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When is big, big enough?

By Stuart McDonald 14 March 2013 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library ….

This Uni’s Library is totally overcrowded.  Not meeting required capacity of students.  Need new building ASAP.

The library’s response ….

Thank you for your comment. 

 Yes, you are quite correct the Library is a very busy place and even with our wealth of online resources and services lots of students are choosing to come and use the Library for study and research. 

 As you can see when you come into the Library we are undergoing some major renovations at present. Whilst these are not a new Library, they are reducing the space occupied by collections so we can provide additional space for people, and we are also upgrading the facilities we are providing in existing spaces (new carrels, chairs, booths and computers). We also expect the renovations will create new ways of using the Library building.  For example, the plan is to greatly increase the Library opening hours once the renovations are complete giving students a much broader span of hours to use the Library.  

 Lynne Vautier, Associate Director, Flexible Delivery & Lending Services.

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Hazel Hawke Scholarship open

By Curtin Library 13 March 2013 Library Services JCPML Comments off

The Hazel Hawke Scholarship is available for mature age female applicants commencing undergraduate study at Curtin University in first semester 2013. The scholarship provides a cash payment of $2000 per year based on a full time study load of 100 credit points per semester for the duration of the degree.

The scholarship helps women whose finances would not normally allow them to study and is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic potential and commitment to community and social issues.

Applications close on 28 March 2013. Find out more information on the Hazel Hawke Scholarship or make an application.

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February Information Update now available

By Curtin Library 27 February 2013 Library Services JCPML Comments off

The JCPML newsletter is now available online. Read about the new Elsie Curtin resource, find the winners of the 2012 National History Challange and more!

We are also updating our mailing lists so please check the newsletter for more information.

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Got a question?

By Curtin Library 26 February 2013 Highlights Comments off

 Try LibAnswers. It’s a one stop shop for all your queries relating to library services, facilities and resources. Other benefits for you include:

  • 24/7 access to commonly asked questions – you may find your answer instantly.
  • You can ask your question publically or privately. If your question is private we will reply directly to you.
  • Answers are continuously updated and quality controlled to ensure you get the most up-to-date information.

You can access LibAnswers via the Library Help page or just click on Library Help or Contact Us from the Library homepage.

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Semester opening hours

By Curtin Library 26 February 2013 News & events Comments off

From Monday 4 March 2013 Robertson Library will be open as follows:

Monday to Thursday: 7am to 10pm
7am-8am limited service

Fridays:  7am to 10pm
7am-8am limited service
6pm-10pm limited service (levels 2 and 3 only)

Saturdays & Sundays:  9am to 6pm
4.50pm-6pm limited service (levels 2 and 3 only)

For more information on limited service please see this webpage.

For information on opening hours at other Curtin libraries visit

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Library Catalogue upgraded

By Curtin Library 26 February 2013 News & events Comments off

Upgrades to the Library Catalogue not only save you time and effort but help you connect via social media:

  • Export a record into EndNote from the Full Record tab. Just select EndNote from the drop down menu under Send Full Record to. You can also export multiple selected records to EndNote within your e-Shelf.
  • Personalise your search results to your discipline and level of expertise. When you log in for the first time after the upgrade you will be given the option to specify your ‘research level’ (Postgraduate, Professional Staff, Undergraduate, Academic) and to select one or more subject areas of interest. These choices will influence the way the relevance ranking works when you perform a search. Details can also be amended through the My Details page under Borrower Information.
  • Share your search results on Facebook. Click on the Facebook ‘Like’ button to the right of each entry.
  • Add an entire page to your e-Shelf with one click. Use the new ‘Add page to e-Shelf’ at the bottom left of the screen.
  • Refine your results further. Include or exclude results from your search using the new ‘More options’ function under each of the categories on the left of the screen (Resource Type, Library or Collection, Author or Creator, Topic and Creation Date).

For more help using the Library Catalogue check out the  LibGuide.

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Kalgoorlie Library closing early today

By Curtin Library 21 February 2013 News & events Comments off

Due to unforseen circumstances, Kalgoorlie Library will close at 3.30pm Thursday 21 February, re-opening as per normal hours from Friday 22 February.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

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Library Catalogue upgrade

By Curtin Library 15 February 2013 News & events Comments off

The Library Catalogue is being upgraded and the process is scheduled continue until Thursday 21 February. Due to this some features of the Catalogue will be unavailable, including the e-shelf, reviews and tags. There may also be several minor outages including one between 10am and 12pm on Thursday the 21 February 2013. The upgrade is scheduled to finish at 12pm on Thursday 21 February.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

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Disruptions due to refurbishment of the Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 13 February 2013 News & events Comments off

We’re making your library better!

Work is progressing on refurbishments on level 2 of the Robertson Library. As a result, there will be some disruptions for clients from Thursday 14 February:

  • while the south entry to the library will still be open, some detours will be in place
  • the number of available lifts will be temporarily reduced to two
  • the lounge@your library will remain unavailable, please enjoy your food and drinks in the Bookmark Cafe or outside
  • the ATM’s in the foyer of the library will be relocated. In the meantime, use the Bankwest ATM at Building 408, the ANZ ATM at Building 103 or the Westpac ATM at Building 200A.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

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Lounge@your library closed

By Curtin Library 31 January 2013 News & events Comments off

We’re making your library better! In the meantime the Lounge@your library in the Robertson Library will be closed. Unfortunately this also means that you will need to consume your food and drinks (excluding water) in the Bookmark Cafe or outside.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

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