Update on rebuilding the JB Chifley Library collection - July 2021

20 July 2021

ANU Library staff continue to work hard to rebuild the collections that were destroyed by the flood in 2018, despite the enormous challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 42,500 items have been replaced so far and are accessible through the Library catalogue.

Recent acquisition highlights

Some of the most significant flood replacement works acquired in the past three months include:

  • 2,905 electronic books
  • 1,168 print books
  • 47 reference titles in print and electronic format
  • 25 streaming videos
  • 5 JSTOR archive collections comprising 895 e-journals:
    • Arts & Sciences XIII – this collection of 192 journals increases coverage in core humanities disciplines. Strengths include Christianity studies and journals in non-Western philosophy.
    • Arts & Sciences XIV – this collection of 204 journals is devoted to the study of culture and communication, from civilization’s earliest traces to the growth and governance of peoples, with journals from 17 countries. Also included is a cluster of titles covering STEM education.
    • Arts & Sciences XV – this collection of 217 journals has extensive coverage in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It includes a diverse group of philosophy, religion and Jewish studies titles, as well as history journals encompassing geographical, social, medical, religious, urban, diplomatic history, and more.
    • Business IV – this collectionof 74 titles includes core titles in economics, management, industrial relations, and finance.
    • Ecology & Botany II – this collection of 154 titles broadens JSTOR’s scope in the areas of biological and plant sciences, and contains key titles from important institutions around the world.

New material is added to DBPO as it is released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


We would like to express our gratitude towards ANU staff and students and the broader community who have generously donated 3,633 replacement items since the flooding incident. All the books have been catalogued and are available for borrowing from the JB Chifley branch.   

The Library is always seeking donations to replace resources lost in the flood. We continue to work with donors and the list of Chifley flood-affected titles remains online for consultation.

Requesting flood replacement material

If you require any material that was lost in the flood and has not yet replaced please do not hesitate to 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. We will prioritise your request. We will also see if we can locate a copy to be used in the interim until we find a replacement.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during a very challenging time for all of us.