Music in the Library at Nathan today

It’s time for another Music in the Library performance from the super talented students over at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

Today we’ve got not one, not two, not three, but five classical guitar musicians joining us at the Nathan campus library. Come along at 1pm and hear some tunes live in your library. After all, science says music helps you study!

The 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.

Got a lecture and can’t make it? Don’t worry we’ve got more library performances on the way.

You’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music across Trimester 2 as students from the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU) will visit each campus to showcase their talents.


Tearing off labels and hearing stories at our Human Library

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Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017. We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.

We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.

Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.

Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

Check out some of our book’s stories on Instagram


Human Library: Don’t judge a book by its cover

Don't judge a book by its cover

We are hosting a Human Library at the Nathan campus library at 12 pm on Wednesday 24 May 2017. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.

About the Human Library

Human Libraries are all around the world! They are much more than an ‘event’ – they are about providing a space to enable social and cultural connection between people while recognising our differences.

We want people to share their stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

The Human Books will be available in a safe conversational space in the library. Difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the book on loan.

Our collection of Human Books

The Griffith University Human Library collection is quite diverse. Check out our selection of Human Books:

  •   Homeless
  •   Refugee
  •   Adopted
  •   Widow
  •   Muslim Woman
  •   Muslim Man/POW/PTSD
  •   Lesbian/Muso
  •   Gay male
  •   Maori
  •   Indigenous
  •   Women in IT (WIT)
  •   Veteran and Assistance Dog
  •   Author
  •   Tattoos
  •   Dreadlocks

Reserve a Human Book

Bookings are now open. Get in quick so you don’t miss out! Reserve your Human Books today.

Borrowing rules

You are responsible for all the Human Books you borrow. Be sure to follow the Human Library borrowing rules:

  •   All of our books are in mint condition. We expect them to be returned in the same condition.
  •   Do not tear out pages or write notes in our books.
  •   Loans are personal and may not be handed over to other readers.
  •   Your book is a reference for information on a given topic. So you need to ask about the things that you want to know.
  •   Be respectful.

Event details

Time: 12pm – 1.15pm
Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Location: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University


Borrow a book from our Human Library

Don't judge a book by its cover

No doubt you know the Griffith University library has many, many books on a multitude of topics.

And our library books usually hold what you need. Between the covers, on the printed pages, is the story or information you are seeking.

But this month, we are offering you a different kind of book – a book you can hold an actual conversation with – a Human Book.

On Wednesday 24 May 2017, our Nathan campus library will become the Human Library. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue, that they represent.

It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.

You’ll be able to borrow a Human Book for 15 minutes from our Human Library. There’s no index pages or tables of contents to consult. Our books are interactive – if you want to know something, you only need to ask!

Our Human Books are one-of-a-kind – you may not keep them overnight, get a loan extension, or remove them from the library. If you lose a Human Book, there will be hefty fines involved (#jokes).

The Human Library is a concept created by Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents.

It aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.

Who would you borrow from our Human Library? Here’s a selection of topics/issues:

  •   Homeless
  •   Refugee
  •   Adopted
  •   Widow
  •   Muslim Woman
  •   Muslim Man/POW/PTSD
  •   Lesbian/Muso
  •   Gay male
  •   Maori
  •   Indigenous
  •   Women in IT (WIT)
  •   Veteran and Assistance Dog
  •   Author
  •   Tattoos
  •   Dreadlocks

Event details

What: The Human Library
Where: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University
When: 12pm-1.15pm, 24 May 2017


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 ins-events@griffith.edu.au

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


Cheers to one million visitors to Nathan library!

Photo of office people celebrating

Hip, hip, hooray! A whooping one million of you have walked through the doors of the Nathan campus library this calendar year*.

And we are pretty chuffed. That’s one million students and staff who have come to hang out in our library spaces, utilise our amazing resources and engage with our lovely library staff.

If we could have had trumpets playing, confetti-throwing and champagne-popping to celebrate the actual one millionth visitor, we would have.

But we don’t keep trumpets in the library. Confetti is notoriously difficult to clean up. And alcohol in the library would be frowned upon by the powers that be. Sorry.

Big thanks to all of you who have dropped by this year. And a massive shout-out to the Nathan campus library staff for being so helpful, friendly, supportive and all the other good stuff.

*Calendar year? What’chu talkin’ about? We are referring to the period from October 2015 – October 2016.


Want to check out the libraries without leaving your home?

New this year and keen to check out all the nooks and cranny’s, finding the best sneaky study spots inside the library? Or maybe you’re a returning students who had a bit too much fun on the holidays and can’t quite remember where it was you were supposed to meet your mate. Did you know that you can tour each of the Griffith University’s libraries online?

Click your way through each campus library on the new 360 degree online tours.

The tours can be found on each library’s Places and Spaces page but we will do you one better and link you to each campus directly:

Take the time to click on each library, explore the zones, hey you might even recognise a blurred face or two!  Great thing about these new 360 tours is – they are also on Google Maps!

Remember, while each campus library may look different, we still offer the same great services at each: