Over Uni? Try OverDrive

Remember what it was like to just read for enjoyment?  With this year’s study, assignments and exams in the rearview mirror for many of us – it’s time to get back into the art of reading for fun.

QUT’s OverDrive collection of fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks is ever expanding and ready for you to devour over the holidays.  The collection includes some of the most popular fiction titles and the classics, to the latest cook books and travel guides.

It’s easy and it’s free:

Download to your mobile device:

  1. Download the OverDrive app via Google Play or the App Store.
  2. Sign up for an OverDrive account or log in with your Facebook.
  3. Under Manage libraries select Queensland University of Technology and then sign in with your QUT username and password.

Download to your computer:


You can also use the OverDrive app to borrow from Brisbane City Council libraries if you are a member.

Don’t anyone panic!

QUT Library will still be open over the Summer Semester, however we will be closed between Christmas & New Year.

Each of your QUT library branches will provide a cool and calm place to work in air-conditioned comfort throughout the Summer semester.

Online chat will also continue for the Summer semester with QUT staff at the keyboard seven days a week.

Summer Semester Library opening hours are:

18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun closed
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun closed

18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm

18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-4pm
Sat & Sun closed
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd January –  7th January
Mon – Fri 8am-4pm
Sat & Sun closed
The Caboolture campus will transfer to the University of the Sunshine Coast from 8th January 2018

18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm


Happy holidays across the campus libraries

From all of the QUT Library staff across every campus, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and all the best for the New Year!

Can you guess which campus each of these wonderful displays is at?

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Just a reminder all QUT libraries will be closed from the 25th December to the 3rd of January. If you need to check opening hours please take a look at our website.

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.


Happy Australia Day!

Australia Day Sign by Feeeeeeee  (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“Australia Day Sign” by Feeeeeeee (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In contemporary Australia, 26 January is a day to grab your thongs, throw some sausages on the barbeque, turn up the radio, and celebrate everything about being Australian.

It is a time to reflect on our history and on our future and celebrate any way you see fit!

At QUT Library we have a wonderful range of resources to help get you into the Australia Day spirit.

My brilliant career / Miles Franklin; edited by Bruce K. Martin. Published in 1901, this is a coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in rural Australia.

Mullumbimby / Melissa Lucashenko. Born in Brisbane, Melissa Lucashenko writes a novel about cultural warfare and disputes over native title land in Northern New South Wales.

The slap / Christos Tsiolkas. A man slapping a child not his own at an Australian backyard barbeque tests the relationships of those who witnessed it.

The aboriginal tent embassy: sovereignty, black power, land rights and the state / edited by Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap and Edwina Howell. On Australia Day 1972, four Aboriginal men set up a tent embassy outside Parliament House in Canberra to bring political attention to Aboriginal rights.

Triple J’s hottest 100. Volume 21. A tradition for many on Australia Day – listen to the 100 best songs of 2013 as voted by the Australian public.

For those in the mood for a little culture, the Gardens Theatre will be hosting a play aptly named ‘Australia Day’ on 25 and 26 January. Check it out!

Let us know what you will be doing this Australia Day in the comments below and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AustraliaDay when using social media.

Summer Series Three – Computer Games


Who says Summer is all about sunshine, swimming and the frolicking in the great outdoors? Instead, spend your summer in the cool, dark indoors in front of a screen!

The QUT Library Computer Games collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library on Level 3. Browse the collection at call number range 794.8 or find specific titles using the Catalogue search. New titles include: Wolfenstein:The new order; The Lego movie and The walking dead.

And if you don’t have your own games console (and you forgot to ask Santa for one) then don’t despair, QUT Library invites you to come on over and hang out in the Library Games Lab.    

Yes, the QUT Library has a Games Lab that is free for you to come and enjoy. Located on Level 4 of the Kelvin Grove Library, it houses a Wii; Xbox One, Xbox 360, plus Kinect PS3, plus Move. Borrow games from the collection and play onsite.

Can’t keep a good tree down

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Photo Courtesy of QUT Library

A casualty from the other week’s superstorm was the Kelvin Grove Library annual ‘Book Christmas Tree’ – this year lovingly decorated in ornaments handmade by staff from out-of-date maps. Alas, water and books don’t mix well and the soggy remnants of what was left post storm have had to be discarded.

But, like a phoenix arising from the ashes, the idea for a new Christmas tree has been coming together and is now complete.

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Kelvin Grove Library Helpdesk – and as a bonus, its dry.


Summer Series Two – Summer reading

'2012-205 Reading' by Denise Krebs (CC BY 2.0)

‘2012-205 Reading’ by Denise Krebs (CC BY 2.0)

The QUT Library is ready and willing to enable a Summer spent reading in the hammock or by the pool.

You may be unaware of QUT Library’s extensive holdings of recreational reading material — both fiction and non-fiction — that is yours to borrow. So come and stock up so you can simply move from one book to the next without leaving your comfy spot. Whether it be literary classics, latest award winners or easy reads then the QUT Library has something to suit everyone.

Here are some classic summer-themed books to get you started:

To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee. A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape —  from Worldcat. Deceptively simple, this is one of my all time favourite books that I re-read every year!

The great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald which follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchana. — from Wikipedia.

Let the great world spin / Colum McCann. Award-winner Let the Great World Spin is a novel laced together by several different narratives, spanning from a waspy Park Avenue wife of a judge to a hooker to an Irish immigrant. The common thread? All characters are centered in New York City, summer blazing, while the Vietnam War rages on abroad. Despite the chaos abroad and on US soil, the city comes to a standstill when onlookers spot a man begin to walk on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers. — from flavourwire

Atonement / Ian McEwan. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony’s vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family’s housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony’s headstrong older sister Cecilia. He hopes that Cecilia has comparable feelings. All it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony — who has a crush on Robbie — is compelled to interfere. She goes so far as to accuse Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but, ultimately, he is arrested. Briony bears false witness and the course of three lives is changed forever. — from Wikipedia

Come and browse the shelves or search for particular titles using the Library catalogue.

And if an eBook reader is on your Christmas list, then you’ll be pleased to know that many titles are available for loan as eBooks, or audiobooks,  downloadable from the Library website. So you don’t even have to interrupt your lolling to restock your reading material!

Let us know your favourite summer-themed book or a book you re-read every year!

Summer Series One – Movies & TV

Movies on the beach anyone? 'Sunbathing?' by  david reid (CC BY 2.0)

Movies on the beach anyone?
‘Sunbathing?’ by david reid (CC BY 2.0)

Welcome to the first post in our Summer Series highlighting the fun and frivolous offerings of the QUT Library for you to utilise this summer!

Summer and catching up on movies you’ve missed throughout the year or finally getting around to seeing some classics from your ‘one day’ list go hand-in-hand. So come on in (in person or online) and check out the QUT Library’s extensive movie collection.

Browse the movie collection in person at Kelvin Grove Level  4 at call number range 791.43 or search for a particular film you’re after in the Catalogue or in Quickfind.

New titles of 2014 releases include The secret life of Walter Mitty; The Railway man; and Kill your darlings. As well as the DVDs, many titles are streamed online  so you don’t even have to leave home! These streaming films are available to all staff and students.

If you’re not sure where to start or what to watch – how about a summer themed classic such as GreaseJaws; Endless Summer; or Dirty Dancing?

In addition to feature films, the QUT Library also has TV series for loan. TV Marathon here you come! Recent award winning series such as Game of Thrones; True Detective and House of Cards can be found alongside classics such as the The Sopranos and Buffy on the shelves of Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library.  As well as shows for the grown-ups, the Library also has Children’s Television Programs for loan as well.

And remember, if you can’t get to Kelvin Grove campus where most of these are located, you can place a Hold and get items sent to your home campus at Caboolture or Gardens Point to pick up there!

Let us know your favourite Summer-themed movie in the comments below!

Summer Library lovin’

'Dead Sea, man reading' by  Arian Zwegers (CC BY 2.0)

‘Dead Sea, man reading’ by Arian Zwegers (CC BY 2.0)

End of Semester has officially arrived – huzzah! Of course  Summer Semester has begun so whether you’re studying through the coming months, or have easy days stretching before you, the QUT Library is here for you.

  •  Throughout Summer Semester (17 November to 20 February) the staff on the QUT Library Helpdesks will be available to help you with all your researching and study inquiries – check each Branch for specific dates and Summer Semester times.
  • Staff and HDR Students, your Liaison Librarians can also be contacted for assistance over the Summer months.

Now apart for the obvious selling point of coming  into the Library over Summer – hello air-con – we also have lots to offer in the way of downtime and relaxation as well as our usual student study and research support. Perhaps you have been so focused on your coursework this Semester/year that the existence of these fun and frivolous library offerings may surprise you?! Over the coming weeks we’ll be blogging a ‘Summer series’ about these,perhaps unexpected, offerings of the QUT Library for you to enjoy so stay tuned!