Monday, February 01, 2016

Are you ready for Exams?

For those of you enrolled in Session 3 subjects: HoorayYou’re almost there!  But, for many of you, before you can cross the finish line there is a final hurdle to leap… Exams.

Not all subjects have exams, but for those that do, the exam period for Session 3 runs from 8-12 February.   Are you feeling prepared?

Head on over to CSU’s Exams page for all the information on where to go, when to go there,
what to bring (and what not to bring!) and what to do if something goes wrong.

How about checking out some past exams to get you in the mood?  CSU’s exam search is where you'll find copies of any past exams that have been made available by your lecturer (unfortunately not ALL papers will be here).

CSU’s Learning Support team provides free support services 7 days a week for all CSU students – and the good news for Distance Ed students is that you don’t have to meet on campus. You can get help from an ALLaN advisor by email or over the phone - whatever works for you.

CSU Library has loads of really great books to help you get organised and beat exam stress.  Here are just a few that are in our collection:

And if an eBook is more your style, you can download these today:
If the stress is getting you down, please know that all CSU students can access free counselling provided by experienced Psychologists and Social Workers. You can make an appointment to meet in person or you can get support by phone, Web-cam or email.

Take care of yourselves and good luck!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Getting ready for Chinese New Year - what to do with old books?

Chinese New Year is right around the corner.  Marking the first day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, this year we will welcome Chinese New Year on 8 February.

Did you know one of the best ways to get ready for the New Year is by clearing and cleaning your home? This is a Chinese New Year custom designed to rid your home of any bad luck that may have accumulated in the previous year – and to get you ready for all the good fortune that will flow through during New Year celebrations!

In between wiping out the kitchen cupboards, mowing the lawn and polishing the windows you might be wondering what to do with any old books.  Here at CSU Library we know that, for book lovers, getting rid of books is tough! However, the pain of parting with old books can be softened by knowing they are going off to a new home and a new reader.

In the spirit of clearing away the old to get ready for the new, here are some ideas for what to do with your old books.


There are many charities that will take good quality second hand books off your hands. The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation and Australian Books for Children of Africa will accept donations of suitable children’s books to pass on to new readers. Lifeline raises money for its services through annual book fairs. And of course your local Op Shop will take your old books.


Second hand text books can be sold in the CSUSocial Marketplace or Student VIP Textbook Exchange.

Any valuable or rare books that you are willing to part with may earn you some cash from bookstores such as Berkelouw.

Release into the wild:

You may feel like sending a beloved book on an exciting journey using Book Crossing - but be warned: you may find you catch just as many books this way!


Finally, if you are feeling creative, try your hand at up-cycling your old books into art.  In Wagga last year CSU staff and students used old books to create stunning art for their Recycled Reading Exhibition.

Happy cleaning!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy Australia Day!

We're closed today so that your CSU Library staff can man their barbies!

If you're stuck, you can still reach us via Online Chat, or on 1800 808 369, from 1:30-5pm.

Also, while you're feeling particularly patriotic, pop on over to the CSU Library facebook page, and tell us your favourite Australian song of all time.

We'll be back to business as usual on Wednesday. For more details, see our Opening Hours page.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Welcome Residential School Students

Here at CSU Library we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our newest bunch of Residential School students. Residential Schools will be hosted at Bathurst and Wagga campuses from 27 January until late February 2016.

We can’t wait to meet you all!

One small word of warning... our spectacular new Library renovations are not quite finished, which means there are some disruptions to our spaces and collections. 

So when you come to visit us you may see signs like this:

.....and the front of Bathurst Library may look like this:

... and the inside of Wagga Library may look like this:

But rest assured, WE ARE OPEN, you can get to the books and our staff are ready to help!

If you are having any trouble at all finding your way around during our renovations, please do not hesitate to ask for help at the Ask Us! desk.
During your stay we can help you with:
  • using Primo to search our Library catalogue
  • finding your subject's Library Resource Guide
  • finding and borrowing books
  • finding information from a wide range of resources including journal databases and ebooks
  • showing you around the Library and
  • much more; all you have to do is Ask Us!
Bathurst and Wagga campus Libraries will have extended opening hours during Residential Schools so that you can visit us before or after your sessions.

You can also get to know your campus Library before you arrive by taking a virtual tour of the Library and Learning Commons at Bathurst or Wagga.

The Learning Commons zones are available 24/7 by swipe CSU card access and offer access to PCs, Macs, wireless Internet, personal lockers, parent's room, assistive technology facilities, a kitchenette and much more. Find out about what is available at the Learning Commons at Bathurst and Wagga.

Make sure you have applied for your CSU card so you can access your on-campus accommodation, the Learning Commons 24/7, the Print/Copy/Scan facilities and our Library collection during your stay.

Keep up to date with what's happening at CSU Library by following us on social media.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The new CSU Library website is here!

You told us that you wanted a website that is easier to navigate. So we’ve been working hard on doing just that! If you’ve been to our website, you will have noticed some big changes.

Tell us what you think!

Use our online comments and suggestions form to let us know what you think of the new Library website. And please tell us if you have find something unexpected such as a broken link or Oops! a 404 not found.

Need help with the new website?

Don’t forget to contact the Library if you need help.