You can borrow a laptop from the library

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Everybody loves a freebie.

Well, how about a free laptop? Well, you can’t take it home exactly, but you can totally use it on campus.

Did you know that as a Griffith 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 could smash some study inside the library or at your favourite study nook on campus, take some notes using the laptop at your lecture or tutorial, or even jump on social media (for educational reasons, of course).

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

Now, be aware 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).

So, if you’re sitting around thinking ‘gee, I wish I could do more study while I’m here on campus, if only I had a laptop…’ you know what to do!


Sort your student printing

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As a student, you can print, scan, and copy on campus.

If you’re brand new, you’ll need to set up a printing account. You can easily do this at any Red Kiosk (located in Griffith libraries and select computer labs) or by visiting the friendly staff at any library service desk, and it’s quicker to do than getting a cup of coffee.

Once that’s done, you’re all set to print, scan and copy.

Scanning is free, and will automatically be sent to your Griffith email. Printing and copying incur a small fee.

You can send jobs to print from any Griffith common-use computer, or wirelessly from your own device. And the good news is you can pick up your print job from any Multi-Function-Device (MFD) on campus. That’s right, any MFD on campus! Or, if you’re needing to photocopy some pages of your textbook, or maybe your friend’s awesome lecture notes, you can easily copy on all MFDs.

Find detailed instructions on how to print, scan, and copy here. You can also check your printing credit online.  And once you’ve finished your studies and no longer need your printing account, you can claim any remaining print credit back.

The lowdown on our computer labs

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So, you’re at uni and have a ghastly four-hour break between lectures. What do you do? Some people may suggest catching up with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, or hitting one of our on-campus gyms.

But we’re the library, so of course we’re going to suggest you get a bit of study in! Plus, start studying early and your week 12 self will so thank you for it, we promise.

To help you study, you’ll find an array of common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

And don’t forget that Griffith students are welcome to use resources at any campus–enrolled at South Bank but want to study at Logan? No problems!

Find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here. You can even check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and various internet browsers.

In addition, they will often have many of the course related software you require. Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.

Sometimes you require specialised software or hardware for your course that isn’t provided on common use computers. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through School-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your school).

Check out our student computing page for more information on using our computers.

Grab a bargain with great IT discounts

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Along with academic skills, we’re sure you’ll find that attending university also helps you develop a range of life skills. Like how to be thrifty, because you’re So. Darn. Poor.

You’re probably on top of the standards, like utilising council pick-up to furnish your home, using your friend’s Netflix account (which we have to disclaim that we don’t condone, because of privacy laws and all that) and a diet of mi goreng (but please, add in some veggies too).

When it comes to computing, we’ve got you sorted.

If you’re after a new computer or IT equipment, Apple, Dell and HP all provide student discounts. You can find these at the HP Griffith store, Dell student deals and the Apple education store (you’ll need your Griffith logon to access the Apple store).

Once you’ve got your workstation, don’t forget the importance of protection! You can get 50% off selected Norton anti-virus products including Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, and Norton Internet Security for Mac. Just register your student email address and follow the prompts here.

You can also download a range of software from our Software Download Service, including EndNote, SAS, SPSS (annual subscription fee applies), Symantec Endpoint Protection and more. And don’t forget you can get Microsoft Office 365 for free!

Find more information at our IT Discounts webpage.

How to ensure your new digital device is cyber secure

Technology seems to move faster than Drogon can fly. We mean, do iPhone 3s even exist anymore?

And, as a student, technology is important: you need a computer to do your assignments on, and a phone to download the Griffith App on. Heck, as a millennial, technology is important: you need a way to keep up-to-date with social media and memes.

So, if the festive period was kind to you, and you may now be sporting a shiny new smartphone or laptop, you’re probably pretty chuffed.

While you’re enjoying the new features, take the time to appreciate how your device totally isn’t encrypted by a deadly virus. We mean, it’s the small things we often forget to be grateful for, right?

In order to keep your device cyber safe, and, you know, not encrypted by a deadly virus, you should follow the below tips:

  • Configure your devices with a strong pin number or password.
  • Ensure your devices are up-to-date with the latest versions of installed applications and operating system software.
  • Enable features on your phone which let you remotely track where the device is should it be stolen or lost. In some cases, this also extends to being able to remotely wipe the device of data.
  • Be careful with public Wi-Fi networks; these can often be setup without strong security controls. If you have to use public Wi-Fi, avoid sensitive data such as banking etc.

For further information, visit our cybersecurity webpage.

The lowdown on available software

There are a bunch of essential things you’re gonna need for uni. Access to the technology you need, study skills, the ability to turn off Netflix and actually do your assignment (we believe in you!!!), etc.

Now, while we can’t force you to sit in front a computer and actually do your work, we can provide you with the software you need to do your work.

We’ve got a bunch of computers around campus, just waiting for you to plonk yourself in front of and start smashing out some assignments.

While they’re all loaded up with the standard software – MS Office, Adobe, and various internet browsers – further applications vary between locations.

You can find a comprehensive list of current computer lab software applications here.

Some areas of study do have specialist software, and in this case your school will provide access to this. For access to specialised labs, contact your school.

If you’re more of the study-from-home type, you can download a great range of software for home use.

You can download the following software for home use through the Software Download Service:

  • EndNote
  • Leximancer
  • NVivo
  • SAS
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

There are also a number of vendors who offer software to students at no cost or at discounted costing (find more information at the vendor discounted software webpage). This software includes:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Education
  • Autodesk Education
  • EViews Student Edition
  • Microsoft Imagine (formerly Dreamspark)
  • SPSS and AMOS for Students (note – an annual fee applies)

And, if you’ve been living under a rock (read: haven’t visited us at a market day stall or followed our social media), don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for University for free.

You can find further information on the Available Software webpage.

Got a great student life hack? Share your idea and WIN!

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Have you ever thought ‘an app for that’ would greatly improve your life as a student? Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that you and your fellow students would find super useful?

Submit your app ideas to the Griffith Hackathon Apps Ideas Challenge by Friday 23 March 2018 for your chance to win a share of over $5,000 in prizes.

The catch is – the idea has to be exceptional and impress our hard-to-impress judges. Your idea will have to be the best of the best.

Concerned about your lack of coding skills? Don’t be. You don’t actually have to build the app, or do anything remotely techy. You just need to brainstorm an amazing app, go to the Hackathon web page and submit it. Easy peasy and potentially very profitable.

Get your entries in today! You can enter as many times as you like. Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 23 March. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

We have some more exciting news! What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, we will be holding a Student Hackathon event.

That’s when we give your app ideas to a bunch of clever students (with coding skills), feed them some pizza, and get them to develop an app in two days.

Check out the winning app 2017 from Griffith University students Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Munchie.

We can’t wait to see your best app ideas! Terms and Conditions apply. Head to the Hackathon webpage for details.