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.


It’s super easy to find your course readings

Did you know your course readings are available on Learning@Griffith

Your course readings are super easy to find, so there’s almost no excuse to not do your readings!

You can find a detailed list of all of your course’s readings by going to the Readings link in your Learning@Griffith course site, or simply typing in your course code here. Too easy, right?

Well imagine this is an infomercial, because wait – there’s more! Not only will it provide you a list of all your readings, it will also link you directly to them.

If it’s an online resource, you’ll see a link to the right which says Online Resource (makes sense, right?). Simply click on this link and it’ll take you straight to the resource. eBook, website, video – you’ll be ready to read or watch!

If it’s not an online resource, don’t fret, ‘cause it should be in our library! Simply click on the title, and you’ll be taken to a page which includes the availability and location of the book in our libraries.

You can even personalise your reading lists by assigning a read status to resources (will read, reading now, have read, and won’t read – ‘cause let’s be honest), and adding study notes.


Miss a lecture? Catch up with Lecture Capture

Did you know you can watch Griffith University lectures online? Using Lecture Capture technology, lecturers make digital recordings of course material and deliver it to you via Learning@Griffith.

To access the recordings, simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University user name and password, and head on over to your course site.

For most recordings, you can choose whether to stream the lecture or download to your device. The streaming option allows you to view the recordings as a podcast (audio file) or vodcast (video file) online.

When you stream a recording you can search for text and bookmark important parts of each lecture; a super handy feature to have when it comes to exam revision time!

The download option allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an Internet connection.

You can also listen to lecture recordings in a Learning Centre, Computer Lab or the Library. But be sure to use headphones so you don’t disturb those around you.

For your viewing pleasure (no, we aren’t being sarcastic), some lecturers record other teaching activities, such as seminars, workshops, tutorials. They may also upload their personal recordings to provide you with additional resources.

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support contact the IT Service Centre.


How to print, scan, and copy

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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.

You’ll just need your student number and some money to add to your account. Oh, and you’ll be asked to select a 4-digit PIN. Once that’s done, you’re all set to:

Print

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!

How much does it cost to print an A4 page? That’s a good question. Check out the Student Printing Costs page for a price list.

Scan

Scanning is free for all Griffith students and available on all MFDs. Scanned contents will automatically be sent to your student email in PDF form.

Copy

Do you need to photocopy anything? Whether it’s a couple of pages from a textbook or your friend’s awesome lecture notes, you can make a copy in the library. Our trusty MFDs not only print and scan, they can photocopy as well. Genius, right?

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.


Who can borrow a laptop from the library?

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You can, of course! That’s right, absolutely any Griffith University student can borrow a laptop from the library.

It’s completely free and so very easy to do. Simply mosey on over to the Library Desk and request a laptop. You’ll need to show your student card, but that’s about it.

And then you can have the 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 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).


Stay connected around campus with Griffith WiFi

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While you’re killing time on your smartphone, taking notes in a lecture, or studying in the library – don’t forget to tap into Griffith’s WiFi for staff and students.

You will notice a few wireless networks available at Griffith University. Griffith recommends you use the Griffith University network, which is available across all campuses for use on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

It simply prompts you to log in with your sNumber (e.g. s1234567) and Griffith Portal password. You can find operating system-specific instructions and guidance on getting connected to Griffith’s wireless network here.

Now, if you’re a keen student and want to try and get some study done on your laptop off-campus, you can also use the Eduroam network.

Eduroam provides Griffith students and staff with access to wireless networks at participating institutions, including various Universities, hospitals, and professional institutions.

The only tricky part is that the login details for Eduroam are a tad different to Griffith’s WiFi. Simply log on with a username of sNumber@griffith.edu.au (e.g. s1234567@griffith.edu.au) and your regular Griffith Portal password, and you’ll be set!

As a student, you’re provided with unlimited free internet during off-peak hours, and 5GB of internet during peak hours – you can check out the specifics here.

Don’t forget though, your use of the Internet must be for appropriate and legitimate purposes associated with your study in accordance with the Griffith University Information Technology Code of Practice.


10 things you really need to know about the library

The library is so much more that books on shelves! Getting to know your library will help make studying at university so much easier. So we’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about the library and online environment at Griffith University.

1. You can find EVERYTHING in the student portal
myGriffith is the starting point for everything at Griffith. It’s your student portal which is personalised to you and can be accessed on any device, anywhere, anytime. You can see your daily schedule and exam timetables, receive important reminders and connect to course content and student email. It’s basically everything you need in one place. A one-stop-shop, if you like.

2. You can access all your course content in Learning@Griffith
Learning@Griffith is Griffith University’s online learning and teaching environment. It is the home of all your course content – access course information (e.g. lecture notes) and other useful resources such as online tests and exams and assignment submission points.

3. You can download an App that links to Griffith resources
The Griffith App puts Griffith in the palm of your hand. Once you download the free app, you’ll have links to all the resources you’ll ever need at university. Want to search for library resources? Want to know when your class starts? Need a bit of direction? The Griffith App has you covered. It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

4. You have a Google Apps account
As a Griffith University student, you are given a Google Apps account. This includes your Griffith University Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, and more.

5. There is free software available to you
Did you know Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at Griffith University? You can also download Endnote and Symantec Endpoint Protection directly from the Library via the Software Download Service. Visit the Available Software page for more information.

6. You can borrow unlimited books from the library
Griffith students can borrow an unlimited number of books from any of our six campus libraries. You can also get access to books from 14 other universities by requesting them through Bonus+. And that’s not even mentioning all of the eBooks you can access through the library catalogue.

7. You can study in the library
Our libraries have Social spaces where you can work in groups or catch up with friends, Quiet spaces for quiet discussions and Silent spaces for when you really need to focus with no noise (including phones and talking!). You can also book a study room when you need to get a group together or use the student video conferencing rooms to meet across campuses.

8. There are computers for you to use on campus
Common use computers are available on every campus for you to use. Some computer labs are available 24/7. You can check the availability of computers on your campus. Common-use computers are available in the library.

9. You can access Griffith University Wi-Fi
Connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone to the Griffith University wireless network.

10. You can print and photocopy in the library
Activate your copying and printing account in the library or at one of the red and white kiosks on campus. You can add printing credit via cash or EFTPOS at any of these locations.

Don’t forget to check out the Study section of the new library website. There’s a mass of resources to help you prepare assignments, write assignments, reference, study for exams, and so much more.