Bonus! More books to borrow

Searched our Griffith library catalogue like a pro and still can’t find the book you’re after? If that’s the case, how about trying BONUS+?

If you haven’t heard of BONUS+ before, that’s OK – a lot of people haven’t. But it’s certainly worth taking a look at (trust us, we’re librarians, we know books!).

BONUS+ is a resource sharing project that Griffith University staff and students can use to request books from participating University libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

If the book you need is not held at any of our Griffith University Libraries or is out on loan, you can request it online from another BONUS+ library and collect it a few days later from your selected pickup location.

To access Bonus+, simply:

  • Search the library catalogue
  • Click the Menu icon (it’s three horizontal lines at the top right)
  • Select Can’t find that book? BONUS+ (look for the little green button!)
  • Search for the book you want in the BONUS+ catalogue
  • Select Request this item if the book is available at a BONUS+ library
  • Select Griffith University
  • Click Submit above information
  • Enter your Griffith username and password
  • Choose your Pickup Location
  • Click Submit

Check out our BONUS+ webpage for information on how to access the service, as well as what you can can borrow and for how long.


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.


Stay connected with Griffith after you graduate

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Exam week is almost over!

If this is your final exam block at Griffith before you graduate: 1) Congratulations!, and 2) We’ll miss you!

But just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean you have to leave the Griffith library behind.

You are eligible for an alumni membership which allows you to borrow up to 20 standard loans. 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.

And, if you really like the library (we do), why not join Friends of the Library while you’re at it? The network provides wonderful professional and social opportunities for those interested in supporting the library and its evolution in our rapidly changing education environment.

An annual membership is $25, and provides you: invitations to events featuring national and international guest speakers, Friends only networking opportunities, access to exhibitions and displays, special pre-sale ticket offers to certain Griffith events, and a regular Friends of the Library e-newsletter.

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


Library borrowing: what you need to know

Image of bookshelves

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.


Graduation doesn’t mean good bye

Graduation capsAre you graduating this semester? If so, then congratulations on what is a fantastic achievement and celebration of all your hard work.

But even though you might be leaving us shortly it doesn’t have to mean good bye. As a Griffith Alumni you can easily stay connected and access to some fantastic resources that will be extremely useful for your post-grad adventures.

Library access and borrowing

For a small annual fee Alumni are still able to borrow resources, use the Libraries’ hardcopy collections, and photocopiers and printers.

Become a Friend of the Library

A Friends of the Library membership offers wonderful professional and social opportunities. Benefits include, special event invitation featuring national and international guest speakers, networking opportunities, access to exhibitions and displays, special pre-sale ticket offers to certain Griffith events, regular Friends of the Library e-newsletter, 20% off GGraduateriffith REVIEW subscription and a discount on borrowing membership to the University Library.

Email and myGriffith

Students also have access to their student email and myGriffith indefinitely after graduation.

Don’t forget to tick off your graduation to-dos with your steps to graduating guide.

Wishing you all the best and remember, don’t be a stranger.

Meet other Griffith Alumni.