Griffith Archives

WHAT is the Griffith Archive? 

Students undertaking group study in the library during the mid to late 1970s.

The Griffith Archive serves as a repository for material relating to Griffith University since its concept through to the present day.  

WHERE is the Griffith Archive? 

The Archive makes its collection publicly available online through the Griffith Archive website. This provides the opportunity for members of the Griffith community and those outside the University to become more familiar with our story.  

WHO can I talk to for more information? 

You can contact the Griffith Archive at 

If you wish to donate items or images of Griffith’s history, please contact the Griffith Archive  before completing a Griffith University Donated Items Form. Please refer to the Griffith Archive Collection Policy

Exam time is here- look after yourself

Take time out to look after yourself this exam period!

Did you know that looking after your well-being positively influences your ability to perform at your best during exam time?

Part of your exam prep should include taking a break to relax, and what better way to do this than at one of our Relaxation Stations.

Relaxation Stations are set up in each campus library with games and activities that promote mindfulness such as puzzles, colouring-in and origami. Just look for the Relaxation Station banner or ask one of our friendly staff in your campus library for directions.

If these activities aren’t your thing, you could try:

Don’t forget to fuel your body and mind with good food and sleep!studyexamweek

Yes, we’re open and here to help

yesweareopenExams are approaching and the library is here to help!

We know final assignments are nearly due and end of Trimester exams are fast approaching, so we are extending our library opening hours from Tuesday 28 January. Why start on Tuesday, you ask? Well, Monday is the Australia Day public holiday so we’ll be reducing our hours that day, but from Tuesday Nathan and Gold Coast libraries will be open until midnight during the week and additional hours on weekends.

You can view all campus library opening hours on the library website:

Not only are we providing a great place to study, we also have all the resources you need to ace your assessments.

With such a wide range of resources available at your fingertips, you’re sure to find what you need!

Jump back into study!


It’s a new year, we’re back and ready to jump into studies for 2020 – are you?

If not (or if you just need a little help to get back into it), don’t fret – the Library is more than books on shelves. We’ve got workshops and specialist advice to help you make the most of your university study, spaces for those who need silence and those who like to have a chat, and friendly staff who can help you with all your library needs.

We’re here to help, so check out Ask Us 24/7, contact us by phone, email, chat or find us in person.

Welcome back!


We hope you had a fantastic break and enjoyed the time off with family and friends. Griffith Library also took a short break over the holidays but we’re back today and ready to jump into 2020!


Here are our opening hours and roll on 2020!

Look after yourself


Studying at university can be a stressful time in your life. Make sure you look after yourself and take the time to do something other than hit the books. This could be:

  • Chilling out in the library – the designated Safe Place for LGBTIQ+ staff and students.
  • Checking out the back catalogue of Lightning Talks.  They were all recorded and are now available online for you to watch whenever you like. There’s a range of talks on topics such as sustainability, equality, creativity, crime and punishment and much more.
  • Take a break! Get outside and take a walk, chat with friends and remember that while your studies are important, there’s more to life.

The light ascending: Creativity unites us all

“No one gives a creative rules, we make rules for ourselves.” Vanessa Tomlinson.


The final Lightning Talks of the year was all kinds of quotable! To end the year with a bang of creative flair, Griffith Review and Griffith Library called on some creative experts. Our panelists Vanessa Tomlinson, Holden Sheppard, Andrew Brown and Mirandi Riwoe were on-board to give us some insight into their creativity endeavors and processes, inspiring us in the lead up to the end of the year.

Our creatives talked about their own processes, how they view creativity and how creativity exists in each and every one of us. As Mirandi put it “‘All of it is tied to hard work and learning your craft… Imagination and the creative side of things is tied to work ethic and the discipline to get things down on the page.”

Not only did we examine the process of creativity, but we discussed the ways in which creative endeavors and art can benefit everyone. Art helps us make sense of our world, our traumas and our triumphs, our history and our place in the world.  And in Andrew Brown’s words “creativity comprises [of] novelty and value”.

Holden Sheppard talked about his book as an “experimentation in self” allowing him to use character and narrative to represent different aspects of himself. He reflected on writing as a way to fill gaps, to re-imagine possibilities — and for the better.


The panelists agreed that no matter what your art of choice, all creatives have a commonality, especially when it comes to their creative processes and their appreciation of what art can bring.

In addition to the panel, we were treated to a viewing of QCA student Ashley Peel’s work “Covered in Gold” which explores a retelling of Cinderella and the feminist ideal.

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The audience, as always, asked amazing questions and we all walked away itching to pick up a pen or paintbrush…or even just an excellent book.

A huge thank you to our panelists for sharing their creative selves. A special thanks also goes to to our moderator Dr Ashley Hay from Griffith Review, and the hardworking team who helped bring this Lightning Talks event together.DSC_0327

Join us next year for more Lightning Talks but in the meantime you can catch ‘The light ascending: Illuminating creativity’ and all of the 2019 series at Griffith Library Lightning Talks