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March 23, 2023

Reset Rooms: New calming spaces in your library

We are pleased to announce the launch of new Reset Rooms in our campus libraries! These calming, comfortable and private spaces are specifically designed to promote self-regulation.  

What is a reset room? 

Also known as a sensory room, Reset Rooms are intended to support neurodiverse people and those with sensory difficulties who can find loud, crowded or otherwise ‘busy’ places overwhelming. These spaces include acoustic treatment to existing walls to reduce noise disturbance from external sources, adjustable lighting themes, and different furniture settings.  

Reset rooms can make it easier to stay calm and ‘reset’ when things become too stressful. They’re a helpful support mechanism to allow people with sensory processing issues the chance to participate in university life. Our Reset Rooms have been created as part of Deakin’s commitment to our Disability Access and Inclusion Action Plan and Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. 

‘Our libraries are the heart of the campus, they are community spaces, and at Deakin, we want to make sure we truly create spaces that support and enable everyone to participate and succeed at university,’ says University Librarian Hero McDonald. ‘We hope that it enables greater participation on campus, and that people feel safe and included in the Library.’  

Our rooms are now officially open and we encourage students to make use of them. We will continue to make improvements to the spaces in the coming months, and we value any feedback on how we can best meet the needs of those who are using them.  

What can I expect from a Reset Room? 

Where can I find them? 

Burwood Campus: Library Level 1 Room V1.45  

Waterfront Campus: Library Room D3.122  

Waurn Ponds Campus: Library Level 2 Room JC2.310  

Warrnambool: Library Level 2 Room B2.44  

Find out more about the Reset Rooms on our website 

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