Brisbane Library closed Wed. 16 August for Ekka Show Day

August 14, 2017 – 9:30 am

Brisbane Library will be closed on Wednesday 16 August for the Ekka Show Holiday.

You will still be able to use the after hours facilities at the Library, which will be open from 6am to 11pm.

All of our online resources will still be available through Library Search, the A-Z Database list and Subject Guides.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the Library.

Have a great show day Brisbane!

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New Resource: SAGE Sociology Video Collection

August 11, 2017 – 2:08 pm

ACU Library has a new resource, the SAGE Sociology Video Collection 

What is it?

With more than 120 hours of video, the Sociology Collection covers the full spectrum of the Sociology discipline and supports students and researchers at all levels. An array of different video types are available, including multiple hours of In Practice videos that highlight careers and practitioners in the real world; tutorial videos that shed light on hot topics within the field; and case study videos that explore particular research and its impact on policy.

How can I find it?

SAGE Sociology Video Collection is available online here. You can also find this and other online resources through our A-Z Database List, and Library Search.

Sage video- bringing teaching, learning and research to life

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Downtime: EBL & Ebook Central Sunday 13 August

August 10, 2017 – 10:00 am

The EBL and Ebook Central databases will be down for maintenance on Sunday 13 August.

This will occur between approximately 5am-8am AEST.

Our other databasesjournals and subject guides will still be available through Library website.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Have a question? Contact us! 24/7 chat operates throughout semester.

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Feast Day of Saint Edith Stein: 9 August

August 9, 2017 – 9:30 am

On the 9th of August, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Edith Stein, ACU’s patron saint of research.

St Edith Stein was a brilliant German Jewish philosopher, earning her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Freiburg in 1916. After reading the autobiography of St Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her Baptism as a Roman Catholic in 1922. She later joined the Carmelities, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Edith wrote many philosophical texts integrating her faith with her training in phenomenology.

After living in the Cologne Carmel (1934-38), she moved to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands, which the Nazis occupied in 1940. In retaliation for being denounced by the Dutch bishops, the Nazis arrested all Dutch Jews who had become Christians. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa, also a Catholic, died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz on 9 August 1942.

Want to know more about? Use Library Search to find books, videos and articles on her life and work.

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Edith Stein c.1935

Image credit: Edith Stein / Photo / C.1935. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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New Resource: Women’s Studies Archive—Women’s Issues and Identities

August 8, 2017 – 1:30 pm

ACU Library has a new resource, the Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities

What is it?

This collection traces the path of women’s issues from past to present—pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. Women’s Issues and Identities delves deep into the roles, experiences, and achievements of women worldwide in the 19th and 20th centuries, shining a spotlight on the increasingly frenetic societal change women experienced and shaped in these crucial years.

How can I find it?

Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities is available online here. You can also find this and other online resources through our A-Z Database List, and Library Search.

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Feast Day of Saint Mary Mackillop: 8 August

August 8, 2017 – 9:30 am

On the 8th of August, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop, our university patron saint.

Mary MacKillop believed that we should never see a need without doing something about it, and she dedicated her life to works and values which resonate deeply with the University’s Mission.

Mary Mackillop has special significance for staff and students at ACU. 
She was born directly opposite the University’s Melbourne Campus on 15 January 1842, and lived her later years on the site of the North Sydney Campus.

Co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, St Mary MacKillop is the only Australian to be canonized, making her Australia’s first saint.

ACU’s St Patrick’s and MacKillop Campuses each have a statue of St Mary MacKillop commemorating her connection with the local areas.

You can learn more about Mary MacKillop here, or use Library Search to find books, videos and articles on her life and work.

Mary Mackillop sculpture in Melbourne

The St Patrick’s Campus statue depicts Mary Mackillop in her younger years, facing her birth place

Mary Mackillop statue in North Sydney

The Mackillop Campus statue depicts her in her later years, as she lived there and knew the house (now the Vice Chancellery building) and gardens.

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Visit us on Open Day!

August 7, 2017 – 12:58 pm

Libraries are the heart of a university campus. That’s why we are extending an invitation for you to visit us as part of your Open Day experience.

Come in and check out our spaces and collections, and ask our staff any questions you might have about using the Library while you study.

Check out the details below to find the best time to visit us. We can’t wait to see you there.

Melbourne, Sunday 13 August

  • Open Day hours: 10am-4pm
  • Library open: 10am-5pm

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Canberra, Saturday 26 August

  • Open Day hours: 9am-4pm
  • Library open: 9am-5pm

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Ballarat, Sunday 27 August

  • Open Day hours: 10am-3pm
  • Library open: 9am-5pm

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North Sydney, Saturday 2 September

  • Open Day hours: 8.30am-2.30pm
  • Library open: 9am-5pm

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Strathfield 9 September

  • Open Day hours: 8.30am-2.30pm
  • Library open: 8.30am-5pm

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A sunny day on the Ballarat Campus


Library scheduled maintenance: Monday 7 August

August 4, 2017 – 4:00 pm

There may be disruption to some Library services and resources between 8.20 and 9.20am Monday 7 August due to regular maintenance. We recommend saving your work regularly.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your patience as we improve Library services.


Westlaw UK trial extended

August 4, 2017 – 9:30 am

The Westlaw UK trial has been extended until 9 September 2017.

Westlaw UK provides access to databases of case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials, including:

  • 400,000 case reports and transcripts dating back to 122.
  • Legislation consolidated back to 1267, and updated daily.
  • National, regional and international news and business updates.

Check out other new and on trial resources via the Library A-Z Databases list.

Please have a look and let us know what you think by completing our feedback form.

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Get help finding books, journal articles & more.

August 3, 2017 – 3:11 pm

Using the Library is one of the best ways to get on top of your studies.

With shelves full of books and access to a huge range of resources online, you’re sure to find something to help with research, studying and assignments.

With so much on offer, it can be hard to find what you’re looking for—especially as a new student. We recognize this, which is why our friendly staff are always available to answer your questions.

  • Can’t find a book on the shelf? Ask us at the desk during opening hours and someone will be happy to help.
  • Need help finding information for your assignments? Check out our Subject Guides, or contact us in person, online or over the phone.
  • Up late? We have 24/7 chat and SMS during semester, so there’s always someone to answer your questions.

Your time at university is important, and the Library is here to help you make the most of it. So whatever your question, and whatever the time, we’ll be there.

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