Campion obtains GK Chesterton original signed books

October 18th, 2021

Keziah Van Aardt College Librarian There is something elusively compelling about a book that is signed by its author. A handwritten signature is a very individual, personal touch on a printed book and seems to somehow bring to life the woman or man who wrote it. Among my treasured possessions is a book of verse […]

Library in Focus: do we still need pamphlets?

August 10th, 2021

Keziah Van Aardt College Librarian Are pamphlets worth preserving in an academic library such as Campion’s? While pamphlets are often small, cheaply printed, usually rather ‘dated’ and lacking in academic content, pamphlets certainly have historical value. Pamphlets were printed for a particular purpose and a particular audience. They were written largely for ordinary people, not […]

Library in Focus: Australian Literature at Campion

May 28th, 2021

Keziah Van Aardt College Librarian The Library at Campion College contains an extensive literature collection, including a significant number of Australian literary works. As Australian literature is one of the third-year units taught in the Bachelor of Arts, the library specifically supports this unit by collecting texts and commentaries relevant to the works studied as […]

Library in Focus: Classical texts at Campion

April 14th, 2021

Keziah Van Aardt College Librarian Walking through the library, one’s eye is caught by the rows of little red and green volumes flanking the door to the study space and special collections at the back of the building. Each small, hardback book is numbered and edged with a Greek key pattern in black and white, […]

Library in Focus: Marking the 220th anniversary of St John Henry Newman’s birth

February 21st, 2021

Keziah Van Aardt College Librarian Today marks 220 years since the birth of St John Henry Newman.  A renowned theologian, writer, poet, educator and eventually Cardinal, Newman was a central figure in the religious history of 19th century England.  He did much for the acceptance of Catholicism during his lifetime, which spanned the years of […]

Library in Focus: The World of Edmund Campion

February 16th, 2021

The Campion library’s special collection, the ‘World of Edmund Campion’ contains over 700 volumes covering the period of Recusant Catholicism from the Reformation up to the mid-19th century. The collection is named after St Edmund Campion, a 16th century Oxford scholar and martyr, and provides a wealth of background material on Edmund Campion’s era and […]