Making the most out of your library
Knowing how to confidently use the library and its resources can contribute to your success as a uni student. As a student-librarian, I gladly share my tips for making the most out of your library.
- Using the space
There are a range of spaces to suit whatever you’re doing. You can book group study rooms, claim your individual study pod or simply chill on the colourful bean bags. Griffith University’s six libraries are open during the trimester and vacation periods. Extended hours are available during the last week of trimester, study and exams weeks.
- Library Services
Services offered include setting up a new printing account, purchasing binders and borrowing closed reserve books just to mention a few. These services close in the late afternoon or evening depending on the day and your campus but the library building will remain open.
- Books and resources
Resources available include books, journals, databases, online music libraries and other things to enhance study and recreation. The library also offers unlimited borrowing so you can read, watch or listen to your heart’s content. If you still can’t find what you need in Griffith’s comprehensive web of resources, you can borrow from other participating libraries through Bonus+. Laptops are also available for a three-hour loan from the library services desk.
Apart from printers, printing stations offer tools like binding machines, staplers and paper guillotines. Wireless printing from your own device is also available. Got loose change? The Red Kiosk machines are great places to feed your coins to top up your
printing account. In 2018, a new cashless system will be implemented allowing students to access their accounts through a portal.
- Tours and workshops
Attend a library tour or an earlybird workshop in assignment writing, e-Portfoloio and referencing when commencing as a student or during your degree. These are delivered for students to get a head start at university or develop existing skills, so why not take advantage of them?
- Events and giveaways
Throughout the year, the libraries run events and competitions for its students and staff. A one-of-a-kind Human Library will be held on 21/3/18 at the Gold Coast campus where you can have conversations with people about topics which they represent. Last year, music in the library was generously provided by QCGU students and faculty. The shelfie competition and TerraCycling painting competition were a hit among students to unleash creative potential. All libraries have taken part in recycling efforts and Terracycle boxes are available for you to recycle your oral care products.
By Charlotte Fung