ALLA book donations to Fiji National University

20 June, 2016 at 11:05 AM

As members will be aware, the Law Research Service (LRS) at the University of Melbourne Law School recently entered into an arrangement with the Library of Fiji National University (FNU) to send books no longer needed by Australian law libraries to supplement and improve the FNU law collection. This collection supports the LLB and higher degree programs, academic research and practitioners.

We are delighted to announce that the first shipment of books arrived at the FNU Library last week. The response by the FNU Library is both humbling and heartwarming. The photo of the smiling Library staff with books from the first shipment says it all, as does the attached lovely letter of appreciation from the University Librarian.


We would like to thank the incredible generosity of law librarians around the country who have donated books to this scheme.  All donating libraries (many of which are not in Victoria) have kindly footed the transport bills. We arranged completely free transport and shipping to Fiji, and LRS staff have donated their time to do the admin side of things. I would particularly like to thank Cate Read and Fiona MacDowall for this.

This has been a truly national effort to improve the collection of one of our near neighbours and we thank you all. We have enough books for the next shipment, and the boxes keep arriving! We intend to keep the arrangement going as long as law libraries keep giving! A heartfelt thanks to a wonderful, caring and generous profession, one that I am proud and lucky to be part of.

If you would like to donate books to the FNU scheme, please contact us at the email address below.

Kind regards

Robin Gardner

Law Research Service