Summer Reading

You’ve finished all the course readings for your studies for the year or you’re winding up those work projects and now, it’s time for you to do some recreational reading and have a little ‘me time’.

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QUT Library has fiction and non-fiction books for all ages for your recreational reading needs. Discover a new author or genre that you’ve never read before. This summer could be a great opportunity to venture into your first graphic novel or a new Christmas themed children’s book from our wonderful curriculum collection at Kelvin Grove.

We have ebooks and audiobooks too, so if you’re on a summer break, it’s not too late get some holiday reading fun. Use the ebook databases to browse our collections today (details can be found here).


Tired of textbooks? Try these titles…

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With the mid-year break here, why not put down your textbooks and enjoy reading a good book or two?

QUT Library has a wide variety of books to choose from, no matter what you’re studying (whether it’s social work, creative writing or finance), you’ll find books to suit your interests and inspire you. Here are some suggestions to get you started…

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine (2017) by Gail Honeyman
Available in print from Kelvin Grove Library.
Soon to be made into a movie by Reese Witherspoon. This best-selling debut novel is a funny and uplifting story of Eleanor’s journey, from isolation and a damaged past. Beautifully written and hard to put down.

My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry (2015) by Fredrik Backman
Available in print from Kelvin Grove Library.
When her grandmother passes away, seven year old Elsa goes on an adventure delivering letters to people her grandmother wants to apologise to, while learning the truth about her grandmother’s fairytales. This book comes from the author of A man called Ove.

The barefoot investor: The only money guide you’ll ever need (2017) by Scott Pape
Available from the library as an ebook.
An easy-to-read book on personal money management. This guide offers simple and helpful advice on banking, insurance, super, reducing debts, growing wealth, home buying and retirement, from an Australian perspective.

You can find out about downloading and using ebooks and search for more books and ebooks on the QUT Library website. If you’d like to visit the library during the holidays, please see our current opening hours.

From everyone at the library, we hope you have a safe and relaxing mid-year break!

Coming up next ... film suggestions for the winter holidays!

Reading for the holidays

Did you know now that semester is over you can actually read for fun?

QUT Library subscribes to some fantastic online resources which you can read on your mobile device when you take a break from uni. Whether you are jetting-off on an overseas adventure or relaxing by the pool, our ebook and audiobook choices will put you right into holiday mode.

Overdrive and BorrowBox are two options where you can read or listen to books online. You can download books to either your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer.


Goodbye Mad Men

10eHave you ever loved a television program so much that you cried when it ended? There were more than a few sad faces in the library when the season finale of Mad Men rolled around. We even had a tribute magnetic scrabble game on our staff message-board.

Mad Men ran for 7 seasons and reintroduced the modern world to the fashion, politics, and home-life of 1960’s America. We saw a glimpse of what life was like for the ad-men (and women!) of New York in a sometimes romanticised and sometimes no-holds-barred kind of way. The series grew to be a cultural phenomenon not only for the nostalgic value but for the social commentaries on gender, race equality, and of course, advertising.

Do you want to live in the world of 1960’s Madison Avenue for a little longer? Why not check out some of the awesome titles we have in our collection.


Mad men unbuttoned : a romp through 1960s America / Natasha Vargas-Cooper.
Mad men and philosophy : nothing is as it seems / edited by Rod Carveth and James B. South.
Mid-century ads : advertising from the Mad Men era / edited by Jim Heimann ; introduction by Steven Heller.


Mad Men and Politics [electronic resource] : Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America / Lilly J. Goren.
Mad Men, Mad World [electronic resource] : Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s. / Lauren M.E. Goodlad.
Analyzing Mad Men [electronic resource] : Critical Essays on the Television Series. / Scott F. Stoddart.


Nineteen Sixties Drama

Just Youtube it

 Thanks Youtube          "Bieber_Scene2" by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Thanks Youtube
“Bieber_Scene2” by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Since its launch in 2005, Youtube has bought us hundreds of viral sensations, launched Justin Bieber and is now the go-to place when you need to know how to fix it, use it, review it or understand how ‘it’ works.

Nestled amongst video gems such as cat in a shark costume riding a roomba is the QUT Library’s Youtube channel – full of instructional videos and how-tos. From the very basic library survival skills such as How to find a book on the shelf and Meet Studywell to our newest video on Social Media Data Collection, the QUT Library is full of videos relating to study at university so check it out, subscribe and add us to your playlist.

We acknowledged that we’re not (yet?) viral but we’re definitely helpful!

Seen the movie? Now read the book

'books & projector' by  Sami Keinänen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

‘books & projector’ by Sami Keinänen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2014 was a big year for turning books into movies and as the year draws to a close, we thought we’d highlight some of them so you can knowingly nod and ask: ‘Ah, but did you read the book?’ and gain some pop-culture/literary cred as you catch up with friends and family over Christmas and New Year.

Gone girl: a novel / Gillian Flynn. On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

The fault in our stars / John Green. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games is a trilogy comprising also of  Book One: The Hunger Games (available in print, audiobook and eBook and DVD; Book Two Catching Fire (available to borrow in print, audiobook and the movie on DVD); and Book Three Mockingjay (available to borrow in print and audiobook); and has been made into four movies. The third movie, Mockingjay Part One was released November 22 2014 with the final chapter coming in 2015.

Winter’s tale / Mark Helprin. One winter night, Peter Lake — master mechanic and second-story man — attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, then borrow it on DVD from the Library as well.

Divergent / Veronica Roth. Also available as eBook and audio book, Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago, where sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life. It’s a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

The giver / Lois Lowry. With yet another tale of a dystopian future, there was a definite them in young adult fiction and film this year. In The Giver, the future is a rigidly structured society where weaklings, dissenters and the aged are removed, and stirrings of individuality are nullified with drugs, children undergo special ceremonies annually until, after 11 years, they face the Ceremony of Twelve, when the Community of Elders assigns them the tasks that will take them through their adult life. But when Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory, he discovers that the honor of selection is nothing compared to the loneliness and physical pain he must endure as he searches for a way to free his community from the spiritless life it has developed for its members.

This is where I leave you / Jonathan Tropper. Poor Judd Foxman returns home early to find his wife in bed with his boss–in the act. He now faces the twin threats of both divorce and unemployment. His misery is compounded further with the sudden death of his father. He is then asked to come and ‘sit Shiva’ for his newly deceased parent with his angry, screwed-up and somewhat estranged brothers and sisters in his childhood home. It is there he must confront who he really is and — more importantly — who he can become.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day / Judith Viorst; illustrated by Ray Cruz. First published in the 1970s, this classic children’s tale was turned into a movie this year starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell. On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.





What’s a sanction and how do I deal with it?

"no access" by  Bob the Lomond (CC BY-NC 2.0)

“no access” by Bob the Lomond (CC BY-NC 2.0)

You thought everything for the semester was done and dusted – but wait, what is that you see in your email inbox? A sanction! In all the rush to meet deadlines you may have forgotten to return some items to the library. We’d like to make sure everything is available and ready for interested users.

So, what is a sanction?

  • When a library item becomes 28 days overdue, an academic sanction will be applied to your student record.
  • Sanctions prevent you from receiving examination results, graduating and obtaining academic transcripts.

What should I do?

  • To remove the sanction, you need to either return the item or pay a replacement cost.
  • Replacement costs can be paid online by credit card via QUTPay, or in person at any QUT Branch Library, excluding the Law Library.

QUT Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to resources and we ask that you return or renew your items by their due date. You can renew them yourself by logging on to your My Library Profile on the QUT Library website.

Full details about overdues, penalties and sanctions are available via the QUT Library website.


Library opening hours and online support over the break

QUT Library opening hours are about to change for the upcoming holidays.

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1907 Panic by Soerfm

Library hours will be reduced, and some days your library may even be closed. Please check your library opening hours before heading in.

No need to panic though — you can access awesome online study support, and return your borrowed items to any QUT Library return shute 24 hours a day.

If you are already at the beach you can still access the ask a librarian chat service during the usual hours until April 20th. We’ll have a short break and be back on Saturday, April 26th.

Enjoy your break!

Overdues, fees and sanctions

If you have library items which are more than 28 days overdue an academic sanction will be applied to your student record. This will prevent you from receiving examination results, graduating and obtaining academic transcripts.

To have the sanction removed, you must return the items or pay the replacement costs in full. Failure to do so may lead to you receiving a QUT invoice for the items and possible debt recovery action.

Check your My Library Profile on the QUT Library website.

HOW TO PAY: Replacement Costs can be paid online at any time by credit card via QUTPay, or in person. Enquire at any QUT branch library.

QUT Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to resources and we ask you to return or renew your library items by their due date.

Full details are available at

If you have any questions, please speak to library staff at your branch library or online via Ask-a-Librarian.

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.

Placing a hold or intercampus request

As a Caboolture based student or staff member your access to print resources is not limited to the items held in the library here in B Block.

By placing an intercampus or Library Store request you can easily access many of the resources held in the Kelvin Grove, Gardens Point and Law libraries as well as from the Library Store … that’s almost half a million items. You can also request journal articles, just complete an Intercampus copy request form.To request a book or DVD from another branch simply follow the Placing a hold instructions, or ask at the Learning and Research Desk if you are not sure.

Textbooks are in high demand and often on loan, but remember that you can also place a hold on books or DVD’s that are already on loan. It is worthwhile.….a hold request will shorten the loan time for the person who has the book on loan and disallows any renewal request for the book. Also, a “Recall” email is generated to inform the person that there is an earlier due date for the book or DVD. An added incentive to ensure  the shared access to books and DVD’s that are in demand, is that they will incur 40 penalty points per day if the book or DVD becomes overdue after being recalled.

The prescribed texts for the Caboolture Campus based units are available from the Course Reserve collection for a 2 hour loan in the Library….ask for these at the Learning and Research Desk.

Requested books are couriered to the Caboolture Library for pick-up and you will receive an email notifying you when your book/s are available. Any requested journal articles will actually be emailed directly to you! Both processes usually take about a day or two. Most books and DVD’s that have been “available” when requested will arrive the next business day.

Staff at the Learning and Research Desk can assist with any or all stages of your resource hunting quests… Ask a Librarian!