Library Talkback: your suggestions & comments


This is the first in a regular series of posts called “Library Talkback” where we respond to your suggestions and comments.

Some recent suggestions we have received are:

“The DVD collection could use a big investment: more current releases and foreign films are needed. Many videos can be removed as many students do not use vhs players.”

The library responds:

In late 2010, the Central library undertook a project to replace its VHS collection where possible with DVDs. We realise though that the future of the DVD format is unclear and the Library is investigating the possibility of streaming online content. In the meantime though, please feel welcome to suggest DVD titles for purchase. The library will consider buying them for the collection if they support the teaching and research of the University.

“It would be nice if the library could maintain opening hours until 11pm Monday to Thursday, weeks 1-14 as many students need the time for study and computer use. Other Unis in Australia offer this service.”

The library responds:

For budgetary reasons we are unable to extend opening hours at this time. Please note that there is a 24 hour computer lab on the Central Plaza. Many library resources (e.g., ebooks, ejournals and databases) are available 24/7.

“Trying to prepare for assignments and exams, can’t even be prepared and book the Sturt Library study room downstairs 7 days in advance? This system is unfair for those of us trying to be prepared and organised!”

The library responds:

Thanks for your suggestion. Due to overwhelming support and feedback from staff and students, group study rooms within Sturt Library may now be booked up to two weeks in advance. Bookings may be made for up to two hours per day and must be used by at least two students (bookings require two student ID cards).

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