How to borrow a book from the library

Image of Griffith students taking books of library shelves

It’s super easy, we promise!

You can access our eResources through our library catalogue and your course readings through your reading lists.

Then there are our physical books.

To find the book you want, simply search our library catalogue for the call number to locate it on the shelf, or peruse our shelves!

Once you’ve loaded yourself full of books to borrow, mosey over to our Express Loans Unit, scan your ID card, and scan the library barcode on the books to lend them out. Any issues? Just see our friendly library staff at the service counter.

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. Or if you’re an off-campus student, we’ll mail the book to you (find out more here).

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. 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 you’re super keen to get hold of a book and Griffith doesn’t have it 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).

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

Top 10 library and IT questions asked in Week One

When you don’t know the answer to a question at uni, where do you go? If you said Google, you are right. But if you said Ask Us, you are even more right (that’s a thing, right?)

Ask Us provides you with answers to frequently asked questions at Griffith University. It covers hard hitting topics such as referencing, Learning@Griffith, assignment help, WiFi, network and cybersecurity.

Ask Us is indexed by Google, so if you ask good ol’ Google a question about library or IT topics, you will most likely get an answer from Us. Ask Us.

But what exactly do other students ask, you ask? That’s a good question. In an effort to provide you with insight into your fellow students (and not because we are nosy), we did a little digging and came up with surprising results.

We looked at the questions that students asked in the first week of Trimester 2, and funnily enough, it’s all about referencing, assignment submission and online lectures. That’s right, assignment submissions. In Week One!

Here’s the top 10 library and IT questions that you (the students) asked in Week One:

  1. 1. What is the difference between a reference list and bibliography?
  2. 2. Why am I being asked to login to Echo360?
  3. 3. My assessment has been marked in Turnitin. How do I see my marks and feedback?
  4. 4. How do I cite the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in APA 6th style?
  5. 5. Can I view online recordings of lectures?
  6. 6. What is common time?
  7. 7. How do I access my Turnitin digital receipt?
  8. 8. How do I reference a document I found on Google?
  9. 9. What is a Turnitin submission ID?
  10. 10. I submitted the wrong assignment to Turnitin. What should I do?

Do you have a question? Ask Us!

Want to visit our libraries from home?

Now, that sounds like a paradox, right? How can you visit our wonderful libraries from home? Google, that’s how! Well, Google 360…

We’ve had the lovely folk from Google come and film our campuses – including inside our libraries! Think Google street view, just inside.

Did you miss our O Week library tours, or do you want to suss out the best study spots? You can explore the library and scope out the locations of the printers, service desks and return chutes, all from the comfort of your bed.

Just head over to the About the Library webpage, select the campus you want to explore under the Getting There heading and use the arrows on screen to start your online adventure!

Once you’ve finished exploring inside our libraries, we’re sure you’ll want to come visit in person!

Simply scroll down the webpage a little further and to see our library opening hours. See you here!

Changes in copyright responsibility for HDR theses

HDR researchers! Time to take a moment’s break from slaving over your thesis to read about some pretty important changes in copyright responsibility, which the Board of Graduate Research has recently approved.

Copyright responsibility and you

Previously, the Library checked all digital copies of HDR theses submitted for publication on Griffith Research Online (GRO) and redacted any non-compliant copyright material (and candidate signatures).

However, from 1 July 2018 onwards, HDR candidates will be responsible for redacting any material they don’t have the copyright rights for (as well as their signatures) from GRO.

Alternatively, they can seek an embargo on the publication of these theses on GRO until they have secured all the rights.

The Code of Practice for the Supervision of Higher Degree Research Candidates will be amended accordingly (Section 10.4).

This change of responsibility and process reflects the changing nature of HDR research, where candidates are now required to publish at least one peer review article and their journal publishing agreements hold them legally responsible for the copyright content.

Need further help?

You can get assistance from the following guides on the Copyright web page:

You can also consult with the Library’s Information Officer Policy Antony Ley in instances where more complex advice is required.

Stay connected with Griffith library after you graduate


Anyone graduating at the end of trimester 1?

While you’re probably absorbed in a cocktail of study and stress at the moment, we’re sure soon you’ll have some pretty exciting celebrations to tend to!

Once you’ve appropriately celebrated, you may wonder what happens to your Griffith access after you graduate. If so, take a squiz at our article where we give you the low-down.

Then there’s the sad realisation that you’ll no longer be visiting your favourite place ever (Griffith library, obvs) every day. But, don’t get too upset just yet. As you embark on your exciting post-university adventures, you can still keep Griffith library close. In fact, you can still visit us every day if you want to.

Griffith alumni are eligible for an alumni membership, which allows you to borrow up to 20 standard loan items. And did we mention it’s free? Just come in to sign up, and you’ll get a yearly membership for free!

You’re also welcome to use our library spaces at any time. For more information, check out what you can borrow as a community member.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected through Griffith’s Alumni Network.

How to take a study break

Is all this study getting to you? Are you hitting refresh on Facebook every five seconds while your half-read lecture notes loom in another tab?

It sounds like you need a break (from social media procrastination and study!).

There are a few things you can do to optimise your study time and ensure your breaks are efficient and rejuvenating.


  • Make a task list. Finished writing section 3.4? Finished reading chapter 11? Tick.
  • Set breaks periodically. Have a break after set time periods or when you reach a milestone. Maybe even set a timer.
  • Get some exercise. Moving will help stimulate your brain. Why not do some stretches to loosen up?
  • Have a snack. Fuel your mind. Trading times for on-campus food outlets can be found here.
  • Go outside. Catch that Vitamin D.


  • Don’t heck your social media accounts in the interim. You—close that Facebook tab!
  • Don’t start a new series on Netflix. Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why can wait!
  • Don’t set unrealistic goals. No, you can’t finish summarising the entire semester’s course readings in one night.

We constantly stress about impending assessment while procrastinating on the essay, presentation, project or study. It’s a perceptual cycle of stress!

The best way to kick that stress? In the words of Nike, Just Do It (with some study breaks).

Did you know you can book a group study space?

We’ve got an array of different spaces for you to use in our libraries.

We’ve got silent study spaces where you can get in the zone and study, quiet study spaces ‘cause sometimes you’ve gotta make a little bit of noise and social study spaces for collaboration.

We’ve also got bookable group study spaces at every campus.

If you’re working on a group assignment, have scheduled a group study session for your upcoming exams, or want some privacy for your group study, you can book a group study space for up to two hours a day three times per week.

  • Go to the library’s Study page:
  • Scroll down to the red Bookable group study spaces block.
  • Click the Book your space link.
  • Select the campus you want, click on the time desired, and follow the prompts to submit your booking.

Now, you’ve just gotta turn up at your booked study space during your booked period and study away!