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5 ways to survive a “libraryless” Easter break


Getting anxious about your research or essay writing during the five days when the campus libraries are closed over Easter? Chill, you can plan ahead and get some serious work done. Seriously.

We know you like to be deep in study mode in the welcoming spaces of the library, amidst the scent of books, the relative quiet, the convenience of free internet access and the expertise of staff on hand.

See, the whole university is closed. That means all campus services and facilities are also closed, not just the libraries.

If you really want to work rather than take a break, here are 5 ways to survive the 5 days of Easter shutdown:

1. Request items and collect them well ahead of the break.

If you absolutely have to borrow some items, request them early via Search. Allow for a 2-3 day turnaround before you can collect the item. You will want to bring them home with you before the libraries close the day before Good Friday. Remember that you should retrieve items on shelf in your pick-up campus and location.

2. Go online!

While the campuses are closed, Monash’s IT systems remain fully operational on these closedown days so you will be able to access library resources online. Databases, electronic journals, online tutorials, library guides – they’re available anytime and anywhere you have internet access.

3. If you need a physical study space, try the public libraries on Easter Tuesday.

Easter Tuesday is a university holiday, unlike a number of the declared public holidays, including Labour Day, Queens Birthday and Cup Day. If you have nowhere else to study, the public libraries resume normal opening hours on Easter Tuesday so go for it.

4. Make sure you come for drop-ins during advertised times when the campus libraries reopen.

If you want to speak to a librarian or learning skills adviser about a topic or essay, be at the Research and Learning point on the Wednesday and Thursday of the semester break. Check the times.

5. Repeat above as applicable because the libraries are closed again on ANZAC Day.

Talk about a short week. This is as short as it gets though. Again, be prepared and plan ahead for yet another long weekend. Unfortunately, even the public libraries will be closed. If your family and friends are off somewhere and you prefer to stay behind to study, then take comfort in having the house all to yourself. It will be so quiet you will be able to hear yourself think. That is, if you unplug the music.

Enjoy the break. Don’t miss the libraries too much.

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