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Monday, January 26, 2015

Education Library phone outage

***This issue has now been resolved. Thank you for your patience ***

Education Library has a phone outage which means we are unable to receive calls from off campus at present. There are also problems affecting calls between Ilam and Dovedale. Hope to have this fixed soon, sorry for any inconvenience.

The Education Library can be contacted on email at

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EBL eBooks unavailable for access -- Sunday 25 January from 1 pm - 5 pm

EBL have advised us of maintenance this Sunday afternoon. There will be no EBL eBooks access for our users during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Archive Viewing at Macmillan Brown library closed for the year

As the Macmillan Brown library will be closed from 5pm Friday, 19th December until 8:30am Monday 5th January 2015, archives will not be able to be requested or viewed during that time. Archive viewing will be back open on the 5th of January 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Libraries Closing for Christmas Break

Untitled [Christmas Card Design], Artist Unknown, red ink on paper, 156 x 73mm, c.1960, UC/MBL/1936

Education, EPS and Macmillan Brown Libraries will close at 5pm Friday 19th December for the Christmas Break.
Central Library will remain open until 5pm Tuesday, 23rd December.
All Libraries will re-open at 8:30am on Monday the 5th of January 2015

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

Image Credit: Unknown [Christmas Card Design], Artist Unknown, red ink on paper, 156 x 73mm, c.1960, UC/MBL/1936.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Staff Picks - December. Some books to make you think....

Staff picks for December - Some books to make you think....

Do you need a hand finding your next read? Each month a member of library staff picks out a selection of new or interesting titles from the collection. This month we have five thought provoking titles to get you thinking about some of the big questions of life over the summer holidays.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Libraries closing at 1pm this Friday (12 December)

All libraries will close at 1pm this Friday, 12th December for a Christmas function.

If you need to return items after 1pm on the 12th of December, please use the Library after hours returns drop boxes located outside each library.
ITS Help/Service desks at Central and Education libraries will also be unavailable from 1pm on Friday. If you need IT help, call 6060.

Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Visions of Peace - two significant exhibitions.

Visions of Peace, The H.W. Youren Collection and the Art of Chinese Soft Diplomacy
Exhibition now on in Matariki Building, first floor
21 November-4 December

This exhibition presents a part of the collection of Chinese art from the H W Youren Collection, from MTG Hawke’s Bay, representing one man’s attempt to use art to promote communist China in post-war New Zealand. Bill Youren (1910-1983) was a tireless campaigner for world peace, nuclear disarmament and social justice. In 1950s and 60s China, he witnessed events seminal in the history of the foundation of the People’s Republic. Alongside public talks and published writings, he attempted to use art to present an alternative image of China to that offered by government and the mainstream press. This exhibition, and book of the same name, celebrates his life and the collection of Chinese art he amassed to promote New China to New Zealand.

Visions of Peace is supported by MTG Hawkes Bay, Tai Ahuriri and the University of Canterbury’s Confucius Institute.

Exhibition developed by Dr James Beattie (University of Waikato) and Dr Richard Bullen (UC Art History and Theory)

Puaka James Hight Display Case Exhibition

We are currently displaying a selection of books from the Macmillan Brown Heritage Collections intended to tie-in to the ‘Visions of Peace’ exhibition in the Matariki Building. Our selection includes both published and unpublished material, as well as first hand and secondary accounts of journeys to China by foreign visitors. The objects presented explore ideas of cultural exchange, host and visitor relations, and the documentation of difference over a period spanning 500 years.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Multisearch coming up with error message for some Internet Explorer 10 users

Update 25th November - the following issue should now be resolved. Thanks for your patience.

Some users are currently experiencing problems with Multisearch searches when using Internet Explorer 10 browser.
If you are using IE10 and get an "application error" message when trying to do a search, you should try using an alternative web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
We've reported the issue to our search provider and hope to have a resolution soon.
We apologize for any inconvenience this issue is causing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Google Scholar Library Links for UC Library currently not working

Update 26th November 2014 - this issue is now resolved. Thank you for your patience

We are currently experiencing issues with Google Scholar not picking up UC library holdings.
At present, you will not see the "view full text at UC library" messages when using Google Scholar.
This is a problem between Google and our search provider. Both parties are working on the issue and have advised that the problem should be resolved by Wednesday/Thursday next week.
In the meantime, to search for articles we hold in full text please use Multisearch, accessible from the Library home page.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Library Summer School Hours 2014/2015

All libraries, except the Education Library, changed to summer hours on Saturday, 15th November.

The Education Library moves to summer hours on Saturday, 29th November.

Please check the Library Summer Hours page for opening times.

Catalogue unavailable for some of Friday morning.

The Library Catalogue will be unavailable between 9 am and 10 am Friday morning, 14th November.

The main search field on the Library's home page will continue to function, and will include Library Catalogue results. However, you will not be able to request items found during this time.

We are doing a small software upgrade.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

'Protecting the Planet' - a Nature special issue.

As researchers and practitioners converge on Sydney for the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress, Nature presents a special collection. It includes news and comment about collaboration, conflict and capital in conservation and a suite of new reviews on sustainable ecosystems and society, taking in fire, agriculture and priorities for protected areas.

Access the special issue here.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Staff picks for November

Staff picks for November

Do you need a hand finding your next read? Each month a member of library staff picks out a selection of new or interesting titles from the collection. This month we have five young adult titles from the Education Library.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Guy Fawkes - Special Collections Find of the Week?

a new guide to pyrotechny

At this time of year have you ever wondered about what puts the boom in your 'Boom Box'? Well due to an interloan request from a PhD student in the Department of Historical, Philosophical and International Studies at Monash University we had a chance to find out. What we have found is an 84 page Treatise detailing the ingredients and the many varieties of fireworks used in displays in 1840.
"A new guide to pyrotechny, or, The noble art in miniature of making and letting off fireworks of every kind…"was a rare find in the UC Library Special Collections. The work comes from a crucial time in the history of fireworks, when coloured flame compositions based on chemicals discovered in the last decades of the 18th century were coming into general use. From Cracker Heads to The Peacock's Tail, containing ingredients such as Nitrate of Strontia, Arsenic and Fulminating Mercury, this book details many aspects in the art of pyrotechny.
Not only is it thought to be the earliest English book that addresses this subject, it also appears that this is the only copy held in the world outside of private collections. How it came to Canterbury is a mystery, needless to say it will be transferred to the Rare Books Collection held at the Macmillan Brown Library.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Library book give-away: 4th November.

The list below gives an indication of the subject ranges covered by the withdrawn items at the book giveaway on Tuesday 4 November.

Venue – Rm 101, Undercroft, Puaka James Hight. Time 12.15 pm – 2.30 pm.