Posts filed under ‘Library news’

New opening hours from May 2012

Dear all,

Please note that our opening hours (and days) will take effect from 1 May 2012.  We will open on:


Mondays: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Tuesdays: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Thursdays: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm


However, the Self-study room will still be open if you wish to watch a foreign film or practice on your vocabulary / listening / speaking skills throughout the weekdays (Mondays – Fridays: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm).

Both the AV Language Library & the Self-study room are closed on weekends & public holidays.

Happy studying, and enjoy the rest of this semester! 🙂


April 23, 2012 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Photo: AV Language Library

AV Library books

Browse our specialised collection of language materials at the AV Language Library!

Continue Reading April 23, 2012 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

Fun ways to learn a language

What are some of the fun ways to learn a language?  This blog post lists the top 5 fun ways:

Did you know that the AV Language Library has some fun ways to study a new language too? Here they are:

  1. Come in to watch a foreign language film (all with subtitles)! Choose from Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Mandarin & Japanese, Korean, Italian & Spanish, to Portuguese, Swedish, & Vietnamese, just to name a few.
  2. Use our fun & interactive EuroTalk software to practice your pronunciation.  Test your knowledge with quizzes and memory games, practice your dictation and comprehension, as well as speaking skills! Languages available: Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish & many more!
  3. With our Rosetta Stone software, you can hear, write and retain knowledge by matching words to images, complete sentences and phrases out loud, polish your pronunciation through emulation of native speakers, and speak confidently and develop your conversational abilities.
  4. Use the Language Player software to listen to and record your voice to a native speaker’s, slow down speech from a recording, and save your files onto your USB.  ** Note that the Language Player isn’t found anywhere else in the University except in the Self Study room, so come on in to practice your pronunciation!
  5. Learn the foreign language of your choice through links on the Language Blog – Grammar, Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Songs, Reading, & Listening.

So what are you waiting for? Come in and perfect your foreign language skills with the many materials in the AV Language Library! 🙂

March 29, 2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Welcome to a (language) library near you!

Hello to all our new (and existing) students at the University of Sydney!

If you’re taking up a foreign language this semester, you may or may not know that there is a language library specifically catered to help you with your studies.

The AV Language Library is located in the Brennan MacCallum Building (A18, Level 2) and comprises of the Library as well as the Self Study room.  Do note that this is a closed-access library; thus no resources can be borrowed out.

Opening Hours

AV Language Library –> Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays (8.00 am – 4.00 pm)

Self Study room –> Mondays – Fridays (8.00 am – 6.00 pm).

So what’s in it for me?

  • You can watch foreign films from any of the computers in the Self Study room;
  • You can watch live satellite TV in French, German, and Arabic;
  • You can study the language of your choice from a range of AV materials and books available;
  • You can use our fun & interactive CDs (e.g. Talk Now, World Talk, and Rosetta Stone) to learn a new language; and
  • You can listen, record, and practice your pronunciation using Language Player, a state-of-the-art software.

Spread the word around that there is a Library blog specifically aimed at students studying a foreign language whilst here at Sydney Uni.

For more info, please visit our webpage to download our Brochure, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, or simply pop by to say hi!   Let me know (via comments in this blog, or via my Facebook profile or even our Facebook Page) what you’d like to see more of in this blog or on our Facebook page.

Wishing all a good semester ahead, and have a fun time whilst studying at Sydney Uni! :)

March 5, 2012 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Scan this code for our Facebook page!

Like the AV Language Library’s Facebook page and be kept up-to-date with our new language resources (including foreign films & Satellite TV available for viewing from our computers), events, and more!

Follow the link to the Facebook page or scan the QR code above.


(To scan this code, download QR Reader to your mobile device and be delivered straight to our Facebook page).

February 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Library opening hours (November & December 2011)

A few students have been asking if the AV Language Library will be open during the Summer break.

The good news is that yes, we will be open from 8.00 am – 4.45 pm weekdays (closed on weekends & public holidays).

Here are some reasons to drop in:

  1. Watch a foreign language movie / documentary;
  2. Brush up on grammar, pronunciation, & listening skills with a fun, interactive-learning style CD (available in many languages e.g. the TalkNow or World Talk series, or Rosetta Stone, etc);
  3. Watch live streaming TV (news, current affairs, & movies) from French & German satellite channels (available from all computers in the Self-Study room)

For more information on the AV Language Library & how to use our resources, have a look at our brochure.

November 3, 2011 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Library opening hours (Mon 31 October – Friday 4 November, 2011)

Hi again, everyone!  

If you’d like to use this week to catch up on your foreign language studies, don’t forget that the AV Language Library & Self Study room will be open Monday – Friday, from 8am – 4.45pm.    We have interactive CDs which offer an innovative and fun learning method for you to start learning and revising the foreign language of your choice, plus many more resources.

Why not come by to watch a foreign movie?  A complete list can be found here*

* Note that this list is updated on a weekly basis.


If you’d like more information, please contact the Language Librarian.

Meanwhile, all the best in your upcoming exams! Study hard…

October 31, 2011 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Older Posts

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 107 other followers

Library Catalogue



wordpress visitor counter

Share this blog

Bookmark and Share

%d bloggers like this: