Keep yourself entertained over the holidays

23 Dec 2022

The holidays are here!

The ANU Library has put together a list of fantastic online resources to entertain and enrich you over the break.


Things to read

Get access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world.

Christmas stories
A collection of Christmas-themed tales by Charles Dickens, including novellas and short stories.

The Cambridge history of science fiction
A history of science fiction across national and genre boundaries.

Dictionary of World Biography
This monumental reference book examines the lives of individuals who left their mark on world history.

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
All 156 Grimm Brothers stories brought together in one beautiful, illustrated book.

The Oxford handbook of Christmas
This book explores Christmas around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Christmas, ideology and popular culture
How do we understand Christmas? What does it mean? This book is a lively introduction to the study of popular culture through one central case study. 


Things to watch

Theatre in Video
Stream plays, musicals, documentaries, and a range of resources on the performing arts.

Dance in Video
Stream dance productions, documentaries, and performances by the most influential dancers, companies and choreographers of the 20th century.

Streaming videos
A list of all the streaming videos we have available.

Drama Online
Watch filmed live performances, film adaptations, audio plays, and more.

The nutcracker: a Christmas story
Tschaikovsky's famous ballet in an amazing production danced by the Bonn Ballet.


Things to do

Big Book of Holidays and Cultural Celebrations
This book has fun and engaging hands-on activities for kids to learn about holidays and celebrations.

The maker's guide to the zombie apocalypse
A collection of DIY hardware projects to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Craft lab for kids
52 accessible projects to inspire, excite, and enable kids to create useful, beautiful handmade goods.

Gardening with young children
This book guides teachers—with or without green thumbs—through the rich learning opportunities found in gardening with children.


Things to look at

Tooth and Company hotels
This exhibition showcases amazing photographs and records of hotels owned by Tooth and Company, a major beer-producer in New South Wales for 150 years.

Vogue Archive
Browse every cover, page and advertisement of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892.

Art in Archives
View incredible artworks held by the ANU Archives, including advertising materials, posters, photographs, paintings, architectural drawings, sketches, and more.

The Grand Tour
A range of sources on the history of travel, including letters; diaries and journals; account books; printed guidebooks; published travel writing; paintings and sketches; architectural drawings and maps.

Things to listen to

Smithsonian Global Sound
A database of music recordings from around the world, including folk, blues, country, jazz, classical, Broadway, children’s recordings and more.

Classical music library
A database of classical music recordings for online streaming.