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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.

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Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 13th March

The library is organising Book Giveaways during 2015 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.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 donít 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.