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Australia Day Public Holiday Opening Hours

The Mabo Library at Bebegu Yumba (Townsville) campus will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Tuesday 26th January, 2021. The Townsville 24 hour Information Commons will remain accessible 24/7. The Nguma-bada (Cairns) campus library building will be open unstaffed from 7:30am - 10:00pm. Access to both the Learning Commons and the Cairns campus library will be by swipe card only. The libraries will reopen on Wednesday 27th January at 8:00am in Townsville and at 7:30am in Cairns. See the full library opening hours online .
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Welcome to the new One Search!

The new One Search is live! Our new One Search interface has gone live! One Search is a way of searching all the library's resources - books and ebooks, journals and journal articles, multimedia and more. You can find the One Search search box on the home page of the library website. You can jump right in and start searching or consult our One Search Guide for tips on basic, advanced, browse and journal searching, and saving results. The new version of One Search has the following features: Multiple methods for searching - Simple Search, Advance Search, Journal Search and Browse Search. Save your searches to revisit later! Virtually browse books and journals to either "side" of your results. There is one record for each title. Click on a title in the search results to see all available copies and locations in both print and digital formats Filter your results by campus location and/or collection Save items permanently in a favourites folder, and use labels to group you

Find your Textbooks

Do you need to find which textbooks you require for your subjects? The best place to look for your required textbook/s is in your subject outline , located in LearnJCU . The  Booktopia website lists textbooks for some subjects.  Click on the Uni Textbooks button at the top of the Booktopia home page, select JCU from the Institute list, the relevant Semester and your course name from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can search by course (subject) code Your  Reading List may also specify the prescribed textbook/s for your subject. JCU libraries in Cairns and Townsville have copies of all required textbooks, however these are likely to be 3 day loans as they will be in high demand. Textbooks can be purchased from any physical or online store.

Changes to Library Systems

It’s nearly time for the new library platform to be unveiled! The new ‘One Search’ will spring into action on Monday, 18 January. A few changes will be in place from Wednesday 13 January until Monday 18th as we complete the transition: Loans and renewals will be done via the InfoHelp desk only Self check-out machines and 'My Library Account' will be disabled after 10:00pm Wednesday No item requests can be made after 5:00pm Wednesday   Library fines cannot be processed after 5:00pm Wednesday You will still be able to search for and access online library resources via the One Search box on the library homepage. If you have trouble accessing resources after we ‘go live’ on Monday, please contact the library for assistance. You can read about the system's new features here . Thank you for your patience as we transition to our new and improved platform.

Free Access to Digital Newspapers

To help you stay in touch with news in your community and beyond, JCU offers its staff and students unlimited digital access to The Townsville Bulletin, Cairns Post, The Courier Mail, The Australian, and many other News Corp newspapers. Free access to these newspapers is via a campus subscription offer. You must be on the JCU network (using Eduroam or a JCU computer) to activate your subscription.  Once registered, you can access content anywhere, anytime. This complimentary digital campus subscription gives you unrestricted access to: The Townsville Bulletin (QLD) The Cairns Post (QLD) The Australian and The Weekend Australian (National) The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail (QLD) The Gold Coast Bulletin (QLD) The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph (NSW) The Advertiser and Sunday Mail (SA) The Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun (VIC) The Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (TAS) NT News and Sunday Territorian (NT) The Geelong Advertiser (VIC) plus editorial newsletters for updates throughout

January 2021, Opening Hours and System Changes

Welcome back! Opening Hours In January 2021 (until the start of Semester One, on February 15), we'll be working on Summer Hours. This means our services are only operating on weekdays, between 8am and 5pm. We are closed nights and weekends, and after hours you can only access those parts of the library buildings that are available via swipe card. Make sure you bring it with you. Keep an eye on our Opening Hours pages for more details. Changes to Library Systems During January, we are moving over to our new Library Services Platform. This means you may experience some changes in the way we do things. The biggest change you'll probably notice is the way we communicate with you - we no longer have SMS messages, and our emails will have a new format. All of our physical items will automatically renew unless someone has placed a hold on them. If someone requests the item, you will receive a notice telling you it must be returned by the current due date. Our loan periods have change

Christmas and the JCU Library

Happy Hannuka, Happy Midsummer (or Midwinter if you're on the other side of the globe), Happy Dōngzhì, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year... Basically, there are a lot of things being celebrated at this time of the year, and we hope you get a chance to celebrate some of them. Here are some things you need to know about the Library during the Christmas/New Year period: Closure We will be closing at 12.00pm (midday) on Thursday the 24th of December (Christmas Eve) and opening again on Monday the 4th of January at 8.00am. During this time, the computer labs on the campuses (including the Library spaces, such as the Information Commons) will be unavailable for use as they will be closed for maintenance. Summer Opening Hours When we return in January, we will be back to Summer Opening Hours (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday - closed weekends). Check the Opening Hours page for your campus library to see what after-hours access is available for the study spaces. Borrowing and returning You can borrow

Fabulous exhibition now open! Visit "50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 Years of JCU" at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.

Spread the word!   JCU Library's long awaited 50 Treasures exhibition has now opened at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville.    Check the Gallery's opening hours here before you visit, as COVID restrictions may continue to ease and opening hours expand.  And remember there is no need to book, just turn up during opening hours.  All of the 50 Treasures are present in NQHeritage@JCU - our online repository for our Special Collections.  See the 50 Treasures online exhibition page .  We have created digital versions making it possible for  you to explore them further, in depth, from wherever you may be. See our short videos about the treasures on our youtube channel . Thinking about what to get friends and family for Christmas?  Check out the beautiful print version of the 50 Treasures exhibition catalogue, available from the Gallery for only $20.  Take a look over the digital version .  With 40 different authors involved - telling us the story of why this set of dive

Planned maintenance for ResearchOnline@JCU

ResearchOnline@JCU is scheduled for planned maintenance and will be offline from 19 November 5:00 pm (AEST). This service disruption is expected to be resolved by 21 November at 5:00 pm (AEST). Please contact for any queries.

See the 50 Treasures from our Special Collections

Ron Kenny,  The Bay , 196 8, watercolour on paper, 54 x 43cm. James Cook University Art Collection. © Anne Kenny, 2020. Photograph: Michael Marzik. Throughout 2020 we have been showcasing 50 Treasures from our Special Collections to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Cook University. It has been quite an adventure, and we hope you've had a chance to follow along with us on our posts on this blog . We have had many members of the wider JCU community contributing to these posts - including highly respected experts in their fields - and we are extremely grateful for the work they have put into telling us just why these treasures are significant. But you can explore the 50 Treasures in more depth! Seeing the Treasures in Person If you can find your way to the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville, the exhibition of our 50 Treasures project,  50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 Years of James Cook University , will be on display on the top floor of the gallery until 10 January 2021

Summer Opening Hours

The JCU Library changes to Summer Opening Hours on Friday 20th November, 2020. During this time, library services will be provided on weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm. There will be no services on the weekends. The Cairns library building will be open for shorter hours, and the after-hours spaces in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville will be restricted to the Information Commons . Until Week 1 of Semester 1, 2021 begins, our opening hours will be as follows: Cairns Campus Library :  Services Monday-Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm Weekends - Closed Building   Monday-Friday – 7:30am-10:00pm Weekends – 7:30am-10:00pm Eddie Koiki Mabo Library :  Services and Building Monday-Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm Weekends – Closed  The library will be completely closed from 12:00pm (midday) on Christmas Eve until 8:00am on Monday, 4th January. Our FAQs and online resources are available after hours. You are also welcome to contact us by email and we will respond during our opening hours.