La Trobe University Library
La Trobe University Library provides access to extensive print and digital scholarly information resources, group and individual study spaces with access to technology, and tailored information services that contribute to the creation of new knowledge.
Operating as one library across all campuses with collections of more than 2 million books and other physical resources – with many more resources accessible online 24 hours per day – La Trobe students and researchers have access to the resources of a major academic library regardless of where they are studying.
The Library’s information specialists deliver face-to-face and online services including subject research guides, online chat and FAQs, classes and workshops, an assignment planner, online research skills modules, and an academic referencing tool with examples of how to correctly acknowledge your sources.
As campus libraries are often very busy places, opening hours at the larger campuses have recently been extended. La Trobe’s Melbourne (Bundoora) campus library is now open twenty-four hours on week days and until midnight Fridays during semester. After a $10 million redevelopment in 2011, this library now offers state-of-the-art collaborative learning spaces that reflect the study needs of today’s students.
In this video, La Trobe students explain how they use the Library:
How does the library help you with your studies?
Library Peer Learning Advisers
La Trobe understands that university study involves challenges, and that other successful and experienced students can sometimes be of real assistance.
Peer mentoring programs of this kind work well in universities across Australia and beyond. So the University Library and Student Learning have established the Peer Learning Adviser (PLA) Initiative. PLAs are available in each of La Trobe’s campus libraries throughout the year, and a range of students from each Faculty are involved. PLAs provide help with issues such as:
- assignment difficulties
- English language questions
- referencing queries
- finding journal articles
- exam preparation.
Research shows that programs like this benefit both the student asking for help and the Peer Learning Advisers themselves.