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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Electronic Resources via Emerald Insight unavailable briefly on Saturday.

We have a small number of Electronic Resource that come from the publisher, Emerald. They are doing systems maintenance and for a period between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday, their resources will be unavailable. Connections will time out.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Image of the Week: 9th February - 15th February

I'm sure you all know the significance of the date this coming Saturday, February 14th - of course it's the first match of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and New Zealand will be playing Sri Lanka right here in Christchurch! But if you missed out on tickets you can still go to the Opening Ceremony in North Hagley Park this Thursday.

So this week's image from the Macmillan Brown Archives is simply titled Plate 0272 - Cricket. This image has been digitised from a glass plate from the Engineering School records. Unfortunately we don’t know much about it. Does anyone recognise where it was taken?

MB1539, Engineering photographs, 145812, Plate 0272 - Cricket, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Image Credit: MB1539, Engineering photographs, 145812, Plate 0272 - Cricket, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

All Libraries Closed Waitangi Day - Friday 6th February

All Libraries will be closing this Friday, 6th of February for Waitangi Day. See the library hours page for more Library hours information.

25,000 early English books released online (open access)

Via a joint venture between Proquest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford (with funding from ProQuest, Jisc and a collective of libraries) the full text of more than 25,000 titles from the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database are now available to the public, fully searchable, and open access.

"From Shakespeare and Milton to little-known books about witchcraft, cookery and sword fighting, this rich data set comprises fully-searchable text files that can be read online or downloaded in a variety of formats.
This corpus of electronic texts has been created and released by the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP), an international collaboration among universities, funders and ProQuest, an information company central to global research. Previously, the texts were only available to users at academic libraries involved in the partnership but the data was released into the public domain on 1 January." (excerpt from Bodleian libraries press release ).

EEBO-TCP database)
Access this fantastic resource here.

Want to see the pictures too? The UC library has a full subscription to EEBO - a database of digital facsimile images of "virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700" (

More information at:
Proquest Press release
University of Michigan Press release
Bodleian Library Press release

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Database interruption: Thursday morning

Our remote access software, Ezproxy, is being updated at 9 am Thursday morning. This will mean a brief interruption to database access but hopefully this will last no longer than 10 minutes.

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.