Category Archives: General

The Education Library is moving into the Central Library. But expert help is still available this summer!

The Education Library on the Dovedale campus closes on Thursday 16 November and from Tuesday 21 November, you’ll see the familiar faces of the library assistants behind the desk on Level 2 of the Central Library and the subject librarians will be based on Level 5.

Kathryn, Kim, Fiona, Waitangi, and Margaret can meet with you wherever is most convenient – on the Dovedale campus, at the Ātea Ako consultation space on Level 2 of the Central Library, via email or phone. Just make an appointment, email us, or give us a call.


Jubilee Sculpture, c.2003, by Donald Paterson (UC/CCE/256)

The classroom, Māori classroom, Māori and fiction collections are moving to Level 4 of the Central Library and the academic education collections will mostly be shelved on Level 7. While the collections will be inaccessible to the public for approximately a week or so, you can still place requests on materials and retrievals will take place daily as usual. These requests can be collected from the Central Library. The existing returns box will be available 24/7 (and emptied daily) until the College moves into Rēhua.

A pop-up library service is planned for the Dovedale campus in Semester 1, 2018 and more details will be released once finalised.

We look forward to showing you around the new collection, study and service spaces in the Central Library.

Library Website Change – 19th September

Kia ora koutou.

The library website is currently being updated.
The switch to the new site will take place on Tuesday 19th September.
On this date, there may be some pages which are temporarily unavailable from 7am onwards. The work on the site should be completed by midday – we will keep you posted via this blog and social media on the day.

The following services will NOT be affected and will remain available:

Databases, ebooks and journals will also be accessible throughout.
Redirects will be set up from the old site but we encourage you to update any bookmarks you may have to our pages once the new website is live.

The work on the Library website is to migrate the content to the new UC content management system and will provide an improved look-and-feel.  Once the new site is live, we will welcome any feedback (we will post feedback methods closer to the time).

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – 11-17th September

Kia ora, koutou! Nau mai, haere mai, ki Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2017!

Māori Language Week 11-17 September 2017





This year Māori Language Week runs from 11 – 17 September. The theme is “Kia ora te reo Māori”, which not only picks up our national greeting, but means literally “Let the Māori Language live”. UC Central Library will be hosting the opening ceremony at 9.30am on Monday 11th September.

Keep an eye out in all four of the UC Libraries for free resource packs, games and events. Both Education and EPS Libraries are holding Wharewhare sessions (Bingo!) and Central and Education Libraries will also be holding Storytime sessions for children – feel free to bring along your younger whānau members.

All UC Libraries will be showing their aroha for te reo Māori, with displays going up and new kupu to learn. Central Library will also be hosting a waiata session – no experience needed. Tau kē!

Check out the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Programme, which also includes info on where to collect free UC Te Reo Resource Packs for all staff and students.

Interloans portal not available at the moment

Note: this has now been fixed and you can log in to the Interloans Portal

Our apologies – at the moment you are unable to log in to our Interloans Portal.

Interloans staff can lodge requests on your behalf. Contact them on

If you log in you will get an error message:

Inter-institutional access failure. Please contact your system administrator for assistance.

Our ITS department are working with the supplier of our Interloans system to resolve the issue, but at the moment we don’t know how long this will take.

Book Giveaway Friday 29 September, Level 3 Central Library

Library Book Giveaway – September

Withdrawn Library books will be available for you to take home.
Friday 29th September, Level 3 Central Library 12.15 -2.30 pm

Please bring your own bags.


Various donations, from a range of disciplines which were not required for the collection.

English Literature 17th and 18th century

Duplicate copies of Art of Asia from the 1980s

Textbooks older versions

Duplicates and damaged books

Music – sheet music

Help us make our Web Site better

We are designing a new library website. We would really appreciate your help in working out whether we’ve put information in easy to find places. This short survey will allow us to test this.

Take the survey

The results will be used to improve the navigation of our new site.  Please take 10 minutes of your time to complete these tasks. If you complete all tasks, you will be entered in a prize draw to win a hamper of yummy goodies.



Additional info:  the prize draw will be at the end of the survey. The survey is currently estimated to run for 1 week but the final date may be extended based on number of completed surveys. The prize is to be collected by the winner from the Central Library. The prize is a selection of groceries. The winner will be notified by email.

Library staff are welcome to complete the survey but are not eligible for the prize.

The new website will be live by October 2017.


SciVal trial: a research analytics system

The Library has arranged trial access to SciVal from 24 August to 22 September 2017.

SciVal is a research analytics system that uses data from Scopus and Science Direct to give researchers access to the bibliometric research performance of their own research, research institutions and individual researchers worldwide.

SciVal enables researchers and admin to visualise research performance, benchmark using a number of metrics and develop collaborative partnerships.

The system is useful for:

  • Researchers
  • Staff working to support research and partnerships
  • Marketing and communications staff

SciVal can be used to:

  • Understand the performance of research outputs for a group
  • Gather information and analysis to support funding bids and PBRF
  • Analyse research strengths and trends and to benchmark against other research groups, universities etc
  • Gather information about current partnerships and potential partners

How well does it do all of these things? How easy is it to use? These are the questions we hope to answer by holding a trial of the product.

SciVal training and sign-up

A SciVal Metrics workshop, led by Cassandra Sims from Elsevier, will be held on 28 August from 9am-12pm in the Library. Please register here. The registration page lists the topics that will be covered in the workshop.

Details about how to access the SciVal trial will appear on the Library’s Electronic Resources Trials webpage  in the next few weeks.

SciVal would have to provide exceptional benefits to UC for us to subscribe to it. The trial should help us understand how beneficial SciVal could be, and whether it would be worth making a business case to acquire it.

ProQuest Outage

We are currently experiencing problems accessing ProQuest databases due to an outage at ProQuest headquarters.  They have had a power outage and are working to resolve the issue.

The outage is currently affecting:

  • access to ProQuest databases/journals
  • exporting/downloading citations from Multisearch
  • Library Catalogue (slowing down item details screen when clicking on search results)

At this stage we do not have an ETA on a fix but it is a major outage so could take some time.




Requesting Art, Archives, Architectural Drawings & Photographs via Kā Kohika unavailable from 17th – 23rd July

Kia ora koutou

As part of the ongoing upgrade to our archives management system, requesting items from our art, archives, architectural drawings and photograph collections via Kā kohika will be unavailable from 17th – 23 July.  Kā kohika will still be available for searching.

Please note – the request buttons will still show when you search for items and you may be able to complete the request process but any details entered will be lost.

If you require access to these materials throughout this period please contact the Macmillan Brown library:

Ph +64 3 369 4499, (internal ext 94499)

NB: some materials are currently inaccessible due to remediation happening in some archives storage areas.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Macmillan Brown library storage scheduled maintenance (26 June – end August)

Due to an upgrade of storage areas, there will be limited access to some items from the Macmillan Brown Library collections from 26 June until the end of August 2017.

This includes some archive collections, newspapers, Māori Land Court minute books (except for South Island) and a small number of items from the Special Collections.

Macmillan Brown Library will remain open as usual during this time with most of the collections still accessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience to our users during this time. The improvements to the storage areas are intended to help us to preserve these treasured collections for future generations.

Please contact us at if you have any concerns.

Congratulations UC Graduates!

The Library would like to congratulate all UC graduates graduating this week.  We hope you all take pride in your accomplishment and enjoy this celebration of your hard work.

Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Image Credit: Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Library search and borrowing services restricted on the morning of Tuesday 11th April

Update: The Self Loan machines are running. The Catalogue will work for alphabetical searching but keyword searches will not be accurate until around 11 am as they are being rebuilt.

Next Tuesday, 11th April, some library systems are being upgraded and this will disrupt services in all branches.

The library catalogue will be unavailable from 4:00 am until around 10:00 am although the ‘MultiSearch” search on our home page will still function.

There will also be no lending when the Library opens, although all going well, the SelfCheck machines should be operational by around 8:30 am.

Library staff will not have full access to the system until around 9:00 am.

Image of the week: 13th – 19th March


Noticing the leaves change colour to fiery red, orange and bronze as we slip into autumn?

Thousands of new images from the Macmillan Brown photograph archive have been put online recently and are accessible via the Kā Kohika image search portal.

Featured here is such an image by photographer Noel Habgood.

Image Credit: Habgood, N., n.d., Plate 336 – autumn trees, Noel Habgood photographs (MB237, Ref 146693). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Book Giveaway 12.15 pm Friday 03 March

Library Book Giveaway

Withdrawn Library books will be available for you to take home.
Friday 3 March, Level 3 Central Library 12.15 -2.30 pm

Please bring your own bags.

There are a mixture of subjects covered:

  • French Literature (PQ)
  • 19th C English Literature
  • History of Asia (DS)
  • History of Africa (DT)
  • History of Oceanian (DU)
  • Visual Arts (N)
  • Law
  • Forestry
  • Biological Sciences
  • and other miscellaneous items

library book giveaway