4 reasons to visit the library this Summer

What better place to be than at the library this Summer? Let us convince you why…

1. Escape the heat

Want to chill out (literally) this season without breaking the bank? Well…the library has you covered! If Griffith library isn’t currently your favourite place (and why wouldn’t it be?), it sure is about to be, especially during these warmer months. Our air conditioning (which by the way, you’re not paying for unlike that one at home!) teamed with our comfy chill out spots, is hands down the perfect summer combo.

2. WiFi and computers

Okay, well while we’re on the topic of free stuff…did someone say WiFi? Borrow a laptop from the library for free, or bring your own device and get connectedCommon-use computers are also available in the library. Perfect to use to download your lecture notes from Learning@Griffith, or to catch up on social media.

3. Study and chill out spaces

Whether you’re a silent studier, a quiet studier, a social studier or literally just want to sit here and enjoy the atmosphere, the library has dedicated areas for all of you. Once entering those main doors into the heavenly, air-conditioned world with countless study spaces which we call the library, working at home is just not going to cut it. Don’t forget to book your group space, just in case!

4. Escape the crowds

Summer. Crazy Christmas crowds, traffics jams and busy beaches. Stress o’metre? High! The library is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and relax. We have plenty of books and magazines on offer for your entertainment. Plus, you’ll be saving money – bonus! Check out our hours, we’re basically open every day!

Can you guess the beach balls?

Have you been to Logan campus library?

If so, you may have noticed the cabinet full of beach balls near the entrance. Well, the beach balls are leaving the building – but not before we throw a little competition!

The Library and Campus bookshop are running a small competition for Logan campus staff and students.


Guess the number of beach balls in the glass cabinet.

How to enter:

  • Next time you’re passing by the library, simply guess the number of balls in the cabinet at the library entrance.
  • Submit your guess to the Library Desk at Logan campus.
  • The closest guess wins a prize donated by the Campus Bookshop.


Terms & Conditions:

  • The Library Beach Ball competition is run by the Griffith University Library.
  • The prize is a pack from the Logan Bookshop.
  • Entry into this competition is considered acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • The promotion commences at 9:00 am AEST Monday 3 December 2018 and closes at 5:00 pm AEST Friday 14 December 2018.
  • If there is more than one correct guess, the correct guesses will be drawn randomly to create one winner.
  • Entry is free. Entrants can enter as many times as they like.
  • Only commencing and current Griffith University students are eligible to enter the competition. Current staff are also eligible to enter the competition.
  • Griffith University Library reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of the entries and entrants (including their identity) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with the terms and conditions. Errors and omissions may be accepted at Griffith University Library’s discretion.
  • The winner will be notified via email by COB Friday 14 December 2018.
  • If the winner does not respond to the email within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn on 9:00 am Monday 17 December.
  • Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash. If the prize is unavailable, Griffith University Library, at its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize to the equal value and/or specification.
  • Proof of identification, including student/staff number, will be requested from the winner to validate their entry.
  • If this competition cannot be run due to any reason beyond Griffith University Library’s control, Griffith University Library reserves the right to modify, suspend or cancel the competition.
  • Any costs associated with collecting the prize are the entrant’s responsibility.
  • Winners names will be published on Griffith University Library Social Media. Griffith University Library will deal with each entrant’s personal information in accordance with the Griffith University Privacy Plan.
  • The University will not be liable for any loss, expense, damage or injury sustained by any entrant in connection with this prize draw, the prize or redemption of the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case, that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law).

Library-themed Christmas decorations

That time of the year is getting awfully close!

Crowds at your local Westfield are getting intense, Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you is being overplayed, decorations are going up…

Now, if you need a little #DecorationInspo, we’re here to help! Check out our library-themed Christmas decoration suggestions below:

Christmas tree made of books

Is your Christmas tree starting to look a little worse for wear? We’ve got the perfect suggestion! Create one out of books. Take a look at these pages for instructions:

Or maybe you fancy crafting your own book Christmas tree ornaments? Try these!

Book snowman or reindeer

While we’re making decorations out of books, why not craft a snowman or reindeer while you’re at it? Have a look at this for inspo!

Book advent calendar

Chocolate is so last year. Take a look at this super cute book advent calendar idea.


Want something a little more subtle? Follow these instructions to make:

Psst: want to know where to find the best library-themed Christmas decorations? In our libraries, of course.

While they always decorate in style, we hear this year they’ve got something special planned: each campus library is creating Christmas decorations for another campus to display!

How library borrowing works

You can discover and access our eResources (books, articles, video and music) through our library catalogue, and your course readings directly through your reading lists – it’s as simple as clicking the links. You can also borrow the physical books in our libraries.

To find the physical book you want, search our library catalogue for the book you’re after and use the location and call number that appears in the catalogue record to locate it on the shelf. If the item you want is on loan or at another campus (check the location and status), you can place a hold on it directly from its library catalogue entry. Once it’s returned or transported from the other campus, it will be available for you to collect from your chosen campus’ Express Holds Shelf.

All undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff are entitled to unlimited standard loans. Undergraduate students get a 60 day loan period, while postgraduate students and staff members get six months. However, 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 you’re super keen to get hold of a book Griffith doesn’t have, or our copies are on loan, you can try using BONUS+. Universities around Australia and New Zealand formed BONUS+ to share books in order to give our students and staff the best possible access to resources.

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 under the My Account subheading).

You’ll find more information on the library website about what you can borrow and how borrowing works.

You can borrow a laptop from the library

Did you know that as a Griffith University student you can borrow a laptop for free from the library service desk?

Simply come visit the friendly staff at the library service desk with your photo ID, and we’ll loan you a laptop for three whole hours.

You can use the laptop anywhere on campus; whether you want to head outside, go to class or bunker down in the library, it’s up to you.

All laptops have the basic student software installed and are connected to the University’s wireless network.

Now, be aware that we don’t have an endless supply of laptops. Get in early during the busy periods to avoid disappointment. It’s first come, first served!

Laptops are available for loan during library services opening hours (not to be confused with library building opening hours).

Watch the Melbourne Cup in our libraries today

Study breaks are important.

That is why we’ll be airing The Race That Stops a Nation on our library screens at 2 pm this arvo. Swing on by to enjoy the race in air-conditioned comfort – BYO hat and frock.

Fun Facts about the Melbourne Cup:

  • The Cup has always run on a Tuesday – the first Tuesday in November to be precise. It was first run on a Tuesday in 1875.
  • Fashions on the field was first held in 1962. See some of the best fashion from 2016.
  • The current Melbourne Cup time record is held by Kingston Rule, who won in 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds in 1990.
  • Lucky Victorians get the day off as an official Public Holiday.
  • The youngest ever jockey to win the cup was only 12 years old!
  • The first and only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup was Michelle Payne in 2016. Women have only been allowed to compete in the Cup since 1987.

Halloween Storytime at Mt Gravatt Library

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It might still be eight weeks till Christmas (phew!), but it’s only 2 sleeps till Halloween.

Mt Gravatt campus library got in even earlier with a special Halloween themed Storytime last Friday.

Our Library Campus Services Team Member, Jana Rutledge, runs Storytime sessions in the Mt Gravatt library on the last Friday of each month for the pupils of Yarranlea Primary School – the historic primary school situated on-campus.

Jana specialised in Children’s Librarianship in her Masters degree, which is a boon for the Library and our Storytime program. However, on this occassion, she also had an extra ‘qualification’ to add to her bow – she spent her childhood in the US where they really know how to do Halloween.

The students loved everything about this Storytime! From the perfect choice of book for this month’s reading – Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefller, to the decorations, ghost-shaped ‘treats’ Jana made for the students, the Halloween-themed colouring in activity and Jana’s Halloween-themed dress.

The children loved asking Jana about pumpkins and Trick-or-Treating, and it was a great opportunity for them to learn a little more about something else from another country.