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Monday, April 07, 2014

Libraries Closed for Easter Break

All libraries will be closed from Friday, 18th April until Tuesday 22nd April (inclusive). We reopen on Wednesday, 23rd April. See the Library Hours page for opening times.


Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 4th April

Internet Archive


Internet Archive

provides permanent storage of digitised material including websites, music, moving images, and over 6 million open access ebooks. All material is freely available. Members of the public can upload material, though the majority is collected automatically by web crawlers. The Wayback Machine is vast, archiving over 150 billion webpage captures and allowing people to view archived webpages. The archive can be searched using keyword or browsed by collection.


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Daylight Saving Ends Sunday, 6th April

Don't forget to put your clock back an hour before you go to bed this Saturday as Daylight Saving Ends on Sunday, 6th April.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 28th March

World Digital Library (WDL)


World Digital Library

was launched in 2009 by the Library of Congress and a number of partner institutions. The aim of the site is to create an easily accessible collection of ‘significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.’ There is content available for every UNESCO country, it includes books, maps, motion pictures, photographs, and more. Navigating and searching the site is easy with 5 browse options: place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution. Items can also be viewed on a map of the world with the number of items displaying by broad geographic area. The majority of the content is from Europe, Africa, and South America. The site is well worth a look.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 21st March

US Government Printing Office - Catalogue of free ebooks


US Government printing office

provides access to titles in the GPOs catalogue of US Government Publications. Over 100 titles are currently available with new titles being added every month. So far content is varied with a number of health science (mainly patient information) and politics titles included.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Multisearch outage

There are currently some intermittent problems with searching in Multisearch. Searching can result in blank page. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 14th March

TKI Te Kete Ipurangi


Te Kete Ipurangi

the online knowledge basket is a bilingual website for New Zealand schools containing a wealth of curriculum-based resources. Funded by the Ministry of Education, the site is divided into community areas including Maori education, the New Zealand curriculum and subject areas, e-learning and special education. Within each specific curriculum area you will find teaching materials, assessment tools, and resources for professional development. TKI is a valuable site for teachers and teacher trainees looking for ideas and resources.


Friday, March 07, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 7th March

Hour of Code


is a fun way to learn the basics of computer programming.


With the tech industry concerned at the lack of young people taking up coding, the Hour of Code has been created to show that in 60 minutes you can learn the basics of computer programming and have fun. It consists of a selection of 60-minute tutorials including one where you make an angry bird catch a green pig. So far over 28 million people have tried the Hour of Code.


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Tower Race - postponed

Unfortunately due to the current weather conditions the 2014 Tower Race will be postponed until Wednesday 12th March. The current conditions would make it unsafe for you to complete the race safely and we have no intention of making you stand out in the rain and wind! The time and details will remain the same the only change is the date.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 28th February

Open access art


Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington


The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in the United States provides open access to over 32,000 images. The database can be searched using ‘Advanced Search’ or browsed by collection (including frequently requested images.) Images can be downloaded in high resolution or added to a folder called a ‘Lightbox’, this feature allows you to save, share and download multiple images at one time. Registration is required to download images. See the NGA policy for how images may be used.


Walters Art Museum contains over 18,000 images available via Wikimedia Commons. Each image includes conservation and exhibition histories. You will find images of art from pre-dynastic Egypt through to 20th century Europe.


Yale University have made images from their cultural collections freely available. The collection is large, with over 250,000 images.


In partnership with hundreds of museums and cultural institutions the Google Art Project makes many thousands of high resolution images available online. Some of the images are not open access, so you will need to check the website of the respective museum or collection.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Twitter Competition - Win Prizes!!

It's easy! Just follow @uoclibrary, tweet us your #toplibrarytips and go in the draw to win. Prizes drawn each weekday until 7th March.

Up for grabs are: 25 x $5 coffee vouchers, 5 x $25 Hoyts movie vouchers, 1 x $50 UBS book voucher.


You must be a UC student to enter. Winners drawn at random.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Library Catalogue search down

The library catalogue is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Library e-services are working on the problem and hope to have it back up and running soon.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Library staff at our information desks can do searching/requesting through our staff system so please do contact them for help.

Library e-services

EBL e-books unavailable 1-5pm Sunday March 2nd

EBL inform us that access to EBL e-books will be unavailable on Sunday, March 2nd 2014 between 1-5pm as their platform undergoes scheduled maintenance (enhancements and updates).
They apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hopefully this will result in an improved user experience.


Friday Free Stuff - 21st February

Cool things to make with a pizza box



Cool things to make with a pizza box

Have you had a pizza recently and been wondering how to put the box to good use?

May we suggest a laptop stand, or perhaps a solar-powered oven?


Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 14th February

Amazon storybuilder



A free online tool to help you outline a story. (Note: to access you need to have an Amazon account – eg, an account used to purchase books from Amazon.) While advertised as a tool for turning scripts into a movie, it’s also a useful tool to plan other presentations such as in Power Point. The user creates groups at the top of the page then adds virtual cards under those groups (a bit like the sticky notes we use at planning days). The site also allows collaboration.