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.

Image of the week: 5 December – 11 December

Not long now until carol singing begins!

These festive felines are rehearsing their best, but I’m guessing this lot’s cat-erwauling isn’t very peaceful, holy nor inspiring of Christmas joy…

(See what I did there? Prizes for the best puss pun! Actually yeah nah, there’s no prizes… but have fun commenting anyway!)

MB1667-25720-Cat-Orchestra (003)

Image credit: Unknown photographer, n.d., Cartoon cat orchestra, Canterbury Mountaineering Club records (MB1667, 25720). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

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.

Image of the week: 21 – 27 November

Discovering De Jong: A scholarly legacy, asset, and resource.

This image shows a small section of an 18th century Sanskrit scroll (MB680, 79195) held in the Macmillan Brown archive collection which may be of interest to researchers visiting for the DeJongSymposium-Schedule on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  The De Jong Collection, estimated to consist of approximately 12,000 items, is held in the Library’s Rare Books, Archives and general collections.  We will have a tiny sample on display at Macmillan Brown Library this Thursday morning.


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


SELECT exhibition opening & award announcement from 5pm Tuesday 8 November Ilam Campus Gallery, Block 2, SoFA, exhibition runs till 8 December


Image: Photograph of Canterbury College School of Art, exhibition of students’ work, 1948. University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts records (MB2114, Ref 71992, ORC 351). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

SELECT ’16 is the eighth occurrence of the annual Select exhibition, which is run by the University of Canterbury Art Acquisitions Committee.  The exhibition supports final year visual arts practitioners studying at the School of Fine Arts by acquiring examples of their work for the University’s permanent art collection. To date, 23 works have been acquired for the collection via Select.

Final year students ­ both undergraduate and postgraduate ­ are invited to submit one work to the Art Acquisitions Committee, who make pre-selections for the exhibition opening at 5.00pm on Tuesday 8 November. This year 33 students submitted works and from this initial group 15 have been chosen as exhibiting finalists. The UC Art Acquisitions Committee acquires a maximum of three pieces for its permanent collection from those artworks in the exhibition. An external judge makes this final decision; this year’s judge is Simon Rees, Director at the Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth.

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.