Library borrowing: what you need to know

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Did you know that borrowing entitlements for students recently changed? And these changes are good news for you – because it means you can borrow more, for longer!

All undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff are now entitled to unlimited standard loans. Yep, no limit. If you want to borrow 243 books on existential nihilism you totally could (though we’d be asking you why, and would have to check if we even had 243 books on existential nihilism…). Or, you know, you could do the usual and borrow books for assignments and stuff.

Undergraduate students get a 60 day loan period, while postgraduate students and staff members get six months. Though if someone else places a hold on an item you have out it can be recalled. So check your student or staff email for notifications – and for reminders when it’s close to the due date!

If the item you want is on loan or at another campus, you can place a hold on it. Once it’s returned or transported from the other campus, it will be available for you to collect from your chosen campus’s Express Holds Shelf. How good’s that?

Or, if you’re super keen to get hold of a book and Griffith doesn’t have it you can try using BONUS+. BONUS+ is an initiative formed by multiple universities around Australia and New Zealand to share books in order to give our students the best possible access to resources (want more info, check out this blog post).

You can check what you have borrowed out, due dates of items, and even renew your items online from your library account (just click on Griffith login).

For more information, take a look at what you can borrow and for how long.

Be a star and celebrate Harmony Day

You are a star, you really are! And that’s why you should pop into a Griffith University Library next week to celebrate Harmony Day.

Harmony Day is held each year on 21 March. It is a university-wide event where we celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and promote a sense of belonging for everyone at Griffith University.

As a part of Harmony Day celebrations, our libraries will once again be taking part in the One Million Stars to End Violence project.

Visit the Star Making Table located in each library to weave a star or two, or three…  In fact, we encourage you to make as many stars as you want!

There will be colourful ribbon, friendly library staff and easy-to-follow instructions available to you for the whole week. If you’re worried about your weaving skills, or just can’t wait until next week, head to YouTube and learn how to make them online.

The One Million Stars to End Violence is a peaceful global weaving project that engages communities in a conversation about ending all forms of violence.

It aims to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018.

These woven stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.

For information about Harmony Day events across Griffith University, check out the Harmony Day 2017 web page.

Lightning Talks to strike the Gold Coast

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Are you ready, Gold Coast? Griffith University Library Lightning Talks will strike your campus library on Monday 20 March 2017.

Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or speaker’s forums where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

At the inaugural Griffith University Library Lightning Talks last year, Professor Lesley Chenoweth and other researchers, shared their journeys into higher education and their research passions. Over 40 Griffith University students and staff attended the event which was held at the Logan campus library.

This trimester, the Lightning Talks theme is: If music be the food of love, play on. Our line-up of speakers will look at music through different disciplinary lenses – how it impacts not only human relations, but also our health and well-being.

We have speakers from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, School of Human Services and Social Work and the Queensland Conservatorium’s Popular Music program.

Come and hear Associate Professor Sarah Baker talk about volunteers in DIY institutions of popular music heritage.

And don’t miss Dr Lauren Istvandity’s discussion about her research into memories that are triggered by music. She’ll detail how this interaction can be practically applied in to improve wellbeing and quality of life for those living in aged care.

We also have Dr Naomi Sunderland speaking at this year’s Lightning Talks at the Gold Coast. She will talk about music and social justice.

And if you are interested in popular music record production, you will want to catch Lecturer in Popular Music, Brendan Anthony’s talk. He will deliver a short spiel on designing the recording process to promote the manifestation of musical outputs that generate an emotional response from the listener.

No booking is required. Just bring your lunch to the Gold Coast campus library and listen to a sizzling Griffith University Library Lightning Talks.

Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

Monday 20 March, 12 – 1 pm.

Library (G11), Shard Undercroft, Gold Coast campus, Griffith University. (It’s outside the library!)

Note: this event will be filmed.

Is your property safe?


So you’ve locked the door to your house, removed everything of value from your car, and your mobile phone is permanently attached to your hand. All your stuff seems to be as secure as it can be.

But what about when you visit the library? Many students leave their valuables unattended in the library to go grab a book off the shelf, chat to friendly library staff, or have a quick coffee break.

And most of the time, nothing nefarious goes down. But sometimes your stuff will be swiped by sneaky thieves. Whether it’s your purse (or wallet), laptop, tablet or backpack, if you leave it, you could lose it.

Take a sensible approach to your property and don’t leave your valuables unattended.

Griffith University Security has some wise advice about the safety of your personal belongings. Head to the Security web page for tips. And if you see any suspicious persons or activity in your area, contact Security.

Our libraries are a safe place for LGBTI students


Griffith University libraries have always been a safe place for all people – where anyone is welcome to explore any topic without judgment. But in September of last year, we went one step further.

With the support of Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services) Linda O’Brien and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts, we launched our libraries as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Safe Place.

Now, all Griffith University library entrances proudly display a Safe Place sticker to show we’re welcoming, supportive and actively engaged with LGBTI staff and students.

The initiative aims to ensure Griffith University maintains an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust by providing a safe place for LGBTI students and staff to work and study.

As Linda O’Brien explains, ‘Griffith University has always been a place where everyone is welcomed with open arms no matter your background, and we believe providing a safe place for LGBTI staff and students is a natural progression of this’.

We invite you to show your support, and learn a few things, by completing the Walking in Rainbow Shoes eModule in your Learning@Griffith.

If you need support or want to expand your understanding of the LGBTI community, check out the Griffith University Ally Network.

QCA Library will be closed on Monday


The QCA Library will be closed on Monday 30 January for building repairs.

Do you remember the crane incident last year? A crane fell on the Grey Street Studio (SO3) where the library is located and did some damage.

Well, some damage still needs to be fixed and it’s all happening on Monday… and the Monday two weeks after that. Yes, the QCA Library will also be closed on Monday 13 February.

All the other campus libraries will be open and, as always, you can access our online resources 24/7 from home, work or on the go.

Check the library opening hours for your campus library before you come to visit.

Library opening hours for Australia Day


For all those who have been enjoying using our libraries over the summer break, we are taking another quick respite.

Griffith Libraries (across all campuses) will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday tomorrow.

We are heading to the beach to build sandcastles, take a dip, and kick up our feet. If you’re not too busy hanging out in a friend’s pool listening to the Triple J Hottest 100, we may see you there!

Though if that’s not your thing, you can access all your favourite online resources 24/7 on the Library website.

Remember, always check the library opening hours for your campus library before you come to visit.

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