Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Aficionados of Christchurch's heritage buildings will be interested in the following Heritage Week 2015 session at UC – featuring 2 College of Arts Macmillan Brown Library interns.
This evening event features local architects, heritage lovers, building owners and residents giving quick-fire presentations on Christchurch's lost, restored, and future heritage buildings. Complimentary refreshments will be provided through the support of the Warren Trust. The event is free but is ticketed as spaces are limited.
Book your tickets here.
Arrive early to visit the accompanying exhibition in the University’s Registry (Matariki) building which displays architectural plans, photos, and stories on recent heritage departures and arrivals in Christchurch.
Event details: Friday 16 October, 7pm–9pm, Undercroft 101, Puaka-James Hight Building – University of Canterbury.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Bula, this week is Fiji language week and to celebrate, here is a stunning image of the beautiful island in the 1940s.
Image credit: MB 1667, Canterbury Mountaineering Club records, Reference code 25559, Two women with umbrellas looking down on a village from a hill, Photographer Frank Gillett, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Monday, September 28, 2015
The Garden Lion - Librarians, like poets and writers, are renowned cat-lovers so this week's image from the archives is of poet and painter Ursula Bethell with her cat.
MB558, Ursula Bethell papers, Reference code 16138, [Ursula with cat], Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Macmillan Brown Library holds an extensive archive of Bethell’s papers and a significant collection of her watercolours. One you will hopefully be very familiar with, though possibly without knowing it, is Sun went behind a cloud - which is the image representing our Heritage Collections on the UC Library homepage. You can see more of the multi-talented Bethell’s work by searching her name on Kā Kohika, and limiting the collection type to art or you could read all about her and her work at the nzepc.
Here is one of Bethell’s poems (about her cat):
O Michael, you are at once the enemy
And the chief ornament of our garden,
Scrambling up rose-posts, nibbling at nepeta,
Making your lair where tender plants should flourish,
Or proudly couchant on a sun-warmed stone.
What do you do all night there,
When we seek our soft beds,
And you go off, old roisterer,
Away into the dark?
I think you play at leopards and panthers;
I think you wander on to foreign properties;
But on winter mornings you are a lost orphan
Pitifully wailing underneath our windows;
And in summer, by the open doorway,
You come in pad, pad, lazily to breakfast,
Plumy tail waving, with a fine swagger,
Like a drum-major, or a parish beadle,
Or a rich rajah, or the Grand Mogul.
From a Garden in the Antipodes (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1929)
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize is a biennial book prize to encourage the writing, publishing and reading of accessible popular science books in New Zealand.
EPS Library has a very interesting selection of winners and shortlisted books from 2009-2015 on display. These items may be borrowed.
Help Central Library, and Education Library name their dragons! Be in to win a mystery prize! Entry is open to current UC students and closes on Tuesday, 29th September. Entry forms at the Information Desk on Level 2 of the Central Library, and at the Information Desk on Level 1 of the Education Library.
Monday, September 21, 2015
The All Blacks team (The Originals) toured Great Britain, France and the United States in 1905-06. They played a total of 35 games and their only loss of the tour was against Wales.
Image credit: MB391, G W Armitage papers, Reference code 26546, All Blacks, 1905, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Cambridge University Press advise that access to their resources may fail intermittently. They are working to fix the problems and you may be able to connect - but if you can't we recommend trying later. We don't have advice on when this will be fixed.
My horse and I ...
MB1065, A.C. Graham photographs, Reference code 19068, Joe (horse) lying down and Kathleen Graham, no date, photographer Alexander Graham, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Due to scheduled maintenance EBL e-books will be unavailable for up to 3 hours between 10am and 1pm on Wednesday, 16th September.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Many of our ebooks come from a supplier called EBL. At the moment their system is down. We don't yet know why but will attempt to get more information.
At the moment, if you attempt to connect to one of their ebooks, your web connection will fail.
Our apologies for this.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
The library is organizing Book Giveaways during 2015 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.
The next giveaway is Friday 18th September, 12:15pm-3pm on Level 3 (North side) of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight building.
The new owner is the first person who wants the book.
Please bring your own bags to take the books away.
A book is in the giveaway because:
It no longer meets the demands of the course or research it was purchased for, or
Fewer copies of the title are now required, or
It is damaged and has been replaced, or
It was donated but does not meet the "in scope" criteria for learning, teaching and research at UC.
Call number ranges
CT - Biographies
E - Americas
PT – German Literature
PQ – Spanish & Portuguese Literature
QA Maths, QB Astronomy, QC Physics and QD Chemistry
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Great news! The Library has increased the maximum renewals quota so you can now renew books up to 6 times. You can renew your books online via My Library Account or on the Self Loan Stations in the Library.
Please note that hourly loans and items that have been requested by another borrower cannot be renewed. If you have any trouble renewing your books, please contact library staff for assistance.
Monday, September 07, 2015
Nau Mai Haere Mai, welcome back students!
Image Credit: MB44, Acland Family Papers, Reference code 137, Hugh Acland and wife Evelyn on their arrival at Mt Peel Station after their marriage in England, n.d, Macmillan Brown Library, Canterbury University of Canterbury.
Monday, August 31, 2015
The first production from the new Canterbury College established in 1873.
Image credit: MB1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference code 4696, The first Canterbury College play: Much ado about nothing (1870’s), Photographer P. Schourup, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Our online payment system has been upgraded so you can now pay fines and lost book charges via My Library Account. Payment will be deducted from your Canterbury Card so make sure to top up first. Simply log on to My Library Account with your username and password, go to Fines, Blocks, Lost Items, select Pay Online and follow the prompts. Please ask library staff at any Information Desk if you require assistance.