Relax with the Library – movies, TV shows, books and magazines online and free

June 26, 2017 – 9:30 am

Exams are over and it’s time to take a break.

Image of students relaxing in the Library

If you’re after something to do this Winter Recess, look no further than the Library. We have great movies, TV shows, books and magazines – online and free for ACU students!

Our Recreational Reading and Viewing Guide is updated monthly with new releases and popular titles.

No matter what you’re looking for, we have something for you. Check out:

Kanopy to watch movies, TV shows and documentaries online.

OverDrive for eBooks and audio books in a range of genres, from romance to science fiction.

PressReader to find popular magazines and newspapers.

Music Online: Listening for music from over 500 producers and distributors around the world.

If you’d like to visit the Library, we’re still open during the break from Monday-Friday. Check our opening hours for more details.

In the Library you can find children’s literature, TV shows on DVD and a range of fiction books. Use Library Search to find exact locations.

We also have comfortable spaces for you to relax with your next great read.

If you have any questions, contact us. We’re always happy to help.



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Feast Day of Saint Thomas More: June 22

June 22, 2017 – 9:30 am

June 22 is the Feast Day of Saint Thomas More, the Patron Saint of the Faculty of Law and Business.


Saint Thomas More born in 1478, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He opposed Henry VIII of England’s separation from the Catholic Church and in 1535 was tried for treason and beheaded.

Learn more about the life of Saint Thomas More using Library search, or check out his biography online from The Columbia Encyclopedia

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Library scheduled maintenance: Monday 26 June

June 21, 2017 – 12:55 pm

There may be disruption to some Library services and resources between 9.15 and 10am Monday 26 June 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.

Have you noticed something different? Updates to the Library Website

June 16, 2017 – 4:48 pm

You might have noticed some changes to our website homepage over the past few days. We’ve gone purple to match the new ACU website. Read the rest of this entry »


June 15, 2017 – 3:35 pm

No matter what you’re studying, the Library is here to help you succeed.

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Queen’s Birthday: Monday 12 June

June 9, 2017 – 9:00 am

Monday 12 June 2017 is celebrated as The Queen’s Birthday public holiday.  All campuses except Brisbane will be closed (Brisbane celebrates the Queen’s birthday in September).

We are open for normal weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday (and the following Tuesday…), so please check the opening hours for the right times for your campus.

  • Ballarat Library After Hours Facility will be OPEN as usual from 6am-11pm
  • Library chat service will be available on Monday all day and night.

Our online resources – eBooks, eJournals, databases – are all available 24/7, even on public holidays!

Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II in Yellow

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NEW: Updates to Library website

June 7, 2017 – 2:56 pm

At ACU Library, we regularly monitor usage and feedback about our site to make sure we are doing the best we can to meet your needs.

Did you know, Opening Hours is one of the most popular links on our website?

Because of this, we’ve moved the link to front and centre of our homepage:

Opening Hours

Contact Us is another popular link, so we’ve moved it to the top of our Quick Links menu:

Contact the library

We also looked at the tasks you complete when you come to our website, and we found that looking at Databases, eJournals, and searching our Library collections are all closely related. There are now links to the A-Z Databases and A-Z eJournals lists right below the Library Search Box.

New search screen

If you have Feedback about our website or services, you will now be able to make comments from any page of the website as we’ve added a Feedback link to our Quick Links menu.


We hope you like the changes!



Feast day of St Marcellin Champagnat: 6 June

June 6, 2017 – 11:28 am
Portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

Portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

June 6 is the Feast Day of Marcellin Champagnat, who is the ACU Patron Saint of the Students, Learning and Teaching Portfolio.

Who was Marcellin Champagnat?

Marcellin Champagnat was born on May 20, 1789, the year of the French Revolution, and died on June 6, 1840. He was a priest of the Society of Mary and the founder of the Little Brothers of Mary, a congregation of brothers devoted to the education of the young. At his canonization in 1999 by Pope John Paul II, the Holy Father said of him, “St Marcellin proclaimed the Gospel with a burning heart. He was sensitive to the spiritual and educational needs of his time, especially to religious indifference and the situations of neglect experienced in a particular way by the young.” – from ACU website

What is the Students, Learning and Teaching portfolio?

The Students, Learning and Teaching portfolio incorporates areas of the University which focus on activities relating to students, learning and teaching. This includes:

  • Library
  • Office of Student Success – academic skills, careers, counselling, equity and disability, student advocacy, student associations, campus life
  • Learning and Teaching Centre

These services are an essential part of the University that support students.


Scheduled Maintenance: Emerald Insight Online

June 5, 2017 – 9:38 am

Some features of the Emerald Insight Online database will be unavailable due to maintenance scheduled for Tuesday 6 June 2017.

During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following functions unavailable:

  • Activating access tokens
  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Alert subscriptions
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  • E-commerce
  • Registration

The maintenance may last for up to 12 hours  from 6:00pm (AEST) Tuesday 6 June until 6.00am (AEST) Wednesday 7 June.

You can still access our other eResources online. Find them through databases or subject guides.

Have any questions? Contact us! 24/7 online chat available during semester.


On trial: Emerald eCase Collection

June 2, 2017 – 2:51 pm

The Library has Emerald eCase Collection on trial until 7 July 2017.

Emerald eCase Collection contains a digital library of over 1,500 real-world case studies on a wide range of industries, spanning business and management disciplines from both emerging and mature economies across the globe.

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.