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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Planned power cuts for the weekend affect Library opening hours.

Because of the need to do work on the University power supplies, many buildings including the Library buildings, will be without power for part of Saturday and most of Sunday. Because of this we have had to change Library closing hours. In particular, on Sunday, we are opening the Education Library to compensate for EPS and Central Libraries being closed.

On Saturday 4th July

Central and EPS Libraries are closing early at 4pm.

On Sunday 5th July

The Central and EPS Libraries will be closed.

The Education Library will be open on Sunday 5 July from 10am-5pm.

Please accept our apologies for these disruptions.


Monday, June 15, 2015

New Library Displays at Central and Education Libraries

At Central Library
Come and check out the display celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta. The display is located just behind the information desk on Level 2 of the library (Puaka-James Hight building)
Magna Carta 800 years display 1Magna Carta 800 years display 2
Need to know more about the Magna Carta and its historical significance? Check out http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-an-introduction for an introduction, narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones.

At the Education Library
Teaching students about to go on placement? Come and check out the latest display at the Education library - Professional practice, behavior in the classroom
Professional Practice display EDU 2015

Monday, June 08, 2015

Ask An Archivist Day - Tuesday 9 June 2015

Tuesday 9 June 2015 is international Ask An Archivist Day on Twitter. UC Library Archivist, Erin Kimber, is using the day to share news about our archive collections, events and research at UC. Ask your questions by tweeting Erin at @uoclibrary and adding the hashtag #AskUCArchivists to your question (in 140 characters or less, of course!). Don't have twitter? Post your question on the library Facebook page

So what can you ask the UC Library archivist? Well first, check out what we have to offer: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/mb/archives/index.shtml

Studying for Exams? The Library can help

Here are some Library tips to help you prepare for your exams

Looking for past years' exam papers?
See the Library's exam papers page

Looking for study space during exams?
The University Library provides 2758 study places spread across 4 libraries.
We also have 35 bookable discussion rooms.

Want to know where the silent zones in the library are?
We have silent zones in each library. You’ll find silent study zones on Level 2 of the Education Library, Levels 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Central Library and Level 3 of the EPS Library.

Engineering High Demand Selection at Education Library 2015Engineering students, looking for textbooks on the Dovedale campus?
There is a selection of textbooks in the high demand section of the Education Library for courses taught over on the Dovedale campus.


Check out the exam preparation tips display on now at the Education Library.

Education Library Exam Preparation display 2015

The library has a number of books on exam preparation and study skills. If you need help finding them, just contact us.

Not sure what’s involved with exams?
Have a look at this webpage before you go into your exam

We wish you all the best of luck in your 2015 mid-year exams.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Libraries Closed for Queen's Birthday Monday 1st June

All UC Libraries will be closed on Monday, 1st of June, for Queen's Birthday.
See Library Hours page for more information on Library hours.

Monday, May 18, 2015

NZ Music Month Displays

May is New Zealand Music Month.
NZ music month 2015

To celebrate, we have put together displays in two of our libraries.

You can check out the displays at:


  • Central Library (Puaka-James Hight Building) Level 2 - between the 2 lift bays.
    The display features New Zealand music in the 1990's". In a celebration of this unique period of Kiwi music we have selected a few items from the Macmillan Brown Library collection which give a taste of what UC students were rocking out to 20-ish years ago

  • nz music month central library display 2015
  • Education Library (Henry Field) - to your left just after entering via the main entrance doors.
    This is an ever-evolving display so you may want to go back for several visits.

    Here are just two examples:


  • Trial of the Knovel interactive full-text database of scientific and engineering handbooks.

    From today through to the 6th of June UC staff and students have on-campus access to a trial of Knovel.

    More information is available on our Trials page along with links to video and online resources to help with the use of Knovel.

    Knovel is an interactive full-text database of scientific and engineering handbooks and reference works from publishers such as CRC Press, Reed Elsevier, ASCE and ASME. It provides quick, authoritative answers to technical questions. Users can search across text, tables, numerical data, graphs and equations, and use analytical tools as well as browse by individual title.

    Friday, May 08, 2015

    PressReader App - read newspapers and magazines on your mobile device

    This year we have an option to provide better access to PressDisplay for users using it on mobile devices. To enable this we are making a change to our licence allocation. Currently we have a 7 user subscription. Two of the licences will be reserved for PC use (where it is known as PressDisplay) and the other five will be made available for mobile users.

    The mobile licences mean that if you are connected to the University wireless network, you can download issues of newspapers and magazines to which we subscribe.

    Users who wish to read PressDisplay on a cellphone or tablet can download the free PressReader App. There is more information about this here. User guides are also available for Android and for IOS

    Monday, May 04, 2015

    Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 8th May

    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 8th May, 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 ranges

    • HE (transportation, communication)

    • PC (French, German, Spanish –topics on grammar, dictionaries)

    • PT (German Literature)

    • Q (Science)

    • QL (Zoology)

    • Kiwi Hit Discs - music cds

    • Miscellaneous


    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    New Library 101 Classes for May

    Library 101
    Our Library 101 programme is designed to provide new undergraduate students with the information and digital skills needed to be successful at university.
    Classes running in May are:

  • Introduction to journals for science students - 6 May 2015

  • Introduction to using art, archives and photos in assignments - 13 May 2015


  • To book a place enrol online

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 library@canterbury.ac.nz and one of our helpful staff will talk you through the registration process.