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.

Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

Thanks to our sponsor, Grove Juice for keeping the students hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »

QHorns at Music in the Library

Music in the Library is back again. Pop into the Nathan Library at 1pm on Monday, 8 May for your special musical treat featuring a four person ensemble from QHorns.

QHorns are a group of Queensland Conservatorium horn students studying in Brisbane under the direction of Peter Luff and Ysolt Clark. Winners of the 2013 International Horn Symposium horn ensemble competition in Memphis, Tennessee, QHorns are active members of the Brisbane music scene.

This ensemble has performed extensively throughout Queensland in venues such as the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studios and in towns including Sandgate and Roma. They have been involved with many music festivals around Queensland including the Tyalgum music festival and the 42nd & 45th horn symposiums.

This year, they’re off to Brazil to take part in the International Horn Society’s 49th Horn Symposium.

The 2017 Music in the Library Series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus Library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience. If you’re keen to perform, email

Come along and support your fellow students! See you there.

App Idea Competition Winners

We have a winner!!!

Shouting huge congrats to Joshua Murchie who took out first prize in the Hack-a-thon App Idea competition and just walked away with a hefty $1500!

There were hundreds of submissions and some brilliant ideas. Now you have the chance to turn those ideas into something real. Sign up for the Hack-a-thon weekend and win part of a huge $3500 prize pool!

About Josh

Josh is studying a Master of IT and about to begin a dissertation with a technology innovation education theme and is a current student ambassador for the Mayor of the Gold Coast. He is also the co-founder and president of the Griffith Uni Start-up Entrepreneurs Club, where they promote collaboration and entrepreneurship in the student community.

Josh was frustrated with planning out his degree; which course to take when, without missing pre-requisites or having to wait a trimester for the next offering. His idea focussed on creating an awesome timetabling experience for the user and easing student frustrations.

More Prizes

Second prize of $750 went to Tahnee Webb, studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her fantastic ‘CramSession’ idea is a great social enhancer allowing students to collaborate. Third prize of $500 went to Christian Frost, studying Master of Philosophy in the school of Human Services and Social Work. He had an innovative idea to ease parking and transport issues around campus.

The Hack-a-thon Weekend

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

You can now use these great ideas that were submitted and get involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch area)

Music to your ears


Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and even Justin Bieber’s Christmas albums are on repeat, which can only mean one thing – Christmas is well on its way. But before we heard “All I want for Christmas is you”, twenty five times a day the students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) were spreading joy with their music in our campus libraries.

Over Semester 1 and 2 we’ve had a range of remarkable music students from QCGU visit our campus libraries to showcase their musical prowess. With them they’ve brought pianos, oboes, harps and killer vocal ranges covering all music genres from pop to classical and even including original music.

The exciting innovation was introduced in Semester 2 2015 to help enliven campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience. The joint initiative between QCGU and our Music Librarian has been a collaborative effort that has given library users a truly unique experience – after all it’s not every day you are treated to a live library Opera! A big thanks to all the students who came along to perform and support these performances.

So take a break from Mariah, Michael and the Biebs with the highlights of Semester two’s library performances. Enjoy!


The race that stops a nation (and your study!)

Hold your horses! It's Melbourne Cup.

Hold your horses! It’s Melbourne Cup.

Semester two is coming into the homestretch – exams are galloping towards us and it’s a race against time to get finals-ready.

But odds are, you’ll need a short study break to recharge, rejuvenate and refresh. And what better way then to watch the Melbourne Cup.

We got it straight from the horse’s mouth that you can watch the big race live on the library screens at 2pm this afternoon. So hold onto your hat, bet your bottom dollar, get on your high horse and join us in the library.

The annual Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest horse race and attracts over 100,000 punters to Flemington Racecourse. The greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington and battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.

So enjoy your study break and if you’ve put a sneaky bet on, good luck!

Lightning Talks strike Logan’s ivory tower


Talk about a sizzling event with dynamic speakers!  Griffith University Library Lightning Talks are being held at the Logan campus library on Tuesday 18 October.

So what are Lightning Talks? Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or speaker’s forums where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs. For example, women scientists recently brought their research to the Brisbane public on soapboxes in the hope of ‘demystifying science and, importantly, bringing it to the people’

They originated at university libraries in the United States. And nowadays a bunch of prestigious Universities like Stanford and Cornell host talks where academics or postdoctoral students give a very short presentation, lasting only a few minutes.

Our academics will have 10 minutes to talk about social justice and community building. They will talk in ‘real’ speak, bringing their passion for research to life. And it won’t just be academics voicing their opinions; they invite you to share yours as well.

Why are we holding these talks? Well, we are hoping to make academics and their research more accessible to you; removing the stigma of academic ‘ivory towers’ and breaking down hierarchical divisions.

Scholars often receive criticism for not being able to communicate about their academic interests outside of their realm and this can contribute to a disconnect between the academic and broader community.

Why Logan library? One of the strengths of the Logan campus is its deep commitment to equity. The Logan library is an inclusive space where students feel well-supported and part of a positive library community.

Lightning Talks are a natural extension of this commitment to inclusivity.

Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

Tuesday 18th October between 12 – 1pm

Library, Logan campus, Griffith University


  • Professor Lesley Chenoweth: PVC and Head of Logan Campus
  • Dr Adele Pavlidis: Griffith University PhD graduate and post-doctoral scholar in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research.
  • Dr Abdi Hersi: Griffith University PhD graduate, and Project Manager for the School of Humanities, Language and Social Science’s award-winning “Reporting Islam” project

Don’t miss being part of the conversation – come along to this exciting free event! Bring your classmates and your lunch.