Downtime: Book a PC not available Wednesday 10 February

February 9, 2016 – 8:23 am

Computers will still be available at every campus library, but you won’t be able to book PCs through the Book a PC software on Wednesday 10 Feb.

We are upgrading the server before semester starts!

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Past exam papers: undergoing development

February 3, 2016 – 9:02 am
ACU Library

The past exam papers database is undergoing development.

As such, during the month of February 2016, access to past exams will be unavailable. This will occur from Monday, 1st February and completion will be announced at a later date.

Keep visiting our blog or subscribe for news to find out when access has been restored. Alternatively, you can also follow us on:

Thank you for your understanding and patience during the development process.

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The Library does not send out account expiration emails

February 2, 2016 – 10:51 am

ACU Library does not send out account expiration emails.

If you receive any such emails please delete them.

If you have followed the links in any such emails, please contact us via and change your ACU login password immediately by following the below:

  1. Go to
  2. If you have not previously enrolled into the SSRPM tool, please do so now, otherwise proceed to the next step. After enrollment you can reset your password without needing to contact IT
  3. Once enrolled go back to and select ‘Change Password’. Please choose a password that offers your accounts suitable security.
  4. Once your password is reset it will be synchronised with your email. If you experience any difficulties please contact your local IT team.


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Feast day Saint Thomas Aquinas: 28 January

January 28, 2016 – 2:45 pm
ACU Library

Thursday, 28th January is the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Saint Thomas Aquinas is the Patron Saint of our Ballarat (Aquinas) Campus. A Dominican Friar, Thomas Aquinas was a renowned theological scholar. He is most noted for writing the Summa Theologica. As a comprehensive statement of thought on all the Christian mysteries, the Summa Theologica remains one of the most significant theological texts.

Image of Saint Thomas Aquinas

What are Patron Saints?

Patron Saints are often touted as those who can intercede in heaven on our behalf, or advocate for a cause.  Yet, more importantly, our Patron Saints help and inspire us to follow the example of their lives.

At Australian Catholic University (ACU) traditions are important, and to that end, we have decided that the University have a Patron Saint, and that each of the University’s faculties will have a Patron Saint – to help us carry the spirit of faith, learning and justice in all that we do.

These Patron Saints are deemed to be special protectors in a specific area, through either tradition, custom, or by declarations of the Church (taken from an explanation of Patron Saints on the ACU website)


Farmer, D. (2011). Thomas Aquinas. In The Oxford Dictionary of Saints. (n.p.): Oxford University Press. Retrieved 27 January 2016, from

Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors. (2016). Our Patron. Retrieved 28th January 2016, from

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Australia Day: campus libraries are closed

January 25, 2016 – 9:53 am
ACU Library

All campus libraries will be closed for Australia Day – Tuesday, 26th January.

After hours facilities will still be available for Ballarat and Brisbane.

All campus libraries reopen on Tuesday, 27th January. Head to our website for more details on opening hours.

In the meantime, why not watch an Australian movie to celebrate? We have heaps on DVD, but we also have some classics available online, streamed straight to you… easy!

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Possible service interruption Monday 5pm – 6pm

January 18, 2016 – 11:12 am

There may be some interruption to service – permalinks, access to databases during this time (AEDT) – that’s 4pm-5pm in Queensland. Library Search will not be affected.

Apologies for any inconvenience – we want things shipshape for the start of semester!


North Sydney Library: normal services resume

January 18, 2016 – 10:26 am
ACU Library

As of Monday, 18 January 2016 – normal services have once again resumed at North Sydney Library.

You can take a look at North Sydney Library’s  opening hours to see when it’s available for you to visit!

Thank you again for your patience and understanding :)

photo of students studying in one the of the new North Sydney library spaces

North Sydney Library

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Downtime: ProQuest Sunday 17 January from 2pm

January 14, 2016 – 11:14 am

ProQuest are doing some maintenance that will affect a number of its databases. This will occur on Sunday, January 17, from 2:00pm (AEST) and is expected last about 8 hours.

The majority of ProQuest products will not be available during the scheduled maintenance period, including:

  • ProQuest platform ( and associated databases.
  • eLibrary (all editions)
  • RefWorks

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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North Sydney Library: 4-15 January limited facilities and resources

January 12, 2016 – 11:02 am

The North Sydney Library will not be open from Monday 4 January to Friday 15 January due to major electrical work occurring in the Carroll Building. There will be no power in this building

A library service point will be set up in the room CH4.02, level 4, Champagnat House, 8-10 Berry Street during this period.

Although the library will be closed during this period, a limited book-fetch service will be available via the library staff. This means that the library will be operating with a limited range of facilities and printed resources during this period.

Services available during 4 – 15 January 2016

  • all online resources are accessible
  • iPads and Laptops available for loan
  • items identified by summer school units
  • a limited book-fetch service will be available (3 times a day at 11am, 2pm and 4pm – weekdays)
  • study space, casual seating, PC lab, and printer/copier are accessible on level 4, Champagnat House, 8-10 Berry Street where the library service point will be located

Services not available during this period

  • level one and two of the Library in the Carroll Building
  • main print collection will not be accessible to the clients, as there is no power in this building
  • group study rooms, study carrels and PC lab on level one are not accessible

Our full range of library services will be available from Monday 18 January.

We are committed to maintaining essential services and appreciate your understanding and patience :)

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Downtime: Library Search Sunday 10 January 11pm – 12am AEDT

January 8, 2016 – 11:16 am

There will be a short disruption to Library Search between 11pm and 12am (1 hour) AEDT on Sunday 10 January. Downtime in Brisbane will be 10pm to 11pm.

This will affect Library Search, linking to full-text content, linking to databases, logging in to myLibrary and real-time availability of items.

To connect to databases during this time, use a Subject Guide to gain access (or snooze!).


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