More power points at Canberra library: response to your survey comments

October 30, 2014 – 8:20 am

You asked, and we installed!

In response to your comments in the recent library survey, Canberra campus library now has additional power points installed. Yay!

You can find them in:

  • the silent study space
  • study areas in the general collection
  • outside in the library courtyard.


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Graduating in 2015? Alumni and the Library: response to your survey comments

October 28, 2014 – 1:43 pm

You asked about alumni access in our recent survey- “I am concerned about how available current literature will be after I have graduated from ACU. Do you have facilities for alumni? Or is knowledge going to be locked up for students and professional bodies?”


Thanks for the question.  The Library DOES have an Alumni membership.  It costs $55 for 12 months, $27.50 for 6 months.

This allows you to use the Academic Onefile database from your home or work (login details available when you register) and borrow up to 15 items, for two weeks, from your nearest campus library.


You can renew these loaned items 3 times (online via the Library website), effectively giving you an 8 week loan period, unless someone else has requested them.  More information is available from the Alumni section of the Library website.


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Image credit: Black mortar board. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.


Database server maintenance- Friday 31st October after 4pm

October 27, 2014 – 4:05 pm

We have to do some maintenance on the databases server for about 30 – 60 minutes on Friday 31st October after 4pm.

We know it is an inconvenience but maybe an excuse to start your weekend early?


The A-Z list of databases and Databases by Subject will be unavailable at this time.

You can still access the databases via Library Search and Subject Guides.

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

October 27, 2014 – 11:23 am

Need help to relax during study break or a breather during assessments?

Check out some of these beautiful photos entered in the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest


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A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in San Bartolome de Pinares, about 100 km west of Madrid
© Bartlomiej Jurecki/National Geographic Photo Contest) # 31



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Stamp out Stress day

October 24, 2014 – 11:48 am



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It was Stamp out Stress day on the Melbourne Campus on Tuesday 21 October. There were lots of activities on Campus to help student de-stress as the end of semester and as exams approach including a mini pet party, cooking demonstrations by Nutrition Australia, spontaneous clay sculpting, canine cuddles, massage, and some games of Tamburello.


The Library joined in by offering “TV Comedies” such as The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family throughout the day in the first floor multi-media area.  Students were able to take a break,  have a laugh and hopefully de-stress.


Remember there are lots of people around to help you if you are stressed. The Office of Student Success has Counselling, Academic Skills, Equity and Disability, Student Advocacy…so make an appointment sooner rather than later!


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Image credits: ACU Library

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Recognise this @ Melbourne

October 22, 2014 – 12:43 pm


On Friday October 17th in St. Mary of the Cross Square on the Melbourne Campus, a large street art project was launched. 20 ACU and RMIT students have posters of their faces up on a wall as part of Recognise This’s Paste Up, to show their support for constitutional recognition of Australia’s first people.

Recognise this “is a national movement of determined and creative young people who believe that the Indigenous story of our country deserves to be recognised”.  They aim to recognise Australia’s first people and remove discrimination from the Australian Constitution.

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You asked for more fiction: response to your survey comments

October 21, 2014 – 1:54 pm

In our recent survey you asked us for more fiction books – “More fiction and new release books”, “Some fictional books for leisure reading”, “More recreational e-reading books please.”

Did you know that most campus libraries have some print novels located around 820 in the shelves. They often have small “book swap” collections as well, so ask at your campus library for more information.

If you prefer your reading electronic, the Library has also purchased some great fiction (and non-fiction) ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive. Check them out by following the Recreational Reading link in the Quick links section of the Library website. You can even recommend books for purchase. If you see the black book or the headphones icon (see below) you know that ebook or audiobook is already available to you.

Click on the little person icon recommendIcon to send a request to the Library to buy any book that we don’t have.


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Library banner image credit: Reading A Magazine. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 21 Oct 2014.

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Aussie Backyard Bird Count- get the app and take the challenge

October 20, 2014 – 1:04 pm

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

This week is National Bird Week (20-26 October) BirdLife Australia is encouraging every Australian to head out into their backyard, favourite outdoor space, local park, beach, forest or paddock and take part in the very first Aussie Backyard Bird Count.


There’s an app for that

BirdLife Australia have release a free Aussie Bird Count app. It includes a Field Guide which helps identify almost 400 Australian birds.

Do your 20-minute count on the spot in your favourite patch, and submit your checklist immediately. The app will still be a handy tool as a fully functional field guide after the official Bird Count has finished.


Count yourself in for our challenge

BirdLife Australia have set a national community challenge for Australian’s to spot 100,000 birds during National Bird Week. By contributing to the Bird Count you will be assisting with the collection of vital information by BirdLife Australia on the Australian bird population.

Birds are unique indicators of environmental health. If they are doing well, then so are we.


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National Bird Week – 20-26 October 2014

Image Credit: BirdLife Australia

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Library search maintenance this Sunday

October 17, 2014 – 2:24 pm

There is scheduled maintenance for the library search service on Sunday 19th October. This will happen between 5pm & 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Library Search may be intermittently unavailable, but hopefully you won’t even notice!

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Noise and food in our libraries: response to your survey comments

October 17, 2014 – 10:05 am

This video might make you laugh but noise and food in the Library isn’t always funny.

In our recent survey lots of people told us our libraries are too noisy and we should consider banning food because of the mess it makes?!

We love that you come to the Library to relax and have fun with your friends, but remember that some people like to study in the quiet areas. Please respect their choice and keep the noise down right across the library but especially in the designated quiet and silent areas.

As for food, make sure drinks are covered and the food is not hot. If you’d like to keep bringing food into the Library, make sure you don’t leave a mess when you leave!


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Library banner image credit: Cartoon depiction of boy eating sandwich. [Photograph].
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