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Remembering John Curtin: commemoration and book launch

By Curtin Library 2 July 2020 Library Services JCPML News & events Special collections Comments off


Hosted by the Australian Trade Union Institute, this online panel event will discuss John Curtin’s life and legacy as a union activitist, wartime prime minister, and transformative leader on the 75th anniversary of his death.

It will also launch the new biography Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin by Liam Byrne.

Event details:

Venue: Online via Zoom
Date: Sunday 5 July 2020, 6pm – 7pm AEST
Speakers: Sally McManus (ACTU Secretary), Wayne Swan (ALP National President & Former Deputy Prime Minister) and Dr Liam Byrne (ACTU Historian and Author).

Register for the online panel event

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JCPML reopens

By Curtin Library 1 July 2020 News & events Comments off

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library will open from Tuesday 7 July 2020. You can visit the Library on Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 2pm.

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Library semester break opening hours

By Curtin Library 24 June 2020 News & events Comments off

Well done on finishing semester one! As we move into a well-deserved break, hours at TL Robertson Library will be changing until the new semester.

We will be closing at 6pm Friday 26 June, then starting 27 June we’re open 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday and closed on weekends.

During this time, building access is still restricted to Curtin staff and students and you’ll need to swipe your Curtin ID. Physical distancing measures still apply.

If you need help from us during the break, you can still reach us online or via phone!

For those not coming onto campus, we are still offering a range of services remotely! Find out more about our current services here.

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JCPML history website now live!

By Curtin Library 23 June 2020 Library Services JCPML News & events Special collections Comments off

JCPML building under constructionCurtin University Library invite you to explore the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library’s (JCPML) history through our new website, which offers a unique, previously unseen perspective on the plans and operation of the institution.

Featuring an interactive timeline and new archival images, you can learn about the decisions that made the JCPML what it is today, including the exclusion of a mausoleum from the building plans, the sometimes-spontaneous acquisition of precious items, and more.

Since opening its doors 22 years ago, the JCPML has engaged the public through education programs and public lectures. It acts as an archival and research facility, holding papers, memorabilia and other items related to the life and times of John Curtin.

Much has changed since 1998, and we’re proud to share our history with you. We invite you to explore the JCPML’s history on our website.

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Suggestion: Library semester break opening hours

By Curtin Library 22 June 2020 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…


With COVID-19, many issues have arisen for students, with many having to change their enrolment and prac scheduling. The library has done a great job playing it’s role in safety of students and staff during the pandemic.

With the prospect of returning back to face-to-face teaching next semester, many students are now opting to do intensive units and their required prac hours during the semester break so that they have a chance of returning to their original schedule and on track for their originally planned graduation. Many students are also still studying the semester break, such as law students in Trimester 2B quickly approaching their exams at the end of July. Can the library please consider taking a more equitable approach by foregoing the usual semester break hours, and keeping the hours currently set (8am to 9pm Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm Saturday) during the semester break?

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback.

We do understand the additional needs required and, to make sure our limited staff resources have the most impact, our opening hours tend to reflect the times when most students are on campus. We will keep an eye on the attendance numbers throughout the break and review if necessary.

Access to the CGSB Library space continues for Law and Business students throughout the trimesters. Access to the CGSB building is based on existing Student ID Card access. Students are able to confirm their access with their school.

In the longer term over the next few years, refurbishments to the TL Robertson Library and the introduction of a trimester model widely across the Curtin Perth campuses will allow the Library more opportunity to address extended opening hours. In the meantime, there are study spaces on the Perth campus, including three open access computer labs in Buildings 303, 408 and 501 which remain open 24/7 including during the main semester breaks.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin Library

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Semester one Library highlights

By Curtin Library 18 June 2020 News & events Comments off

Semester one has been a ride! In light of the circumstances presented by COVID-19, we adapted a range of services to operate remotely to support you however we could. Here are some of our highlights from these extraordinary times: Library highlights infographic - 2020 sem 1_FINAL

  • Online enquiries were up by 44% in the March / April period compared with 2019.
  • We had over 20,000 students using Reading Lists, up by 17% since March 2019.
  • An additional 30+ databases were negotiated and made temporarily available for Curtin students and staff during the COVID-19 period.
  • We saw a 27% increase in Library workshop attendance as compared with semester one 2019 – 2,296 attendees across 115 workshops (10% of workshop attendees were based outside of the Perth metro region).
  • Our maximum class attendance was a whopping 160 attendees! Our highest attended workshops included APA Referencing, Oral Presentations, EndNote and Paraphrasing & Avoiding Plagiarism.
  • All of our UniPASS sessions were made available online. Sessions are available in units in most faculties, reaching students around the world.
  • We had 17 different hands-on Makerspace classes running through Blackboard Collaborate on photo editing, Arduino, 3D modelling, video editing and compression, and sewable electronics.

We’d love to know how we’ve been doing! Send us your thoughts here.

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Suggestion: Taking exams in the Library

By Curtin Library 16 June 2020 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi, am I able to take an online exam in the library?

The Library responds…

Thanks for your question.

Yes, you may take your online exam in the Library. 

The Library currently offers a quiet, studious environment, with over 800 individual study spaces available. However, we can’t guarantee that it will be completely distraction-free – at this stage our busiest times are usually between 10am and 3pm.

Our group and individual study rooms are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 health restrictions. Laptops are not currently available for loan, so we encourage you to bring your own. We also have desktop computers located mainly on Level 3, however these do not have webcams, require BYO headphones, and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are planning on taking an exam in the Library, we recommend that you check in advance to make sure the set-up meets your needs.

Visit our website to find out more about our current services and opening hours. If you have additional requirements, please contact Curtin Connect.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin Library

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Suggestion: Air-conditioning

By Curtin Library 16 June 2020 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box:
The library is very stuffy & hot – hard to focus

The Library responds:
Thanks for the feedback, we’ll see if Curtin’s Properties department can find the issue.

Colin Sinclair
Curtin Library

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Updated TL Robertson opening and support hours

By Curtin Library 11 June 2020 News & events Comments off

During the exam period (15 – 26 June), TL Robertson Library will open earlier during the week, from 8am to 9pm Mon – Fri for Curtin students and staff! Building access is via swipe card only and physical distancing measures still apply. We are still open on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm during this time.

We’re also updating our online and phone support hours. You can now contact us between 8am to 6pm on weekdays with your questions, as well as between 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Need help? Get in touch here.

For those not coming onto campus, the Library is still offering a range of services remotely! Find out more about our current services here.

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Loans from Kalgoorlie Library

By Curtin Library 4 June 2020 News & events Comments off

Need a book from Curtin Kalgoorlie Library? Local loans from the Kalgoorlie Library collections are available for Curtin staff and students.

Contact the Kalgoorlie Library via to organise a loan.

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