The lowdown on library lending

Pile of books

Did you know that Abibliophobia is the fear of running out of reading material?

More importantly, did you know that students have unlimited library borrowing? That’s right, we will let you walk out the door with all the books you can carry…as long as you borrow them first! No Abibliophobia here!

For postgraduate students the lending period is 6 months. Undergraduates get a slightly less epic 60 days. 1 loan renewal is available to all students.

The only time your due date changes is if someone else wants the book you’ve got. When a hold is placed on a book in your possession, you will receive an email asking you to return it within two weeks. In this case, be kind and return the book asap to the nearest library. Then when you place a hold on a book someone else has, karma will totally have your back and that person will return your desired book asap. It’s the circle of library life.

If you need any more information, or want some help finding the books you need, check out our borrowing information or come and see our friendly library staff. We’ll help you find all the books you can reasonably carry*.

*BYO sturdy bag or army of minions to help get them home safe.

Best books: Librarians’ pick

The Little Prince

Our librarians have a wealth of knowledge. They use that knowledge to provide support to students and staff for research, referencing, academic writing, strategies for getting published, and much more…

But beyond that, there’s another thing which they know well. Books. So we asked them a simple question: what book would they recommend you read?

Here’s what they had to say:

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Recommended by Cherie Basile, Arts, Education & Law Librarian
I found it so beautiful when I was first reading it that I did not want to ever finish it. I can remember rationing myself to only one chapter per night as I got closer to the end. It only has 91 pages and the chapters are only a few pages each long, so that was a hard thing to do, but I just wanted it to last forever. I would wish a book like that for everyone.

The Tomorrow series – John Marsden
Recommended by Rhiannon Reid, Library Services Team Member
One of the best book series I have ever read, I re-read repeatedly as a student. The Tomorrow series taught me about courage, friendship…and camping. But mostly the first two things. For students who are moving towards independence and self-sufficiency, I cannot recommend these books more highly.

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Recommended by Anie Woskanian, Library Services Team Member
This is one of my favourite books. I think every student needs to escape reality now and then. This book offers just that!

The Talisman – Stephen King and Peter Straub & The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
Recommended by Stephanie Ferguson, Library Services Team Member
It’s a toss up between these two. I think Harry Potter as a whole series was amazing and my husband and I read it to our children as they were growing up….until they could read it for themselves. The Talisman has so many layers and interesting characters it was hard to put down.

The Design of Everyday Things – Donald Norman
Recommended by Suzanne Bailey, Resource Discovery Specialist
Have you ever stood in front of a microwave, pausing to think, because you were not sure how to open it. After reading this book you will never look at any object (or interface) the same. Norman points out the obvious – things I took for granted and made me think about everything in a new light. The next time you fumble with a door, a tap or your mobile device, you will think back to the lessons of the book and question everything.

Elvis Presley: Unseen Archives – Marie Clayton
Recommended by Rhonda Nothling, Library Services Team Member
This is one of the best Elvis books out there, and Elvis is the King so everyone must read this book!

The First 90 Days : Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels – Michael Watkins
Recommended by Maureen Sullivan, Director of Library and Learning Services
The book is particularly relevant as the University focuses on employability and soft skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. It’s a great, short, easy to digest primer on negotiating and surviving those early weeks in any new position but especially one with supervision or management responsibilities.


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.

What to read during the mid-semester break

Photo of girl reading a book

It’s almost mid-semester break! We bid you a fond farewell… for a whole week.

Now, we know you don’t really get a break. Yes, there’s no class, but you still have a gazillion assignments to do.

But if you do have a spare moment and would like to achieve more than a selfie with the latest Snapchat filter, you could read a book. And we have plenty of books to keep you entertained for days or minutes (whatever you have time for); we are a library after all.

So this is the point where we usually bang on about eBooks and our amazing range of eBook databases (eBrary, EBL and Books 24×7). But not today. We mean actual books that you can hold, flip and sniff.

We checked the library catalogue to see what delightful fiction novels we hold on our shelves. And we seem to have quite the range – young adult fiction, adventure stories, graphic novels and historical fiction, to name a few.

Here’s a selection of books that have won prestigious literary awards (because you only have time to read the best of the best, right?):

The Pause / John Larkin
Random House Australia, 2015
Declan seems to have it all: a family that loves him, friends he’s known for years, a beautiful girlfriend he would go to the ends of the earth for. But there’s something in Declan’s past that just won’t go away, that pokes and scratches at his thoughts when he’s at his most vulnerable. Declan feels as if nothing will take away that pain that he has buried deep inside for so long. So he makes the only decision he thinks he has left: the decision to end it all. Or does he?

All the birds singing / Evie Wyld
Vintage Books Australia, 2013
Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods? Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of how one woman’s present comes from a terrible past.

Breath / Tim Winton
Penguin Books, 2009
More than once since then I’ve wondered whether the life-threatening high jinx that Loonie and I and Sando and Eva got up to in the years of my adolescence were anything more than a rebellion against the monotony of drawing breath. Breath is a story about the wildness of youth – the lust for excitement and terror, the determination to be extraordinary, the wounds that heal and those that don’t – and about learning to live with its passing.

All the lights we cannot see: a novel / Anthony Doerr
Scribner, 2014
A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie Laure.

City of Bohane: a novel / Kevin Barry
Graywolf Press, 2013
Set 40 years in the future, the once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is in terminal decline, with vice and tribal splits rife. Logan Hartnett, godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang has been in charge but his nemesis has arrived back in town, his henchmen are becoming ambitious, his wife wants him to give it all up and go straight and, he has his mother to contend with.

e-Textbooks make life easier and your bag lighter

Hold on to your hats! e-Textbooks are here

Hold on to your hats! e-Textbooks are here.

Like many academic libraries around the world, Griffith Library is moving towards digital access to textbooks (e-textbooks).

We try to provide our students with an e-textbook where possible, so you can access textbooks at any time, from anywhere (because who doesn’t enjoy freedom like that?).

Let’s face it, nobody wants to lug around heavy, bulky textbooks. With e-textbooks, you can read them on your home computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device. No heavy lifting required!  And if you want to read a print copy, you still can. Simply, print out the chapter you want.


Keen to find out if your textbook is available electronically? Search the Library Catalogue:

  • Click Books (located above the Search Box)
  • Select the Ebooks only checkbox
  • Enter the title of your textbook
  • Click Search

Your course readings may also be available electronically. To find them:

  • Go to the Library Catalogue
  • Click More (located above the Search Box)
  • Click Course readings
  • Enter your course code or course title
  • Click Search

Studying science? Check out these brand new science e-textbooks: Read the rest of this entry »

A literary gift guide

shutterstock_12832882Here at the Library we love a good book. Whether it be a drama, biography, thriller or sci-fi there is nothing like enjoying a well written piece of work while relaxing in the summer sun.

The great thing about literature – it’s crazy diverse! Which is great news for anyone who is currently searching for the perfect Christmas gift. The Guardian has put together a book gift guide for the whole family that we thought our Library lovers might appreciate. So whether it’s for the foodie in the family, a mate with a sporting obsession or a sibling who loves to laugh there is a book for every type of reader in your life.

Using this guide you could tick off all your friends and family (Christmas or Birthday) presents in one go!

 Start gifting now…

For something closer to home, check out the Gold Coast Eye’s local gift guide through the Library’s PressReader. PressReader can even be accessed via your smartphone or tablet and offers thousands of publications both nationally and internationally.


Storytime at Mt Gravatt Library for Children’s Book Week

At 11:00am today, there will be story time at the Mt Gravatt Library!

This story time is to celebrate the 2015 Children’s Book Week theme of Books light up our world.

Everyone is invited, so put on a costume and head the the Mt Gravatt Library and listen to the short listed story A House of Her Own by Jenny Hughes, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley.

It’s the 70th Anniversary of The Children’s Book Council of Australia so check out the past winners! How many have you read on the list of Australia’s 50 Favourite Children’s Books?