News from The Arthur Holt Library

There are many challenges facing a library in lockdown, but none are more pressing than the need to provide access to resources when your physical space is off limits. In response to this challenge, the team at The Arthur Holt Library recently underwent professional development with the State Library of New South Wales to better understand how we can leverage their resources to support the Trinity community.

There has quite literally never been a better time to join the State Library. It’s a simple process that involves filling out a form on their website and because they are currently unable to issue physical library cards, they will then email out a library card number that gives you access to their entire digital collection.

Get a library card: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/research-and-collections/get-library-card

For those boys studying for their IB Diploma or HSC, this includes access to a number of Academic Databases that will help them complete the research projects they have been assigned. These include Jstor and Gale, databases which they would ordinarily be able to access via the Trinity network, and others such as ProQuest, which give them access to thousands of specialist and scholarly journal articles.

ProQuest are also one of the State Library’s key providers of ebooks via their Ebook Central service. If (like us) you finished your holiday reading weeks ago, it might be worth browsing the collection for something suitable. Your library card will also give you access to NoveList, a collection of ebooks that includes teen fiction and books recommended for nine- to 12-year-olds.

There are even some games, clubs and videos that might help you keep your housebound high schoolers occupied. These include a Young Writers Club, a series of art tutorials and a weekly recipe taken from the collection.

“Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”

― Marc Brown

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