ScienceDirect unavailable – Saturday and Sunday, 25th & 26th August

The ScienceDirect database will be unavailable for approximately 19 hours between 11:30 am Saturday 25 August and 6:30 pm Sunday 26 August.

This scheduled outage coincides with the release of an number of new enhancements.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Easter egg hunt – with a difference

Easter Eggs

Easter is upon us and the hot cross buns are flying off the shelves.  If the thought of chocolate easter eggs leaves you cold, you may be interested in an easter egg hunt of a different kind – virtual easter eggs.

These are little messages or extra features hidden in computer programs, videos, games or even appliances.

Here are a few to get you started. Open Firefox and type any of the following in the address bar:


If about:kitchensink doesn’t work in your version of Firefox, type about:kitchensink into the Google search box and click on the first link. Turn that tap!!!

Here’s a cool little easter egg brought to you by Fisher & Paykel.


For more hidden treasures,  check out the Easter Egg archives.

AND REMEMBER, the library will be closed from Friday 6 April until Tuesday 10 April.

Happy Easter!!

Ask and ye shall receive…longer loan period for books

Flying Books

The library is always interested in hearing your feedback and where possible we try to accommodate your suggestions.

We often receive requests for longer loan periods and starting this week ( insert drum roll here ) the normal loan period will be three weeks from the day an item is issued.

Further information on borrowing & renewing books can be found on the library webpages.

Please continue to send in your suggestions and feedback!

21 years of New Zealand’s Internet

It’s hard to imagine life without the internet, but how did we get here?

Down to the Wire offers a fascinating insight into the beginnings of the New Zealand Internet. Featuring Video Interviews  and links to other resources, (as well as free music from Flying Nuns records) this site documents an engaging story of New Zealand internet from it humble beginnings in 1989.

For further reading have a look at Connecting the clouds: the Internet in New Zealand, a print copy is also available in the library.


We all experience stress at various stages of our lives. Sometimes stress is good and propels us to greater achievement.

Photograph: Mark Newport/In The Loop

At other times we desperately need some time-out. Indulging in a hobby is a great way to deal with stress. It allows you to explore your creative potential and also offers opportunities to meet and socialise people with similar interests.

Need some inspiraton or don’t know where to start?

The Craft & Quilt Fair at the the CBS Canterbury Arena (formerly, the Westpac Arena) will be offering  a range of workshops this coming weekend.

Christchurch is also home to a wide range of clubs and community organisations that can help you get started.

And finally: a small selection of library books that showcase inspiring, fun and whimsical approaches to tradtional past-times such as knitting and sewing.

Really wild tea cosiesLoani Prior

Shelf Location: TT825 PRI

49 sensational skirtsAlison Willoughby

Shelf Location: TT540 WIL

Mixed media jewellery : methods and techniquesJoanne Haywood

Shelf Location: NK7304HAY

Who is watching you?

This week is Privacy Awareness week and now is a good time as any to ensure that your personal information is kept safe and secure.

Test your awareness about the risks of  identity theft with this ID Theft Self-test tool.

Everyday lost items are handed in at the library information desk: USB sticks, passports, driver’s license,  polycards and mobile phones.

Where possible we try to locate the owner and return the items, however it is ultimately your responsibility to keep your stuff safe.

You might not be aware of it, but when you are browsing the web, websites collect information about you.

They may collect data about your browsing habits, but they can also collect personal information by asking you to complete surveys or forms. For more information in internet safety and the possible risks, refer to You, your privacy and technology.

Your personal information is your responsibility.

Where is your mo bro?

Movember is a moustache-growing charity event held during the month of November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer.

Originating in Australia, this annual event has been running in New Zealand since 2006. To date more than 50,000 people have participated and $4million has been raised.

Salvador Dali

If you are considering growing a moustache, One thousand beards: a cultural history of facial hair  provides excellent tips on planning, selecting and growing beards and moustaches.

Looking for some inpiration? There are a variety of styles to choose from and there are a number of moustached luminaries such as Salavador Dali, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Selleck and Frank Zappa, whose moustaches have become as famous as the person themselves.

To support this worthy cause, check out the Movember website.