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Library Collections

General Collection 

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 M are located on Level C and call numbers from N 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 21 days (90 days for University staff, PhD, Masters and Honours students of the University).

Short Loan Collection

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, 3 days or 7 days.

Journals & E-Books

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. 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. 

There are over current print journals covering various subject areas. The most recent issues of these are displayed on Level C for 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.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection is located on Level C and comprises English and other languages dictionaries. There are also subject-specific dictionaries and some street directories. Items from the Reference Collection cannot be borrowed. Law reference materials are located with the rest of the Law Collection on Level D.

The General Reference Subject Guide provides access to a wide variety of online reference sources. Access to the online reference collection is restricted to staff and students of the University of Canberra.

Law Collection

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.

Lu Rees Archives

The Lu Rees Archives 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. To retrieve an item from the collection you will need to fill out a Closed Access Material Form available at the Information and Loans Desk on Level B of the Library.

Clough Collection

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.

Material cannot be borrowed, but may be viewed in the Library by arrangement.  To view items in this Collection, please submit a request form at the Information and Loans Desk (forms are available at the Information and Loans Desk). Restrictions may be placed on photocopying of this material if an item is in a fragile state.

Rare Books Collection

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. 

Rare books cannot be borrowed, but may be viewed in the Library by 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 Information and Loans Desk (forms are available at the Information and Loans Desk).

Map Collection

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

Newspaper Collection

The Newspaper Collection is located on Level C. It includes current day's issues of The Australian, The Age, The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. Issues are kept for 4 weeks only with the exception of The Australian Financial Review which is kept for 8 weeks.

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

Theses

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.


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