Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Streaming media - free TV, film and training content

From Attenborough to Gruen, from Lost in Translation to Children of Men - as an RMIT student or staff member you can access a huge range of streaming media content, for free.

Image of Lost in Translation film and Children of Men film.
Watch these films on Kanopy.
There's a massive range of content to support academic learning and also tonnes of leisure viewing for when you just want to kick back.

Watch current affairs programs, documentaries, drama series, and feature films in EduTV offers online training in business, software, technology and creative skills.

Kanopy streams feature films as well as videos in the arts, business, education, global studies and languages, health, media, sciences, social science and technical training.

Or searching in LibrarySearch will also give you access to streaming video content.

Our feature database 

Let's explore one of our favourite sources of streaming video - Kanopy. You viewed a record 16,500 items last year, that’s 5000 more views than the previous year. Why? Because Kanopy contains a vast amount of streaming videos from a wide variety of subject areas relevant to us at RMIT; as reflected in some of the most watched titles, including everything from: 
  • Anatomy to Algebra
  • Clothing Fibres to Chasing Asylum
  • Workplace Ethics to Working at Heights

There is something for everyone on this platform so it’s well worth taking a look to see what’s available in your area of study or interest.

Academics and teachers: Find out how you can embed videos, playlists and clips in your online courses.

You have access to a vast range of free e-resources, which you can access anywhere, anytime. Jump in and explore!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Extended opening hours

As we approach exam time RMIT University Library will be open longer, giving you more time to study as you prepare for exams.

- From 14 May Bundoora Library will open until 12 midnight Monday to Thursday. 

- From 19 May Swanston Library will open until 8pm on weekends. 

Friendly and professional study advice and assistance is available either online via Ask a Librarian and Learning Lab or in person at the Library or Study and Learning Centre drop in.

Find more details about Library opening hours

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Staff: last chance to submit your textbook requests

The deadline for textbook submissions for semester 2 has now passed. However, it's not too late - we are currently accepting late submissions, so please submit textbook details ASAP if you haven't already done so.

All the information you need to submit now is on the textbook adoptions page

Books on a shelf

Please note that the Co-op Bookshop has now closed, and alternative resourcing is currently being considered. We will provide further details on new arrangements when they are available. 

Your Liaison Librarian can assist you to identify suitable materials for your course, or email your questions to

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Library Quest competition winners!

We're very excited to announce the winners of the Library Quest competition for semester 1.


Joohyun An, an Interior Design student and Brendan Mains, a Bachelor of Environment and Society student.

Photo of Joohyun and Brendan

We hope you really enjoy spending your $500 prize vouchers.

The competition may be over, but you can still play Library Quest and refresh your skills and knowledge about how Assignment Planner, Easy Cite, subject guides and the Library can help you with your studies.

Monday, 16 April 2018

RMIT authors showcase - Associate Professor Suellen Murray

This month our author showcase features Associate Professor Suellen Murray and her book Finding Lost Childhoods: Supporting Care-Leavers to Access Personal Records.

Book cover for Finding Lost Childhoods

Associate Professor Murray is Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. She has researched and published extensively on two areas of social policy: domestic violence against women and the life histories of adult care- leavers. Her book Half a Citizen: Life on Welfare in Australia won the 2011 Australian Human Rights Commission Award for Non-fiction Literature.

Finding Lost Childhoods examines the significance of records for Australians who grew up in childhood institutions. This group includes Forgotten Australians, former child migrants and members of the Stolen Generations. Often they have little or no information about their families, why they were placed in care and how decisions were made about their lives. Answers can be found in the archives of government and non-government agencies, so many care-leavers come forward as adults seeking access to their personal records. Based on life history accounts, Finding Lost Childhoods shows how care-leavers use records to reconstruct the stories of their livesIt explores what people discover about themselves and their families through accessing their records and the impact of this new information.

Professor Murray argues that those working with records must understand their importance for the identity and well-being of people who grew up in care. This understanding should inform policies and practices to support and engage with care-leavers. The book takes a person-centred approach, arguing that the care-leaver and their need to better understand their life story must be placed in the centre of service provision for archives and other agencies involved in records release.

This book will be of interest to scholars and professionals in records management, social policy and social work. It is also intended as a resource for care-leavers themselves, to support them in accessing and making sense of their records.

Other publications by Associate Professor Murray concerned with care-leavers include Supporting Adult Care-leavers: International Good Practice (2015) and the co-authored After the Orphanage:Life Beyond the Children’s Home (2009). Both are available through the Library.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Still haven't found what you're looking for?

Check out the new Library Navigator app, it's the easiest way to find your way around any of the RMIT University Library sites.

You'll learn about: * Library services and collections
* finding a computer or a study room
and hopefully you'll never get lost in your favourite Library again!

Enable Bluetooth on your device for best accuracy when using the app.

Download the now from Play Store and App Store.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mid-semester break opening hours

Happy Easter!

Library opening hours will vary over the mid-semester break which includes Easter. Here's a site by site run down of when we're open.

Colourful Easter eggs hanging from a tree

Swanston, Bundoora and Carlton Library sites  
Thursday 29 March                                      8am - 6pm
Friday 30 March - Sunday 1 April                Closed
Monday 2 April -  
Tuesday 3 April               10am - 5pm

Brunswick Library
Thursday 29 March                                      8am - 5pm
Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April               Closed

Bundoora East Library
Thursday 29 March                                      10am - 4.30pm
Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April               Closed

You'll still be able to access e-books, e-journals and much more online 24/7 and find out how the Library can help you with your first assignments.