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Library Collections


Content Responsibility: Judy Currier

The General Collection is located on levels C and D. All items are shelved according to their Library of Congress call number. Call numbers from A to H are located on Level C and call numbers from J to Z are on Level D. The law collection with the call numbers J & K is also located on Level D. 

Items may be borrowed for either 7 or 21 days (90 days for University staff, PhD, Masters and Honours students of the University).

The Short Loan Collection is located on Level B. It comprises books, videos, CDs, DVDs and private copies that are high use items. These items have loan periods of either 3 hours or 3 days.

The Library has access to approximately 60,000 electronic journals (E-Journals) and a rapidly growing collection of electronic books (E-Books). Access to E-Journals and E-Books is restricted to staff and students of the University of Canberra. 

Browse or search for E-Journals, or access recommended resources through one of the Library Subject Guides. E-Books can be located in the Library Catalogue through the Advanced Search option by selecting 'E-Book' in Material Type or alternatively via UCanFind. For those new to E-Books please refer to the Guide to E-Books at UC Library. Faculty Liaison Librarians are available to answer any questions staff may have regarding the integration of e-resources into their teaching. 

Whilst the Library has an e-preferred Collection Policy it does still retain some print journals in a range of subject areas. The most recent issues of these are displayed on Level C for one month and then are shelved on levels C and D with the General Collection. Law journals are kept in the Law Collection on Level D. Print journals are generally not for loan.

The Law Collection includes general law books and serials, Cases, Parliamentary Papers, Acts and Statutes. The Law Collection is located on Level D.

Access to a wide range of online law resources is available via the Law Subject Guide. Access is restricted to staff and students of the University of Canberra

The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature is a collection of Australian children's literature resources. The Archives, which are the property of the Children's Book Council (ACT), are located on Level D of the Library.

Items from the Archives may not be removed from the Library but can be used within the building. Books in the collection are listed in the Library's catalogue and UCanFind. To access an item from the collection you can visit the archive during their opening hours. Outside of these hours you will need to fill out a Closed Access Material Form available at the Library Service Desk on Level B of the Library.

The Clough Collection is a research collection purchased from Dr Richard Clough in 1974. The Collection comprises early works on the history of landscape, landscape design, gardens in many countries, plants and gardening, art, architecture and design. Titles held in the Clough Collection are listed on the Library's catalogue and UCanFind.

Material cannot be borrowed, but may be viewed in the Library by prior arrangement.  To view items in this Collection, please submit a request form at the Library Service Desk. Restrictions may be placed on photocopying of this material if an item is in a fragile state.

The Rare Books Collection comprises books with an imprint pre-1900, plus some special or limited editions. Items in the Rare Collection are listed in the Library's catalogue and UCanFind

Rare books cannot be borrowed, but may be viewed in the Library by prior arrangement. Some items may be viewed but not photocopied because of their fragile state. To view items in this Collection, please submit a request form at the Library Service Desk.

Maps in electronic format are available via the Library catalogue and UCanFind.  Hardcopy maps are located on Level D of the Library and may be borrowed for up to 21 days.

The Newspaper Collection is located on Level C. It includes current day's issues of The Australian, The Canberra Times and The Australian Financial Review. All issues are kept for 4 weeks.

Online access is available to many Australian and overseas newspapers. Access is restricted to staff and students of the University of Canberra.

PhD, Masters and Honours theses written by University of Canberra students are shelved together at the back of Level D. They are arranged on the shelf by type of thesis (e.g. PhD), year completed (e.g. 2008) and then alphabetically by author's surname.

For more information, consult the Theses information page.