Libraries and collections

Coral core collection

AIMS uses specialised coring equipment to collect cores from massive coral colonies and prepare high-quality slices sawn from the cores.

A unique densitometer/luminometer, constructed in the AIMS workshop, allows non-destructive measurement of coral skeletal density and coral skeletal luminescence, to measure environmental and climatic histories from past centuries.

Bands of density reveal coral growth rates (extension, density and calcification) and luminescent lines record the occurrence and intensity of freshwater at coral reefs.

Data centre

The data centre archives AIMS's data holdings and develops tools to support the capture, description and transfer of data.

It uses high-level statistical analysis, GIS visualisation, database management and computing programming skills to deliver AIMS’s research results to all users of marine science data.

Information and library services

Information Services, housed in the library, provides services to AIMS staff via the intranet, and also some services to the public and other libraries.

This section also encompasses the Registry, which is responsible for record-keeping, correspondence and the safekeeping of seals and contracts. Registry is the Institute’s official archive office and adheres to the Archives Act 1983.

The AIMS library is one of the largest specialist marine science libraries in Australia. Our collections include around 7000 books, 2500 journal titles (online and selected titles in print), maps, charts, aerial photographs, CD-ROMs, audiovisual materials and remote access online databases.


Members of the public are welcome to visit, browse the collections and photocopy material  (please note that there is a cost for photocopying). Books are not available for loan to members of the public.

An inter-library loan and document delivery service is provided to university or organisational libraries. This normally costs $16.50, but will be more if it is a ‘rush’ request.

You can search for library resources through our online library catalogue. To find scientific research published by Institute staff, you can use the Institutional research repository.

The library is associated with IAMSLIC (International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries) and has reciprocal arrangements with a variety of other similar organisations.

If your library is interested in special lending arrangements, please contact us.

Public opening hours are 8.30 am–3.30 pm Monday to Friday (by appointment only).



Postal Address


Information Services
PMB No.3 Townsville MC.  
Queensland, 4810

Lisa Capps (Librarian)
Telephone: +61 747 534 486

Coral Graham (Registry Officer)
Telephone: +61 747 534 281

Inter-Library Loans
Telephone: +61 747 534 231
Fax: +61 747 725 852