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.


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.


Where to start your research

While Wikipedia is great for giving you a quick understanding of a topic, we don’t recommend you ever use it in an assignment. Effective researching is a critical uni skill. But where should you start? 

Course readings

Course readings are great place to start when doing research for assignments.

Find your course Reading List in Learning@Griffith. It can be found in your course profile, in the Readings section of your course site, or by searching for your course here.

Reading Lists provide you with links to online resources (eBooks, journal articles, web pages), or to the Library catalogue so you can find print resources.

Library catalogue

The Library catalogue is a great place to search for resources.

From books, journal articles and videos to conference proceedings, newspaper articles and online documents, the Library catalogue has it all, and more!

It lets you search for a huge number of resources in one place – the search box on the library home page.

Databases

To find specialised information, you will need to use online search tools, like the Library databases.

You can search databases to find specialised resources, such as:

The library also has databases for different disciplines. So if you require information on a business, law, education, health, science or social science topic, there is a database for you.

Not sure which database to search for your discipline? Check out our handy library guides.

Google Scholar

Now, you’ve probably used Google to search for information before. Whether it was for academic, work or recreational purposes, we all know how helpful the search engine can be.

But did you know Google has an academic search engine? Google Scholar is a search engine which searches a wide variety of sources including academic online journals, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports and books.

You can even use Google Scholar to find academic resources at Griffith University. It’s as simple as changing a setting. Head to the About Google Scholar webpage to find out how.

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How to measure scholarly impact with a donut

You already log in when you search the library catalogue on campus, but from Wednesday 21 June you’ll also need to log in when you search off-campus.

Why? Because we have some cool new features that only Griffith folk can see. Donuts. That’s right, our library catalogue now displays an Altmetric donut to highlight the impact and popularity of publications.

Hover over the donut to explore online shares, comments and discussion relating to publications.

Altmetric tracks:

  • influence on or use in public policy documents
  • mentions in news articles, blogs and YouTube
  • online reference managers such as Mendeley
  • social media shares, likes and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • citations in Wikipedia
  • and more.

Altmetric begins collating the online mentions and shares of your research as soon as it’s published. So you can get timely feedback on impact and engagement long before any citation data becomes available.

We also display traditional metrics including citation counts from Web of Science and Scopus.

You can use these features to measure the scholarly research impact of your own publications, follow a trail of research forward in time, or to identify seminal works.

For more tips on measuring scholarly impact, check out Module 11 of our Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules. Read the rest of this entry »


More books for borrowing? Bonus!

Woman looking through binoculars

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.

“How do I access this service?” you ask. Simple:

  • 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.


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.

E-textbooks

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 »


New year, new look for law database

Westlaw international

Listen up law students – Your favourite law database will be looking a little different in 2016.

The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity for an update and Westlaw International law database agrees. We can now confirm beyond reasonable doubt that from 31 December the popular database will opt for a new name and will become WestlawNext. But we promise there will be no objections and you’ll love the resource more than ever.

The database is powered by WestSearch and has a universal search box that enables access to content from US, UK, European, Canadian and some Asian jurisdictions. It also has natural language searching, jurisdiction searching, and 12 different content settings (e.g. cases, statutes, etc). Users can also set up a OnePass account for access to features such as, saved searches, alerts, folder systems, document mark ups, search history and highlighting.

For more information, visit the WestlawNext training, support and help page. To search the database visit the Library catalogue.