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Monday, July 06, 2015

Image of the Week: 6th July - 12th July

Campus has changed a bit, but you can probably still recognise this view.
This week's photo, taken around 1970, shows the construction of the James Hight Building.



Image Credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference code 4786, James Hight building, aerial view., c1970, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Planned power cuts for the weekend affect Library opening hours.

Because of the need to do work on the University power supplies, many buildings including the Library buildings, will be without power for part of Saturday and most of Sunday. Because of this we have had to change Library closing hours. In particular, on Sunday, we are opening the Education Library to compensate for EPS and Central Libraries being closed.

On Saturday 4th July

Central and EPS Libraries are closing early at 4pm.

On Sunday 5th July

The Central and EPS Libraries will be closed.

The Education Library will be open on Sunday 5 July from 10am-5pm.

Please accept our apologies for these disruptions.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Image of the Week: 29th June - 5th July

Feels like winter? Make the most of it and head to the snow these holidays!



Image credits:

MB1065, A.C. Graham Photographs, Reference number 149574, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Image of the Week: 22nd June - 28th June

If you think your exams are hard work, maybe you should try climbing a glacier in a long skirt and bonnet!



Whāia te iti kahurangi; Ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei.
Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Best wishes for your exams!
Image credit: MB1415, Canterbury Mountaineering Club Records and Photographs, Reference code 4943, Two men and a woman climbing a glacier., Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Library Displays at Central and Education Libraries

At Central Library
Come and check out the display celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta. The display is located just behind the information desk on Level 2 of the library (Puaka-James Hight building)
Magna Carta 800 years display 1Magna Carta 800 years display 2
Need to know more about the Magna Carta and its historical significance? Check out http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-an-introduction for an introduction, narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones.

At the Education Library
Teaching students about to go on placement? Come and check out the latest display at the Education library - Professional practice, behavior in the classroom
Professional Practice display EDU 2015

Image of the Week: 15th June - 21st June


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Image credit: MB 692, A.W. Shrimpton papers, Reference code 16199, Students observing nature study lesson, c. 1905, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Monday, June 08, 2015

Ask An Archivist Day - Tuesday 9 June 2015

Tuesday 9 June 2015 is international Ask An Archivist Day on Twitter. UC Library Archivist, Erin Kimber, is using the day to share news about our archive collections, events and research at UC. Ask your questions by tweeting Erin at @uoclibrary and adding the hashtag #AskUCArchivists to your question (in 140 characters or less, of course!). Don't have twitter? Post your question on the library Facebook page

So what can you ask the UC Library archivist? Well first, check out what we have to offer: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/mb/archives/index.shtml

Studying for Exams? The Library can help

Here are some Library tips to help you prepare for your exams

Looking for past years' exam papers?
See the Library's exam papers page

Looking for study space during exams?
The University Library provides 2758 study places spread across 4 libraries.
We also have 35 bookable discussion rooms.

Want to know where the silent zones in the library are?
We have silent zones in each library. You’ll find silent study zones on Level 2 of the Education Library, Levels 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Central Library and Level 3 of the EPS Library.

Engineering High Demand Selection at Education Library 2015Engineering students, looking for textbooks on the Dovedale campus?
There is a selection of textbooks in the high demand section of the Education Library for courses taught over on the Dovedale campus.


Check out the exam preparation tips display on now at the Education Library.

Education Library Exam Preparation display 2015

The library has a number of books on exam preparation and study skills. If you need help finding them, just contact us.

Not sure what’s involved with exams?
Have a look at this webpage before you go into your exam

We wish you all the best of luck in your 2015 mid-year exams.

Image of the Week: 8th June - 14th June



Student life is exciting even in winter!

Image credit: MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference Code 15814, Bishop Julius Hostel Student, Isabel Bell (Baird), c.1933-1934, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Image of the Week: 1st June - 7th June

Students, been having fun since before the Queen was wearing her crown!

MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection Canterbury College Charities Day MB 1448, Canterbury College Charities Day, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference Code 4382

We hope you all had a happy and safe Queen's Birthday weekend.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Libraries Closed for Queen's Birthday Monday 1st June

All UC Libraries will be closed on Monday, 1st of June, for Queen's Birthday.
See Library Hours page for more information on Library hours.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Image of the Week: 25th May - 31st May




Sheep resting in the shade of a haystack at Mt Peel Station.

Image credit: MB44, Ackland Family Papers, Reference code 112,Mt Peel Station, c.1890s,Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, May 18, 2015

NZ Music Month Displays

May is New Zealand Music Month.
NZ music month 2015

To celebrate, we have put together displays in two of our libraries.

You can check out the displays at:


  • Central Library (Puaka-James Hight Building) Level 2 - between the 2 lift bays.
    The display features New Zealand music in the 1990's". In a celebration of this unique period of Kiwi music we have selected a few items from the Macmillan Brown Library collection which give a taste of what UC students were rocking out to 20-ish years ago

  • nz music month central library display 2015
  • Education Library (Henry Field) - to your left just after entering via the main entrance doors.
    This is an ever-evolving display so you may want to go back for several visits.

    Here are just two examples:


  • Trial of the Knovel interactive full-text database of scientific and engineering handbooks.

    From today through to the 6th of June UC staff and students have on-campus access to a trial of Knovel.

    More information is available on our Trials page along with links to video and online resources to help with the use of Knovel.

    Knovel is an interactive full-text database of scientific and engineering handbooks and reference works from publishers such as CRC Press, Reed Elsevier, ASCE and ASME. It provides quick, authoritative answers to technical questions. Users can search across text, tables, numerical data, graphs and equations, and use analytical tools as well as browse by individual title.

    Image of the Week: 18th May - 24th May



    Monday 18th May is International Museum Day.

    To celebrate we've pulled this lovely historic photo of Canterbury Museum from our archives. The inscription over the entrance was suggested by William Rolleston, Canterbury's provincial superintendent at the time. It reads “Lo these are parts of His ways but how little a portion is heard of Him” - Job 26.14.
    For a brief history of the museum see the Canterbury Museum website.
    If you’re interested in finding more historic photos of Christchurch, take a look at our photography collection by searching Kā Kohika

    Image Credit: MB 1051, Charles Chilton photographs, Reference code 16725, Entry porch, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, no date, Photographer Charles Chilton, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury