Our libraries are LGBTI Safe Places

Griffith is proud to be a diverse space where everyone is welcome.

As part of the Safe Campuses initiative, Griffith is committed to providing safe and inclusive campus communities, free from harassment, bullying, discrimination and assault.

Our campus libraries are safe and inclusive places – where anyone is welcome to explore any topic without judgment. Have you noticed the bright and beautiful stickers at our library entrances? They’re much more than just a sticker. They actually hold a lot of importance and identify all our Griffith Libraries as LGBTI Safe Places.

This means it doesn’t matter what your gender, background or sexual orientation is. Our libraries will provide a safe and welcoming area for all Griffith staff and students to work or study.

We invite you to show your support, and learn a few things about the LGBTI community, by completing the Walking in Rainbow Shoes eModule in your Learning@Griffith. If you need support or want to expand your understanding, come along to a coffee catch up or get in touch with the Griffith University Ally Network.

Griffith is also committed to its students’ wellbeing. Personal, relationship, study or work-related problems can impact mental health, so the university offers free counselling services to all students.

6 fun (student budget friendly) activities to do this trimester break

Whether you’re studying in trimester 3 to fast-track your degree, or taking a looong summer uni break, right now it’s holiday time!

Finally, you can sit in bed watching Netflix without feeling guilty that you should be studying. And while we think watching Netflix is a fantastic way to spend your break (FYI – we suggest Wild Wild Country), we thought we’d give you a few other (student budget friendly) options.

  1. 1. Catch a free live gig with Livespark at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s held every Sunday at 3.30 pm
  2. 2. Take a ride on a boat. Well, the CityHopper. Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane river, which runs every 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Try bare foot bowls at your local bowls club (it’s not just for retirees). It generally costs under $10, and you can grab some food or a drink while you’re at it.
  4. 4. Hang with some koalas at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre (free admission).
  5. 5. Hire a bike through CityCycle and go for a ride along the Brisbane Riverwalk.
  6. 6. Borrow a book from our library, curl up on the couch and have a good read! Need some book suggestions? We’ve got you covered.

Have a suggestion? Let us know in the comments!

5 books to read this trimester break

You did it! You survived another trimester of teaching.

How are you planning to spend your trimester break? FYI – we suggest on the couch, with a cup of tea, a cat nearby and a good book.

Though, like deciding what you actually want to eat for dinner, picking which book to dedicate yourself to for eight-or-so hours can be difficult.

Luckily for all you indecisive folk, there’s an online random book selector which will make that decision for you! Here are five books it suggested for us:

  1. 1. Enduring love – Ian McEwan
  2. 2. The end of history and the last man – Francis Fukuyama
  3. 3. Undertow – Sydney Bauer
  4. 4. Personal politics: the psychology of making it – Ellen Langer & Carol Dweck
  5. 5. Dreams in myth, medicine, and movies – Sharon Packer

You can find the above books in library catalogue or through Bonus+.

Don’t like any of those suggestions? Try the random book selector yourself and see what it comes up with for you!

Get to know your library with a library tour

Our libraries are so much more than just books on shelves. There are study areas, bookable group study spaces, helpful library staff, computers, laptop loans, printers and much more.

Want to get to know your campus library a bit better? We’re here to show you around!

Next week, 22 to 26 October 2018, we’re running library tours daily.

Library Campus Location Time Frequency
Gold Coast Graham Jones Building (G10) 10.30 am – 1.30 pm Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour
Logan Wayne Goss Centre (L03) 12 noon – 2 pm As required
Mt Gravatt Information Services Centre (M13) 12 noon – 2 pm As required
Nathan Willett Centre (N53) 10 am – 2 pm Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour
South Bank Conservatorium (S01 1.23) &
College of Art (S03)
12 noon – 2 pm As required

Are you keen? You don’t need to book, just rock up to the library and meet us in the foyer. See you there!


Stay connected with Griffith Library with a free alumni membership

Are you graduating this trimester?

If so, congratulations!!

Even though you may be leaving us shortly, it doesn’t mean you have to say farewell to our libraries.

As a Griffith graduate you are eligible for an alumni library membership. This allows you to borrow up to 20 standard items from our physical collection.

And, did we mention it’s free? Just come in to sign up, and you’ll get a yearly membership for free!

You’re also welcome to use our library spaces at any time. For more information, check out what you can borrow.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected through Griffith’s Alumni Network.

Lunchtime documentary: ‘Paywall: The Business of Scholarship’

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

Free Lunchtime screenings:

Nibbles are provided, please register your interest on the Facebook event links below for catering purposes.

Get a head start on study by attending our Earlybird workshops

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 3, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students. Find out more at our Library Orientation webpage.

Writing university assignments (2hrs) 

Covers the basics of getting started, structuring and writing assignments.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
9.30 am
9.30 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Getting started on an ePortfolio on PebblePad (45 mins)

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.  Bring along a device and your login details.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
11.45 am
11.45 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Researching and referencing for your assignment (2hrs)

Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
1.30 pm
1.30 pm
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Library orientation

The library is so much more than books on the shelves.

You can take a 15 minute tour of your library during orientation week. Getting to know your library will make studying at university so much easier.