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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 and one of our helpful staff will talk you through the registration process.

Library Hours for Easter 2015

Good news for those of you wanting to work on assignments, catch up on some reading, get in some study & get a head start on next term, get some printing done, or just wanting to work off all that Easter chocolate with a stroll up the tower stairs.
This year we will be opening Central and EPS Libraries on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of April.
Both libraries will be open for their standard weekend hours:

Saturday 4th April
- Central and EPS open 10am - 5pm

Sunday 5th April
- Central Library open 10am - 9pm
- EPS Library open 10am - 5pm

All Libraries will be closed on:
- Friday 3rd April,
- Monday 6th April,
- Tuesday 7th April.

We wish you all a very happy Easter.

See the Library Hours page for all library hours.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Library 101 - Starting on March 18th

Library 101
The Library provides a wealth of information resources that, as an undergraduate, you'll need to use for your study at UC. Our Library 101 programme is designed to provide new undergraduate students with the information and digital skills needed to be successful at university. Attending this programme and developing your skills for independent research will lead you to academic success.

Our workshops and drop-ins are held throughout the year and include:

1. Find and manage course readings

2. Independent research using the Library

3. Introduction to journals for science students

4. Introduction to using art, archives and photos in assignments

5. APA referencing - why and how to use other people's words and ideas

The first courses start on March 18th - To book a place enrol online

For more information contact Nick Scullin

Friday, March 06, 2015

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 13th March

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 13 March, 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.

    • The list below gives an indication of the subjects covered by the majority of the withdrawn books. An itemised list is not available.

      Book Giveaway 13th March 2015 subject ranges

      Monday, March 02, 2015

      Electronic Resources via Emerald Insight unavailable for up to 12 hours from 8pm Monday 2nd March

      We have a small number of Electronic Resources that come from the publisher, Emerald.
      They are doing systems maintenance from 8pm today (Monday 2nd March).
      During this maintenance window, some functionality on Emerald Insight will be unavailable for up to 12 hours (e.g. search).

      Currently some of the Emerald Insight article links are not working (people are getting "page not found" errors). This appears to be part of Emerald's preparation for maintenance and it should be resolved within the next 24 hours.

      Friday, February 27, 2015

      Various Proquest Databases unavailable on Sunday afternoon

      On Sunday 1st March, from 4 pm until 9 pm, several Proquest databases will be unavailable as Proquest is doing systems maintenance. If you attempt to use one of these, you will be taken to a web page explaining what is happening.

      Friday, February 20, 2015

      Haere mai, tauiti mai. Welcome all new and returning students.

      #GetSmart - Orientation 2015
      Find out what the Library is doing for Orientation 2015, win prizes, and get your year off to a flying start with the Library.
      Have a look at our #GetSmart Orientation 2015 webpage for details about:
      - competitions we're running,
      - Library tours,
      - displays & exhibitions
      ... and other ways you can get started with the Library in 2015.

      Library staff are here to help, so please don't hesitate to contact us.

      We wish you all a happy and successful year!

      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