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Borrowing

As a Library member you're able to borrow from the University of Waikato Library, as well as other selected university libraries around New Zealand. This page has all the information you might need to make the most of our resources and facilities.

Borrowable material includes:

  • Books
  • Audio-visual, i.e CDs, DVDs & Videocassettes
  • CD-ROMs
  • Kits, i.e. book and CD kits
  • Maps
  • Pictures, i.e. posters, charts (available in Teaching Resources Library only)
  • Theses (Postgrads & Staff only)
  • Print Journals
  • Items in Off Campus Storage - retrieval of items in Off Campus Storage (book or journal) can take up to two working days, although most items will be available the next business day. If it is needed sooner it is possible to arrange a special courier delivery, however, this will incur a charge.

Some high-use items and other material may only be used while in the Student Centre. These items include:

  • Reference Only items
  • Course Reserve material
  • Some Print Journals
  • Theses (Postgrads & Staff can take these out)

Equipment for loan

Laptops; Scientific Calculators; Headphones; Cassette players/recorders; CD players (Walkman type); Whiteboard pens and eraser; Prayer mats (2 available); Magnifying glass

Assisted borrowing ceases 15 minutes before closing. Self Issue machines can be used until 5 minutes before closing. For more information, contact Lending Services.

The length of time you can borrow an item for will depend on your Library Membership. See the following tables for borrowing times for all Library material, or Contact Us for assistance.

Loan periods for Undergraduates
Books, Audiocassettes, CDROMs, Kits, Pictures, Maps, Education Library CDs & videocassettes 30 Days
Central Library Videocassettes, Central Library CDs 14 Days *
Central Library DVDs 7 Days *
Print Journals 2 weeks (except Law journals)
Short-Term Loans 7 Days
Course Reserve Items 2 hours
Central Library Theses and Dissertations 2 weeks
* These items are "Library Use Only" for Associate Members.
Loan periods for Postgraduates & Uni Staff
Books, Audiocassettes, CDROMs, Kits, Pictures, Maps, Education Library CDs & videocassettes 60 Days
Central Library Videocassettes, Central Library CDs 14 Days
Central Library DVDs 7 Days
Print Journals 2 Weeks
Short-Term Loans 7 Days
Course Reserve Items 2 hours
Central Library Theses and Dissertations 2 weeks

Students and staff can have a maximum of 100 items out at any one time.

There are specific limits on particular types of resources as follows:

Journals: 25 items
Videocassette tapes: 6 tapes
DVDs: 6 DVDs
CDROMs: 6 CD-ROMs
Course Reserve Items: 1 book OR 2 folders
Books: 100 items

Associate (including Alumni) members can have a maximum of ten items out at any one time.

Your student ID card is also your library card. Your library card allows you to borrow from both the Central Library and Teaching Resources Library regardless of which faculty you are in. Issuing of books starts when the Library opens and ceases 15 minutes before closing time. See Hours and Locations.

Most items may be borrowed by using the Self-issue machines. See .

NOTE: You can only borrow items with your own ID card. During the loan period, the borrowed items should not be loaned to anyone else other than the borrower.

If you are unable to present your ID card, items will not be issued to you. Please remember that reciting your ID number is not an acceptable alternative to presenting your ID card.

If you lose your ID card report it to Lending Services staff immediately.

Books can be returned to the After Hours slot at the end of the Student Centre Foyer, near the Lift. Teaching Resources Library books can also be returned to the Central Library and vice versa.

Note: Only those with swipe card access to the 24 hour Education computer labs can return books there after hours. Books can be returned through the slot in the foyer, just outside the Teaching Resources Library entrance.

New books are displayed on the New Book Display for one week, with the display changing each Wednesday.

If you have any queries about Borrowing from the Library please ask at the Library Service Desk or email Lending Services.

New print journals are displayed on the Serials Display for one week, with the display changing each Wednesday.

For more about new resources, you might want to have a look at New Resources & Lists

There are several self-issue machines in the Student Centre and one in the Teaching Resources Collection Library. These machines allow users to issue and renew their own books. Unfortunately, these machines are not set up to issue audiovisual material or very large books. Please take such items to the Enquiries Desk to be issued or renewed.

Remember that items can be renewed online (before they are due) - see My Account.

The High Demand Collection comprises items which are expected to be in heavy demand while students work on specific assignments. Items are placed in this collection for a limited period of time and may be borrowed for a short period of time (usually two hours). This collection is located just inside the door on Level 2 of the Student Centre.

Students: See the guide on Using the High Demand Collection, or find what's in this collection by searching Library Search.

Staff: You can easily put items in the High Demand Collection by filling in the High Demand Request Form. See also Putting items in the High Demand Collection for more information.

Yes. You can have the items sent directly to your home or you can arrange to pick them up from the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Library. See the following list for help accessing resources from both Bay of Plenty and Hamilton campuses.