Thursday, November 2, 2017

Library wins grant to support Science Fiction Collection

Murdoch University Library is honoured to receive a Community Heritage Grant from the National Library of Australia to support the development of our Science Fiction Collection. This nationally significant collection is home to almost a century of Australian Science Fiction fandom history, and has been described as ‘absolutely unique compared to other collections in Australia’. We’re very pleased that our collection has been recognised in this way.

Community Heritage grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant, collections of materials. The grant will be used to fund an official significance assessment of our Science Fiction Collection by an external expert. This assessment will document the importance of the collection, and provide a basis for future development. In addition to the funding, the grant provides for specialist training for our staff to ensure the collection is maintained in a proper manner.

Murdoch University Special Collections Coordinator Daniel Rozas Nunez (centre) with Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director General of the National Library of Australia and Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia.

Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 AMPLA Mining Law Moot

Last night, two of our Law Library Help Desk Team, Adriana Costanzo and Kala Campbell, were announced winners of the 2017 AMPLA Mining Law Moot.
Adriana also took out the Best Oralist award, giving Murdoch the clean sweep. The Moot Team Coach, Nicola Thomas-Evans, is also on the Law Library Help Desk Team.
Well done to all involved and congratulations from the Library!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Murdoch research aims for UN sustainability goals

The Library is celebrating Open Access Week, the international event promoting Open Access of scholarly publishing, by featuring a snapshot of Murdoch research that aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) that call for global action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Open Access week highlights the benefits of Open Access publication to areas such as research visibility, global collaboration, and contribution to sustainable development and public health.

This collection represents all 17 UNSD Goals, demonstrating a clear reflection of the University’s core values - equity and social justice, sustainability, global responsibility and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Contact us if you would like your research added to these lists

Monday, October 16, 2017

Library Rovers

Next time you’re at Geoffrey Bolton Library, keep an eye out for our Library Rovers (hint: they’ll be wearing bright red polos). Ask them anything, from how to search for books and online resources to where the toilets are! They’ll be wondering through the Library from 10am weekdays on all levels.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BONUS+ celebrating 10 years

This October marks the 10th anniversary of the BONUS+ resource sharing project, which has enabled university students and staff to request books from a network of 15 university libraries around Australia and New Zealand.

BONUS+ gives you to access over 7 millions books not held at our Library; so if you can’t find it here at Murdoch, there’s a good chance its available via BONUS+.

Requesting is easy and quick, see BONUS+ for more information.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Library entrance and foyer closed

Due to an event being held on Tuesday 26th September, access to the Library entrance and foyer will unavailable from 7pm to 9pm. During this time, please use the 24/7 Learning Common entrance on Level 2 to enter and exit the Library. Staff will be on hand to help with your enquiries.

Remember, if you want to do quiet or silent study, use study areas in the South Wing on Levels 1, 2 and 4.

Thank you for you understanding.

Dojocon 2017

Australia’s first DojoCon (convention for the CoderDojo community) will be held on Monday 25th September at Murdoch University. The theme is: ‘DIY’ (Do It Yourself); a celebration of makers, doers, hackers, tinkerers and creators.

Stalls and events will be held in the Library foyer from 10am-2pm; there may be extra noise and activity in the area during this time. Additionally, access to computer labs 2.006 and 2.010 will be affected. Alternative computer labs can be found in Level 1, South Wing or see our computer availability:

Thank you for you understanding.

New bookable study rooms

Our study rooms have proved so popular we have found some more rooms for you to book.

2 new rooms are available in the Geoffrey Bolton Library:  

  • Room 1.014, located on level 1 in the South Wing
  • Room 2.012A, located on level 2 in the Library Link 

You can book a room for up to two hours a day. Bookings can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. 

For more details, see Study rooms and carrels or go ahead and book a room now!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Therapy Pet Thursday - Come visit the Library foyer to give Sam & Heidi a cuddle!

To celebrate the Mbody Wellness Festival this Thursday on Bush Court, we will receive a special visit from our pet therapy Labradors , Sam and Heidi.

Come to the Library foyer at 12 noon on Thursday, September 14, to say hi and play with Sam and Heidi.

Collection maintenance works commencing in September

Murdoch University Library will shortly be commencing works to maintain our collection and improve the learning environment. While you may notice Library staff undertaking some of these works, this will not have an impact on our service offerings.

The Library recently completed a review of our print collection, working closely with academic staff to identify collection strengths and areas in need of development. As a result, a portion of our current collection has been identified for removal. The Library will commence the removal of these items in September, and will continue through the summer break.

The removal of these items will facilitate the growth of the collection in future to develop a stronger collection, and to enhance discovery, access and serendipitous opportunities.

The Library will continue to provide our full range of services, and we will endeavour to minimise disruption throughout this process. Consideration will be given to examinations and study breaks, to ensure that we maintain a conducive environment for learning and study.

We appreciate your understanding as we seek to further enrich the Library’s collection, and provide world-class services and environments to enhance teaching, learning and research experiences.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Therapy Pet Thursday - Come meet Elly!

Are you ready to Paws + De-stress with the Library Therapy Pet?

This Thursday the Library will be welcoming a new dog on the scene – Elly, a white kelpie!
Elly will be visiting the Library foyer this Thursday, Sept 7th at 12 noon until 1 pm.

Please take some time out of your day to come to say “hi” if you need some de-stressing or cheering up!

*Resolved* My Unit Readings unavailable

We are aware of a login issue with My Unit Readings at the moment. IT Services are actively working to resolve it.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.  

Monday, August 28, 2017

Network outage

Murdoch IT have scheduled maintenance to network services in the South Wing on Monday 28th August at 6pm for around 10 minutes. The outage will affect access to Internet, email, and WiFi.

If you're using computers in the South Wing during this time, they don’t need to be turned off. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Great Book Swap

Murdoch University Library is fundraising in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) by hosting a Great Book Swap event in its foyer from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, 6th September – which just happens to be Indigenous Literacy Day.

The ILF buys books and publishes local stories for children in remote Indigenous communities, helping raise their literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading.

The idea behind the swap is simple: you bring a favourite book to the Library, and swap it for someone else’s favourite – and you both make a gold coin donation. 

Alternatively, you can make a donation directly to our fundraising page on the ILF’s website:

For more information about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation go to

Monday, August 21, 2017

Noise disruption - Level 4

Due to audio-visual upgrades, there may be noise disruptions on Level 4, South Wing from Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25 August.

Alternate quiet study areas can be found on Levels 1 and 2 in the South Wing.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Can’t find a free computer? Head on down to Level 1

A new computer lab (Room 1.015) is now available on Level 1 of the Geoffrey Bolton Library.

Take the lift or stairs, and head through the South Wing to get there (its just past the Curriculum Resource Centre).

There is also a silent computer lab (Room 1.009) just opposite the lifts.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

ProQuest: Scheduled maintenance

ProQuest will perform scheduled maintenance to their platforms, affecting access on Saturday August 12th from 3am to 6am. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Monday, August 7, 2017

*Resolved* Login issues with online Library resources

UPDATE (11:40am WST)
IT Services have now resolved this issue. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

We are aware of an off campus login issue with our Library resources at the moment. IT Services are aware of this and are actively working to resolve it.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Want to know more about the Library? Take a tour!

If your new to the Perth Campus or just want a refresher on our services and space, take a 15 minute Library tour. Its also a good chance to have a chat with Library staff and find the best study spots. Sign up now!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Need a place to study in a group? Room bookings now available!

You can now book rooms on Level 4 of the Geoffrey Bolton Library for group study. Rooms can be booked for 2 hours per student per day.

For more details, see Study rooms and carrels or go ahead a book a room now!

Friday, July 28, 2017

We're open for Open Day!

Join us in the Library from 9am-3pm on Murdoch Open Day, Sunday 30th July.
There will lot to discover on campus and in the Library, full details here:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free Science Fiction Talk

Grant Stone will give a talk on “Science Fiction – Outer Space or Inner Space: A Western Australian perspective”, exploring how Western Australian authors and artists have shaped the global Science Fiction scene.

Grant is a Librarian and science fiction fan, and a recipient of the Chandler Award for Australian Science Fiction. His talk will include a display of items from Murdoch Library’s Science Fiction Collection.

Sunday July 30th at 12.30pm
Geoffrey Bolton Library

Sunday July 30th is Murdoch Open Day! The Library will be hosting lots of fun activities and events, find out more here.

Murdoch Open Day at the Library!

Get to know the Library at Murdoch Open Day! We’ve got lots on including:
  • Library Therapy Dogs: Meet Rusty, Muppet, Sam and Heidi from 11am
  • Free Science Fiction talk at 12:30pm
  • Adopt a Tree: Plantings at 11am, 12pm and 1pm
  • Library Tours at 10am, 11:30am and 1:30pm.
You can also make-your-own bookmark, colouring activities and board games in the library foyer all day! Plus, if you're a Year 11 or 12 student, you can join the Library for free.

Come to Open Day and choose from hundreds of activities to find out more about study and life at Murdoch. Attend course talks, take tours, watch performances, meet students and staff, and soak up the campus atmosphere with free entertainment.

Discover the Murdoch Open Day Schedule

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ProQuest and Springer downtime

**Update: Access restored** We are currently experiencing issues with access to electronic resources from both ProQuest and Springer. We’ve reported the issue and are working with these providers to restore access. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Don’t get lost! Take a Library tour.

If you’re new to the University or just want to learn more about the Library and how we can assist your studies, sign up for a Library tour! We’ll point out best places for quiet and group study and you’ll learn about our help and support services.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10am: Book now
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1pm: Book now
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 1pm: Book now

Monday, July 10, 2017

Downtime to Library resources - Tuesday 11th July

Due to a scheduled upgrade to our systems, there will be downtime to Library resources on Tuesday 11th July from 6am-8am (WST).

Affected services include offcampus access to online resources, the Library Catalogue, My Library and borrowing (renewals, requests).

If you experience difficulties outside of these hours, report it to

Friday, July 7, 2017

New Promotional Screens in the Library

The Geoffrey Bolton Library now has three newly installed digital display screens- in the main entry foyer, in the 24/7 Learning Common and Café Kadjininy. We invite you to take advantage of these screens to promote your own activities, services and events to the many staff, students and community who pass through the library doors each day

For more info, visit Library Promotional Screens.

My Unit Readings - Possible disruption

My Unit Readings will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Monday 10th July between 15:30 - 16:00 (WST). During this time users who are logged in may find themselves logged out. You will be able to log in again immediately.

Thanks for your understanding.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Library entrance and foyer closed - Thursday 15 June

Due to the Murdoch University Staff Awards on Thursday 15 June, access to the Library entrance and foyer may be affected from 12 noon and will be closed from 6pm to 8:30pm. There may also be disruption and noise throughout this period.

During the closure, use the 24/7 Learning Common entrance on Level 2 to enter the Library. Staff will be on hand to help with your enquiries.

Remember, if you want to do quiet or silent study, use study areas in the South Wing on Levels 1, 2 and 4.

Thank you for you understanding.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Informit database downtime *Restored*

The Informit database is currently unavailable due to an unexpected server outage. We have reported the issue to the provider and await the restoration of services.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Update 13/06 9:32am : Access to Informit has now been restored.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Are you an offshore student? We can help.

The University Library is dedicated to supporting students regardless of their location.

As a Murdoch student in either Singapore or Dubai, you have access to nearly all of the Library’s online resources and services including requesting and study support. We also have dedicated staff in both locations who can help you in-person.

Take a look at our Offshore Students page for links to these resources and services:

As always, you can Ask a Librarian for study and research assistance.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Research Repository hits 3 million downloads

The University Library celebrated a significant milestone last month, reaching three million downloads from the Institutional Research Repository.

Research Repository Coordinator Joanne Richards said this was a great result. “The Repository started slowly with two items accessed in Sept 2009, but has now become a significant way for Murdoch’s research output to be disseminated amongst researchers and communities around the world,” Joanne said.

“We now hold 12,132 research papers in the Repository, and these freely available papers are helping to make Murdoch University’s valuable research more discoverable and accessible.

“Researchers who choose to input their papers into the repository enjoy improved citation rates, increased opportunities for collaboration and supervision, enhanced brand awareness of the University and improved community engagement.”

The United States currently tops the list for the most downloads from the Repository. However, less developed countries including Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Iran and Thailand all appear in the top 20.

Other countries from the Asia-Pacific region are also well represented, with China appearing third, Japan fifth, and India seventh on the list.

The Murdoch Library plays a major role in helping researchers share their work with the world through the Repository and encourages all Murdoch University staff and postgraduate students to submit their publications.

To contribute just go to

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thank you for your survey responses

The University Library would like to thank those who participated in the Library Client Survey 2017.

We received over 800 responses over the two week survey period and your answers and feedback will help us identify areas where we can perform better. The results of the survey will be available in the coming months from this page: Library Survey.

In the meantime, if you have any further feedback or comments about the Library, please let us know.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Tell us how we're doing to win prizes!

Murdoch University Library is running the Library Client Survey to get your feedback on how well you think the Library is performing. The survey takes 10 minutes to fill in and the results will help us improve your Library, as well as giving you the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a Go-Pro or University Bookshop voucher.

The survey is available online and runs until 11:59pm (AWST) on Sunday 14th May 2017. All responses are confidential and the anonymised final summary of the results will be made available.

Start the survey here: 

We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey, and look forward to hearing what you think!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Library foyer now reopened!

The new Library foyer is now open and you are invited to come and have a look.  You will find a variety of flexible spaces for research, study and social activities.  We have brought together Library, IT and Peer Academic Coaching services, with an emphasis on friendly, pro-active assistance and self-service options.

Come and enjoy the new space and let us know what you think.  Surveys are available in the foyer for your feedback.

ANZAC Day public holiday

We’ll be closed on Tuesday 25th April to observe the ANZAC Day public holiday. The 24/7 Learning Common at the Geoffrey Bolton Library will remain open; use your ID card to swipe in at the Level 2 entrance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Opening Hours

The University Library will be closed on Friday 14th April (Good Friday) and Monday 17th April (Easter Monday). Saturday and Sunday opening hours will remain the same.

See our public holiday opening hours for more information.

The 24/7 Learning Common at the Geoffrey Bolton Library will remain open throughout the entire Easter period. Use your University ID card to swipe for access via the entrance on Level 2.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

What is the High Demand collection?

The High Demand collection provides Murdoch students with books and other materials selected by lecturers as required or recommended readings for courses.  The Collection is conveniently located in North Wing level 3, near the Library’s main entrance.

You can only borrow High Demand items for a short time period to ensure they are available for everyone who needs them.

Please return High Demand items through the Returns chute on the outside wall of the Library building.  You may find that your unit readings are available online through My Unit Readings.

For more information, see High Demand collection and My Unit Readings help.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Westlaw AU database downtime

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Westlaw AU database will be unavailable on Saturday 8th April from 12pm-8pm WST.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Discover Scholarly Journals and Stay Current in Your Reading

We are pleased to announce that Murdoch University Library is the first of its kind in Western Australia to subscribe to the popular journal browsing service, BrowZine.

Browzine allows academics, researchers and students to browse, read and follow thousands of journal titles subscribed to by the Library.

With BrowZine you can:
  •  Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of content and download full text articles
  • Stay current by creating a personal bookshelf of titles to follow and receiving new article notifications
  • Save complete articles to read off-line later or to export to services such as EndNote and DropBox
  • Easily access journals on the web or on any device using the Browzine app, staying up to date wherever you are.
You can get started today by visiting BrowZine or downloading the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store.

Please contact your Subject Librarian for further information.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Library online resources, Library Catalogue, My Library and borrowing services unavailable

Due to a scheduled system upgrade, Library online resources, the Library Catalogue, My Library and borrowing services will be unavailable from Tuesday, 21st March at 11pm WST until Wednesday 22nd March at 8am WST.

Additionally, the self check machines will be unavailable on Tuesday from the following times:
  • Geoffrey Bolton Library from 10pm, 
  • Veterinary Library from 6pm.
You can still borrow items until 11pm, see Library staff on Level 2, NW of the Geoffrey Bolton Library or call 9360 2563.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this downtime.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Borrowing is now simpler and better

The University Library has expanded its borrowing so students can now borrow more for longer. Undergraduates and Graduate Diploma students can borrow twice as much for twice as long; 30 items for 12 weeks.

We’ve also increased borrowing limits for honours students and postgraduates, alumni, community and corporate members and reciprocal students.

Don’t forget, if the item you want is currently on loan to someone else, you can recall it and we’ll let you know when its available for you to pick up.

For more information, see our Borrowing page.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Research Repository unavailable

The Murdoch Research Repository is currently experiencing some downtime.

The problem has been referred to our service providers and we hope it will be back up shortly.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Library renamed in honour of Murdoch icon Geoffrey Bolton

In a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Murdoch University celebrated the naming of the Library after eminent historian and Murdoch icon, the late Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton.

The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC and Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen, dedicated the Geoffrey Bolton Library in front of invited guests including members of Professor Bolton’s family, his friends and colleagues.

“We decided dedicating our Library in Geoffrey’s honour would be a fitting and lasting memorial,” said Vice Chancellor Leinonen.

Professor Bolton was the Foundation Professor of History at Murdoch, as well as a former Senate member, Chancellor and academic. He was also regarded as one of Australia’s most eminent historians. He died in September 2015, at the age of 83.

An exhibition entitled ‘Geoffrey Bolton: The Legacy of an Eminent Historian and Iconic Murdoch Figure’, featuring artworks, pictures, awards and memorabilia relating to his life, will also be showcased in the Library foyer until March 17.

All visitors are welcome to view the exhibition during Library opening hours.

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