A wide range of formats are collected and shelved within the general and focussed collections. The location information is available through Library Search and will tell you where to find specific items in our libraries.
The collections support graduate and undergraduate study, and research and teaching in Science & Engineering, Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Maori & Pacific Development, Management and Law.
For information about the selection, collection assessment and new items, see About our Collections.
About the collection, including Books, Journals, Audiovisual, Rec Reading & Large Books
Books and Journals
Books and journals make up the General Collection which is located in the Central Library on Level 3 of the Student Centre and is arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification system.The journals are housed in the area opposite Library Management Offices on the west side of Level 3 of the Central Library. See also E-resources.
Please ask at the Library Service Desk if you need help locating items in these collections.
The Library works in partnership with other Australasian University Libraries to build collections and license access to a steadily growing collection of scholarly resources:
Most ebooks, ejournals and databases are available only to enrolled students and staff of the University of Waikato. A selection of databases is available to our alumni and a limited number of e-resources can be consulted within the Library by members of the public.
The Music CDs are kept in bins on Level 3 of the Student Centre and in the Teaching Resources Library. They need to be issued at the
Service Desks. Headphones are available from the Library Services Desk, but are for use in the Library only. See also What can I borrow?
The DVDs are in two sequences: Feature Films are shelved alphabetically by title, and the Non-fiction and documentary works are shelved in LC Classification order within the General Books Collection and the New Zealand Collection. DVDs need to be issued at the Library Service Desk. See also Computing Areas for DVD players.
VHS cassettes are shelved within the General Books Collection.
This collection of popular novels provides some light relief from study. The selection is refreshed frequently. It is located on Level 3 of the Student Centre.
About the microfilm and microfiche collections and readers
Microfilm and microfiche are located on Level 4 of the Student Centre. There are two microform reader/printers available near the collection. A new digital state-of-the-art scanner is available which can be used remotely by distance students and researchers once the film or fiche has been loaded. Please Contact Us for more information.
Discover our collection of Rare New Zealand Books
We have a temperature controlled Rare Books Room which contains all NZ books published up to 1900, second copies of books published 1901-1945, handprinted or handmade New Zealand poetry and some valuable or rare books. These items are able to be used inside the Library only.
Resources held in Storage
Find out about lesser-used material held in a closed-access area
The Library has a closed-access area where we keep lesser-used material. All the items are listed in Library Search and can be requested. Retrieval time varies, but is usually within 48 hours. Storage items include older runs of journals or sets, superseded editions of textbooks, duplicate copies of books, and material which is no longer current but may be of historical interest. The storage facility enables the Library to maximise shelf-space in the main areas of the library for new and heavily used items, while retaining older material which may occasionally be needed.