Update on rebuilding the JB Chifley Library collection - April 2021

An update from University Librarian Roxanne Missingham
14 April 2021

The work to rebuild the ANU Library collections that were destroyed by the 2018 flooding incident has been progressing well.

In the past three months efforts have continued to source replacement resources from publishers and second hand suppliers in Australia and overseas. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted international deliveries, disrupting supply chains and causing delays.

Despite all these challenges, we are very pleased to report that over 37,000 items lost in the flood have been replaced so far and are available through the catalogue.

Recent acquisition highlights

Some of the most significant works acquired in recent months include:


A large number of donors have generously contributed 3,354 replacement titles to the Library since the flooding incident. We are extremely grateful to the ongoing support from ANU staff and students, and the broader Canberra community. We continue to work with donors and the list of Chifley flood-affected titles remains online for consultation.

Level 3 collection respacing

Chifley Library collections on Level 3 are undergoing respacing to accommodate the newly acquired flood replacement resources. Books may not be where you expect. Please ask library staff at the Information Desk or call 612 59577 if you need any help finding what you need on the shelves.

Requesting flood replacement material

If you require any material that was lost in the flood and not yet replaced, please contact the Library Flood Replacement Coordinator via email at luciana.panei@anu.edu.au or submit your request online via the Suggest a Library purchase form.

Rebuilding the collections will be an ongoing process over the coming years. We appreciate your continued patience and support during this time.