Category Archives: General

Level 4, Central Library

Level 4 of the Central library is now available without restriction.

From 11 January 2017 further moving of the collection will be carried out so there will be some disruption to you if you wish to work on this level.

The call range for Level 4 is now PA 6475 – Z.

However, English Literature PR2358.L6830 – PS 490.H531 books have been temporarily moved to Level 7.  They will eventually be moved back to Level 4.  Please check the library catalogue for the current location of books.

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.

Libraries closing at 12:30 pm this Friday (9 December)

All libraries will close early at 12:30 pm this Friday, 9th December for a Christmas function.

Libraries closing

If you need to return items after 12:30pm on the 9th of December, please use the Library after hours returns drop boxes located outside each library.
ITS Help/Service desks at Central and Education libraries will also be unavailable from 12:30 pm on Friday. If you need IT help, call 6060.

We will re-open again for our usual hours from Saturday afternoon. (see our hours page for more details)

Thank you for your understanding.

Restricted Areas on Level 4

For the safety of library users and staff, some areas of Level 4 of the Central Library will be restricted from Wednesday 7 Dec.  Contractors are dismantling shelving therefore there will be noise and hazards in this area.  The call range of N-NZ is currently being moved from level 4 to Level 6.  Please check the catalogue before visiting the library for the current location of books.  Please ask a Library Staff member if you urgently require a title from a restricted section of Level 4.  They will attempt to retrieve the item if it is safe to do so.  Otherwise you will be asked to place a hold.

When you are in the library please follow the health and safety signage relating to restricted access.

Joan Simpson, Resource Discovery Manager

Improvement to requesting services for distance borrowers

Distance borrowers can now choose to pick-up requested items from an on-campus library as an alternative to the postal delivery option.

When requesting an item from the library catalogue, simply choose your preferred pick-up location and you’ll be notified by email when your item is available to be collected. If you would like the item posted to you, select the Postal Service option.

We’re hoping that this change will provide a more flexible service to our distance borrowers.

Library 101 Online Classes

Our Library 101 programme is designed to provide new undergraduate students with the information and digital skills needed to be successful at university.  The Library will be offering a short 15 minute online workshop that covers how to place and remove a hold on a book.


Upcoming workshops –

Placing a hold on a book
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 10:20am

Placing a hold on a book
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 2:20pm

See the Library website for more information and to register

Multisearch and Journal A-Z list disruptions on Sunday 30th October

On the morning of Sunday 30th October the providers of these services will be doing some maintenance.

The Multisearch service will remain available, but some results may fail to connect to the full text. This shouldn’t happen much, and not for main-stream journals.

In addition the A-Z journals list will not be working.

The interruptions will occur between 5 am and noon on Sunday.

Inviting In : Exploring 30 years of Homosexual Law Reform

Using archival sources held in the Macmillan Brown Library, the exhibition will explore the lead-up to the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill and the impact it had on the LGBTQ=+ community in Christchurch.  The exhibition has been curated by two College of Arts interns, Luke Shepard and Hannah Milne, with the assistance of UC Library Archivist, Erin Kimber.

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of talks in the Gallery during the week of  17-21 October.

The exhibition ends on the 11th November.

Visit UC events for further details


SpringerLink is currently unavailable

***UPDATE 27/9/16 :  Thanks for your patience – we now have access to our SpringerLink resources again ***

Due to a technical problem, the majority of SpringerLink resources are currently unavailable. Springer are unable to advise when this problem will be resolved, so please check back here for updates.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this outage.

Book Giveaway – Thursday 15th September

The library continues to review the UC collection and some resources have been withdrawn. On Thursday 15th September these will be available for you to view and to take for your own collections.

Where: Level 3, Central Library, Puaka James Hight
When: 12:15 – 2:15pm
Please bring your own bags/boxes

The list below gives an indication of which subjects are covered by the majority of withdrawn items. An itemised list is not available.

Call Range –  Subject Heading

DS – History of Asia
DT – History of Africa
DU – History of Oceania
N    – Visual Arts
PQ – French Literature
PR – 19th Century English Literature
Plus some miscellaneous items

Resources are being given away because:

  • Fewer copies of the title are now required; or
  • it is damaged and may have been replaced; or
  • it was purchased or donated but does not meet the “in scope” criteria for Learning, Teaching and Research at UC; or
  • an electronic equivalent is considered to be the preferred option

Library payments unavailable Monday morning, 29th August

***UPDATE 3pm – library payments are now available again. If you receive any error messages or have any problems processing payments please contact library staff ***

As part of the implementation process for Follow You printing, Library payments (for fines, lost books and membership fees) will be unavailable on the morning of Monday 29th August.  At this stage, we can’t confirm an exact time when the service will be available, so please check back for updates.

Multisearch linking to full text currently not working

We are currently experiencing problems accessing full text from Multisearch.  Attempts to connect to full text come up with a ” We’re sorry, but something went wrong.” error message.

This is most likely related to Multisearch being upgraded this morning (you may notice it has a different look and feel) and the vendors are working on the problem.

You will still be able get to full text by searching for the journal/e-book in the Library Catalogue (for journal articles you will need to search for or navigate to the article in the journal’s interface).

We will remove this post once we have notification that the issue has been resolved.

Library Payment system unavailable 9am-5pm Saturday 20th August

ITS will be carrying out maintenance affecting the Canterbury Card payments system from 9am – 5pm Saturday 20th August.  As a result the Library payments system will be intermittently unavailable.

Please avoid attempting any fine or lost book payments during this time.  We will also be unable to take subscription/membership payments during this period.

Please Contact library staff if you have any concerns about this.