Rydge Family Library

The Rydge Family Library is a highly specialised collection of sensory impairment resources designed to support the RIDBC Renwick Centre's research and postgraduate programs, as well as the information needs of RIDBC staff. Our collection has been growing steadily for over twenty years, collecting relevant research and scholarly literature written in the field of education for the sensory impaired child, from both Australia and overseas.


Library Facilities

Information services for students and staff, wherever you are

Postal loans of material from the library’s collection are available to Renwick Centre students and RIDBC staff. Librarians will also access and email journal articles, book chapters and perform database searches to assist students and staff. Please phone or email the library to discuss your needs.

On campus facilities

We offer a comfortable and modern environment for students and staff, including access to Wi-Fi and laptops. A quiet study room is available for group or individual use. Desktop PCs, printing and photocopying facilities are also provided. The library is adjacent to the Student Common Room, with access to kitchen facilities, a DVD player and study space.

Technology

All the information resources of the Renwick Centre Library are listed on the NEWCAT catalogue (https:/library.newcastle.edu.au). Holds, requests and renewals are made via MY LIBRARY on NEWCAT using your library barcode and self-allocated PIN. Journal articles, eBooks and course readings are available online through Macquarie University’s MultiSearch tool (https://multisearch.mq.edu.au).


About the Rydge Family

Mr Norman RydgeNorman Rydge, AM OBE is Vice-Patron of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. He was a member of the Board of Directors from 1977 until 2009, and was President from 1995 until 2009. He and his wife Lorita, together with his family, have been exceptional supporters of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.