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Monday, April 20, 2015

Libraries Closed for Anzac Day (Saturday 25th April)

All libraries will be closed for Anzac day, Saturday 25th April.

Central, EPS and Education libraries will be open from 10am-5pm on Monday 27th April. Macmillan Brown Library will remain closed.

See the Library Hours page for more details.

Image of the Week: 20th April - 26th April

ANZAC Day Parade in Christchurch

This is one of the few photos showing the returned soldiers marching along Cranmer Square, Christchurch, in 1928.

Image Credit: MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference code 15784, Anzac Day Parade, Christchurch, 1928, Photographer Paul Pascoe, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EbscoHost databases down

Many of our Databases are provided by a company called Ebsco. They are having server problems which means that none of their databases are available in Australia or New Zealand.

They are treating this urgently, but have not yet advised when it will be fixed. This means that some article searches will not go through to the full-text.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Image of the Week: 13th April - 19th April

Rumble in the Rubble!

This Friday 17th April an open-air charity boxing event is taking place, Rumble in the Rubble, with proceeds going to the For Everyone Charitable Foundation -

The inaugural Rumble in the Rubble took place last year, with this year touted as being ‘bigger and better!’ So head along with your uni mates, enjoy the atmosphere while giving to a worthy cause. Tickets and event info here:

Meanwhile, in April 1885 this little guy was dreaming of his own glory in the ring with Papa teaching and Mama and Sisters dutifully watching. Great stance little one!


Image credit: MB 558, Ursula Bethell papers, Reference code 16148, Bethell Family, Rangiora, April 1885, photographer A. Aldersley, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, April 06, 2015

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

The tramping party setting out from the Waiho Gorge Hotel to the Haast Valley via the Franz Joseph Glacier. Has anyone tramped in this area?

Image credit: MB 2385, Connal collection, Reference code 156889, Canterbury College Mountaineering Club Haast tramp, c.1920s, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Prized geological map found in the UC Library

Smith map

A strange coincidence has recently occurred with a rare map at UC. We recently posted about the rediscovery of one of William Smith’s early incarnations of the 1815 geological map of England and Wales which was found at the Geological Society in London. This find has sparked the interest of media around the world in the map, and Smith was popularised in Simon Winchester’s work ‘The map that changed the world’.

As it turns out our Special Collections Librarian had also ‘rediscovered’ a later incarnation of the map in our Rare Books collection two days earlier! Our map is one of the travelling editions that is split into three and boxed together with the accompanying Memoir. The box it is housed in is not the original, but is contemporary with the period. Designed to look like a book, the box has two bookplates, one of Thomas Cuff, who we have yet to identify although there is an early settler to Canterbury of the same name. The other bookplate is a presentation acknowledgement from R Speight, 1919. Robert Speight was a Curator at Canterbury Museum and Lecturer of Geology at Canterbury College at this time, although it is currently unclear at this stage which institution he presented it to.

The map is numbered b4 and signed by Smith (23 January 1816). The production of the maps was unique, due to hand-painted fading technique used by three artists on each map. During production Smith continued to change the map as new information came to hand, enabling us to date each incarnation of the map. It is unclear how many maps were produced, although it is believed to be about 350, with anywhere from 90 to 150 still surviving today.

This is a very important and iconic work, which is very collectable and much sought after. It is a privilege to have in our collection and one of the real treasures of the University of Canterbury Library. Any enquires regarding the map please contact our Special Collections Librarian, Damian Cairns.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Image of the Week: 30th March - 5th April

Back in the 1960s, this is how the Easter Bunny did his rounds.

Easter bunny

Image Credit: MB 1072, The Gordon Howitt West Coast Historic Photograph Collection, Reference code 7003, Totara Flat Children's Day, March 1965, Photographer Gordon Howitt, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congratulations to those who tackled the Tower Race 2015

The 2015 Tower Race results are in and we have 2 new records!

Tower Race 2015 winners Tower Race Best Dressed winner 2015 - Alastair McDowell
The 2015 Tower Race was held on March 24th with 49 people registered to run the race.
This annual race is no mean feat - with a 200m sprint around the Puaka-James Hight building, followed by a 53m vertical climb up 264 stairs, to reach the top of the 11th story!
This year the 2 winners from 2014, Patrick Turner and Kathryn McLardy, were the stars, shaving even more time off their already impressive record-breaking 2014 times.
Patrick now holds the men's record with a time of 1:25:06. Kathryn holds the women's record with a time of 1:58:05.
Special mention also goes to Alastair McDowell who was the winner of the Edge "Best Dressed" prize and ran the race twice, once in mountain climbing gear (complete with loaded pack).
Congratulations to everyone who completed the race and thanks to everyone involved in making this event such a success.

We can't wait to see what 2016's race will bring.

Click here for a complete list of tower race results (from the inaugural race in 2005 through to this year)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

UC Library Connects with Christchurch Music Community

We are pleased to announce that Christchurch-based members of the Christchurch Organists' Association, the Institute of Registered Music Teachers and Music Education NZ/Aotearoa (MENZA) are now able to join UC Library.
The Library is fortunate to have a rich collection of organ scores (as well as a wealth of other scores) that we are delighted to be able to share with the wider Christchurch music community.
If you are a member of one of these groups and wish to join the library, please ring 364 2198 or email us at and one of our helpful staff will talk you through the registration process.

Library Hours for Easter 2015

Good news for those of you wanting to work on assignments, catch up on some reading, get in some study & get a head start on next term, get some printing done, or just wanting to work off all that Easter chocolate with a stroll up the tower stairs.
This year we will be opening Central and EPS Libraries on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of April.
Both libraries will be open for their standard weekend hours:

Saturday 4th April
- Central and EPS open 10am - 5pm

Sunday 5th April
- Central Library open 10am - 9pm
- EPS Library open 10am - 5pm

All Libraries will be closed on:
- Friday 3rd April,
- Monday 6th April,
- Tuesday 7th April.

We wish you all a very happy Easter.

See the Library Hours page for all library hours.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Image of the Week: 23rd March - 29th March

Fine Arts fire

Don't play with matches!

This image was taken 40 years ago in March 1975, after a large fire burnt down part of the School of Fine Arts. The cause of the fire is unknown (unless someone out there has been keeping a secret – now would be a good time to confess!) If you are interested you can read about it here - or have a look at Kā Kohika for more images.

MB1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference number 4751, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, photograph taken after the fire , March 21 1975, David Sims, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Library 101 - Starting on March 18th

Library 101
The Library provides a wealth of information resources that, as an undergraduate, you'll need to use for your study at UC. Our Library 101 programme is designed to provide new undergraduate students with the information and digital skills needed to be successful at university. Attending this programme and developing your skills for independent research will lead you to academic success.

Our workshops and drop-ins are held throughout the year and include:

1. Find and manage course readings

2. Independent research using the Library

3. Introduction to journals for science students

4. Introduction to using art, archives and photos in assignments

5. APA referencing - why and how to use other people's words and ideas

The first courses start on March 18th - To book a place enrol online

For more information contact Nick Scullin

Image of the Week: 16th March - 22nd March

Not quite the Cricket World Cup!

Make sure you are watching New Zealand play in the Quarter finals on Saturday 21st March in Wellington.

Image Credit: MB 1660, Canterbury Frozen Meat Company records, Reference code 409, Sport – Cricket, Opening of Sheldon Park, date unknown, photographer unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Image of the Week: 9th March - 16th March

A glimpse of UC Māori students performing Kapa Haka back in 1998 against the back drop of Te Ao Mārama.

Image credit: MB 1474, Ralph Knowles photographs, Reference code 2286, University of Canterbury Māori students in welcoming singing group, Kapa Haka, date 1998, Photographer Ralph Knowles, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 13th March

The library is organising Book Giveaways during 2015 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.
The next giveaway is Friday 13 March, 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.

    • The list below gives an indication of the subjects covered by the majority of the withdrawn books. An itemised list is not available.

      Book Giveaway 13th March 2015 subject ranges