It’s Library Week!

Library week banner

Do you know what this week is? Well, besides being the last week of classes for this trimester (which we’re sure you’re also awfully excited about), it’s Library and Information Week!

Library and Information Week is all about raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia, and showcasing the resources, facilities, events, and services we have to offer.

While we know our students appreciate our libraries (last year we even got given a cake – thank you Layla!), we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you just how wonderful we are.


We’re often hosting fun events, like Music in the Library, Star Weaving, or even a weekend-long hack-a-thon. In fact, our Human Library event is on this week, where you can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.


We have books, a lot of books. And computers so you can check your MyGriffith, access online databases, use software, and – let’s be honest – probably check your social media. You can even borrow a laptop.

But that’s just the physical. Our library website is full of helpful resources such as the library catalogue (a must) and study tips.


We’ve got a myriad of facilities including quiet and social study zones, computer labs, toilets (yeah, they’re kind of a necessity), bookable group study rooms and videoconferencing rooms, and even an Xbox at Gold Coast library.

Did you know we even got Google to come and film our libraries? You can actually take a virtual tour of our libraries. If you haven’t checked it out, you should (it’s pretty cool).

And good news for you, our libraries will soon be open extended hours for study and exam weeks! Check out our opening hours here.


You’ll find friendly staff behind all our library desks. They are there to help you with any library questions you may have. 

Not in the library? No worries. You can also call (07 3735 5555 for Brisbane or 07 5552 5555 for Gold Coast), email, chat us, or ask a question online.

Human Library: Don’t judge a book by its cover

Don't judge a book by its cover

We are hosting a Human Library at the Nathan campus library at 12 pm on Wednesday 24 May 2017. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.

About the Human Library

Human Libraries are all around the world! They are much more than an ‘event’ – they are about providing a space to enable social and cultural connection between people while recognising our differences.

We want people to share their stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

The Human Books will be available in a safe conversational space in the library. Difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the book on loan.

Our collection of Human Books

The Griffith University Human Library collection is quite diverse. Check out our selection of Human Books:

  •   Homeless
  •   Refugee
  •   Adopted
  •   Widow
  •   Muslim Woman
  •   Muslim Man/POW/PTSD
  •   Lesbian/Muso
  •   Gay male
  •   Maori
  •   Indigenous
  •   Women in IT (WIT)
  •   Veteran and Assistance Dog
  •   Author
  •   Tattoos
  •   Dreadlocks

Reserve a Human Book

Bookings are now open. Get in quick so you don’t miss out! Reserve your Human Books today.

Borrowing rules

You are responsible for all the Human Books you borrow. Be sure to follow the Human Library borrowing rules:

  •   All of our books are in mint condition. We expect them to be returned in the same condition.
  •   Do not tear out pages or write notes in our books.
  •   Loans are personal and may not be handed over to other readers.
  •   Your book is a reference for information on a given topic. So you need to ask about the things that you want to know.
  •   Be respectful.

Event details

Time: 12pm – 1.15pm
Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Location: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University

Music in the Library is going POP!

Gold Coast campus is playing host to the next installment of Music in the Library and boy are you guys in for a performance!

Head to the Library at 1pm, Monday 15 May, and you will be treated to a line-up of talented singers and guitarists: Sophia Koop and Monique Matthews accompanied by Ryan Stegman.

Sophia Koop

Sophia Koop is an upcoming 19-year-old pop/electronic artist. Growing up, Sophia always had a love for music and as a result began piano and dancing lessons.

With her rich and soulful vocals, comes forth an explosion of new age pop/electronic music – one that will mesmerise you from the moment you hear it.

You can find Sophia on Facebook and Soundcloud

Monique Matthews

Monique is a newcomer to the alternative-pop scene. Influenced by a wide array of sounds, her creative undertone is a refreshing and fearless take on pop music.

Radiating a bold warmth that introduces you to a world of sincere storytelling, Monique is sure to take you on a journey. Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

You can find Monique on Facebook and Instagram

IDAHOT: Spreading the message of inclusion

Photo of rainbow flag

Next Wednesday (17 May) is the day to rock all things purple!

Whether it’s a scarf, tee or scrunchie, dig a purple accessory (or whole ensemble) out of your wardrobe and wear it proudly to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

IDAHOT commemorates the historic day when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990.

It’s a day to show your support for the same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people around the world. Griffith University is celebrating IDAHOT with events at both the Gold Coast and Logan campuses.

It all starts at the Gold Coast campus in the morning. Join Professor Ned Pankurst as he opens the celebrations with the first rainbow flag raising at the Gold Coast campus.

Arrive at the event early and you’ll be rewarded with yummy refreshments. Rainbow cupcakes will be provided for the first 100 fabulous folks on the day.

Logan campus students and staff, you get to celebrate IDAHOT in the afternoon. Join Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO as she opens the celebrations with the second rainbow flag raising at the Logan campus.

And yes, you’ll be rewarded with rainbow cupcakes too. But remember, you have to be early. Only the first 50 attendees will receive the sugary treat!

Want to help spread the message of inclusion? Join the ALLY network at the Griffith University IDAHOT events. At Griffith everyone belongs.

  • IDAHOT Gold Coast
    When: 10-10:30am, 17 May 2017
    Where: Student Centre (G33), Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University
  • IDAHOT Logan
    When: 2-2:30pm, 17 May 2017
    Where: University Drive, Logan Campus, Griffith University

Get a taste of life at Griffith

Whether you’re currently in Year 12, a mature age student, or thinking about returning to university for postgraduate study, you’ll find answers to all of your questions at Discover Griffith.

Discover Griffith will be held at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses next week. It’s an event not to be missed. Quick, add it to your calendar right now!

Tour the campus, find out about pathways to Griffith, chat with current students about university life, and talk to academic and professional staff about your study options.

Be sure to drop by the library stall to discover the amazing services and resources on offer to support your study. We can also hook you up with a library tour – just ask us.

Discover what Griffith has to offer in a relaxed market atmosphere, with food, games and entertainment. Register now!

Can’t make it to Discover Griffith? Griffith University holds a number of events throughout the year, including Open Day on Sunday 23 July. See key dates for more information.

Discover Griffith – Nathan campus
When: Tuesday 16 May, 4–6.30 pm
Where: Arrival Plaza

Discover Griffith – Gold Coast campus
When: Thursday 18 May, 4-6.30 pm
Where: University Drive Lawn

Borrow a book from our Human Library

Don't judge a book by its cover

No doubt you know the Griffith University library has many, many books on a multitude of topics.

And our library books usually hold what you need. Between the covers, on the printed pages, is the story or information you are seeking.

But this month, we are offering you a different kind of book – a book you can hold an actual conversation with – a Human Book.

On Wednesday 24 May 2017, our Nathan campus library will become the Human Library. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue, that they represent.

It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.

You’ll be able to borrow a Human Book for 15 minutes from our Human Library. There’s no index pages or tables of contents to consult. Our books are interactive – if you want to know something, you only need to ask!

Our Human Books are one-of-a-kind – you may not keep them overnight, get a loan extension, or remove them from the library. If you lose a Human Book, there will be hefty fines involved (#jokes).

The Human Library is a concept created by Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents.

It aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.

Who would you borrow from our Human Library? Here’s a selection of topics/issues:

  •   Homeless
  •   Refugee
  •   Adopted
  •   Widow
  •   Muslim Woman
  •   Muslim Man/POW/PTSD
  •   Lesbian/Muso
  •   Gay male
  •   Maori
  •   Indigenous
  •   Women in IT (WIT)
  •   Veteran and Assistance Dog
  •   Author
  •   Tattoos
  •   Dreadlocks

Event details

What: The Human Library
Where: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University
When: 12pm-1.15pm, 24 May 2017

Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

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