Information for new staff

Nau mai haere mai Welcome to the University of Waikato Library. All staff can use the libraries at Hamilton and Tauranga campuses.  Below are the services and resources we provide for you as a  researcher and a teacher, and also for your students.

Ways to contact us

To connect to people who can help:

Find opening hours under Hours and Locations.

Service and help desks

Physical Spaces

Hamilton and Tauranga Libraries have computers, study areas, couches, beanbags, balcony areas, group rooms, snack machines, quiet spaces, and kitchenettes (jug, microwave, toaster). Computer space is available 24/7 (ID card and 4-digit PIN required).  Toilets and showers are on all levels.

Teaching Resources Library (TRL) has study spaces.

Support for you as a researcher

Open Research

We offer support with:

Research Commons - Waikato’s “free” open access research repository

In Research Commons we host research from academic staff, including journal articles, book chapters, reports, conference and working papers, as well as Masters and PhD theses. It affords greater visibility through higher rankings in search engines and long-term digital preservation. Our staff provide expert consultation on copyright, formats, author rights.

Open Access Equity Fund

Our fund is dedicated to increasing the diversity of open access research coming out of Waikato. The fund targets Māori and Pacific researchers - or researchers in those areas - as well as early career researchers.  It applies only to items already accepted for publication. Ideally, the article/book/chapter processing charge will be partially funded by other means.  To apply, or for more information, contact the Library.

Support for you as a teacher

The Library can help you find information for research, or for teaching and course development.

Waikato Reading Lists (WRL)

An effective way to connect your students to required and recommended readings and ensure the University meets its copyright obligations.  Link to e-content, and upload scans of print articles and book chapters.

Lists can be:

  • aligned to Moodle (themes, weeks, etc)
  • added to Moodle via a link
  • updated at any time
  • copied from year to year
  • shared with others and exported to referencing software.

The Library can assist in creating and managing your lists. Contact [email protected] for further information. Comprehensive information and self-help reading lists guidance is available. Book a session with a librarian to learn more.

Support for your students: pre-degree to PhD

We can help students identify appropriate information sources, develop search strategies, evaluate material, and reference correctly. This includes one-to-one consultations and generic Library Workshops.

The team can collaborate with you and Te Puna Ako (Student Learning) to deliver tailored classes for upcoming assignments. Sessions can include:

  • short surveys to gauge prior knowledge
  • whole-class lectures OR hands-on tutorial sessions
  • subject-specific quizzes, short videos
  • self-paced lessons in Moodle

Express Research Workshops for Post Graduates

These online Express Workshops take 30 minutes and cover:

Māori or Pacific or Indigenous Support

Our Te Mata Aurei supports students in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies and also supports Māori students across the University.

Our Māori & Indigenous Research Support Advisor and our Kauvaiora can help staff and students with queries related to Indigenous data sovereignty, research data management, publishing pathways to reach Indigenous audiences, and open access equity funding.

Further, our Kauvaiora offers guidance for current and prospective Pacific students and staff, Pacific communities, and non–Indigenous communities with an interest in indigenising, decolonising research, and Pacific research materials.

Our Resources and Collections


Contact us for queries about your library account and loan history, or visit the borrowing page.

Our resources are findable from Library Search, Library Databases, or Journal Search and include:

  • Course and research-related books, journals, and databases
  • Newspapers, magazines, tv recordings, streaming content, CDs, DVDs
  • Fiction, children’s books
  • Maps, archives, rare books

We showcase our collections with regular displays, including for Māori and Pacific language weeks. Suggestions are welcome.

Subject Portals

Subject Portals comprise curated lists of resources (databases, books, journals, dictionaries and encyclopedias) for each major subject area. Students find these great places to start. Recommendations are welcome.

Referencing Guides

Referencing Guides provide formatting help and style-specific examples for the main referencing styles used at Waikato University, including APA, Chicago & MHRA.


A collection of Māori, Pacific, Aotearoa and Indigenous resources and services underpinned by Kaupapa Māori values.  Level 4 of the Hamilton Campu Library. Learn more about our Mātangireia collection.

Mahi Māreikura

This collection houses taonga and works of Dr. Pei te Hurinui Jones, Ngāti Maniapoto, a prominent figure in the revival of the Māori language, and of 20th century Māori cultural knowledge.  We also host material from his colleague and whanaunga Emeritus Professor Bruce Biggs and from Dame Evelyn Stokes, Professor of Geography at Waikato.

Archival Collections

Over 40 physical archival collections, including diaries, letters, and papers about the greater Waikato region. Visit the Archive Collection.

O Neherā

O Neherā contains 4000 items scanned by the Library. It includes historical images, documents, and first hand accounts providing unique local insights into Waikato and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Information about our physical archival collections is also available.

Resources outside our collections

Using Open Educational Resources (OERS)

High quality resources - freely online for download or printing. Adopt or adapt for your own purposes.

Purchasing for teaching or research

As an e-preferred library we purchase ebooks over print where possible. To request the Library to purchase new items for teaching or research, email [email protected].

If the item is needed for teaching, please indicate:

  • the course code and trimester period
  • whether the item is a required, or recommended textbook
  • which reading list to add item to

The library is not resourced to provide extensive multiple copies of textbooks. Our purchasing guidelines for required texts are:

  • up to 50 students in course: 1 user e copy OR 1 print copy
  • 50-100 students in course: 2 user e copy OR 2 print copies
  • 100+ students in course: 3 user e copy OR 3 print copies

To increase access to print items we can:

  • scan articles or chapters and add them to your Waikato Reading List (within copyright)
  • place them in the High Demand collection (loan period 2 hours, bookable in advance)

Note: the Library doesn't automatically purchase required and recommended titles for courses so please advise us of these well before the start of the relevant trimester. See Requesting new items for the Library for more information.

Interlibrary loans (interloans)

Source print items or scans of book chapters or journal articles that we don’t hold or subscribe to. First-timers use the form ‘place and track interlibrary loans’ under Key Tasks on the Library homepage. Repeat users email [email protected]. Find more information on Interlibrary loan service.