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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Labour Day - Monday 26th October - All Libraries Open

Monday, 26th October is Labour Day.

Libraries will be open for the following hours:

Central Library: 8am-11pm
Education Library: 10am-5pm
EPS Library: 10am-5pm
Macmillan Brown Library: 10am-5pm

Labour Day 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Open Access and the Nature of Scholarly Publishing Sessions to celebrate last week's Open Access Week

In association with International Open Access Week 2015 the library is offering a session on Open Access and the Nature of Scholarly Publishing , presented by Anton Angelo and Dave Lane.
The sessions will be run at two times:
Tuesday 27th October at 11am
Wednesday 28th October at 2pm
Venue: Room210, Central Library

All members of the university community are welcome.

Get more information about open access publishing, in our open access guide

Open Access Week 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Problems with JSTOR access

***this issue has now been resolved 14/10/15***

We are currently experiencing problems accessing JSTOR database content. This is due to problems with JSTOR's site.
We have received the following information from JSTOR:

"Yesterday and today, we have been experiencing intermittent, site-wide access issues that affect use of JSTOR. Our engineers are working hard to restore stable access as quickly as possible"

We will be monitoring the situation and will remove this message when the issues have been resolved.

Monday, October 12, 2015

EPS Library Closed Saturday 17 October

The EPS Library will be closed on Saturday 17 October due to a planned power outage.
The Education Library on Dovedale campus will be open from 10am to 5pm to provide a quiet space for students to study, and allow access to some high demand engineering collections. The Central Library in Puaka-James Hight will be open as usual (10am to 5pm).

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Talk celebrating Christchurch's heritage buildings - Friday 16 October, 7pm-9pm, Undercroft 101

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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Prize winning books on display at EPS Library

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.

Name the Dragon Competition!

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.

Name the dragon!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cambridge University Press - intermittent access problems

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.

Image of the Week: 14th - 20th September

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.

My horse and I ...

Image credit:
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.

EBL ebooks unavailable for up to 3 hours on September 16th

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 ebooks are unavailable

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

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 18th September

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

Renew your books for longer

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, August 24, 2015

Pay for Lost Books online!

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.