About the Library

Our ambition is to be a Library that is at the heart of the whole community. Ko Te Tangata, for the people.

University of Waikato library

Nau mai, Haramai, Whakatau mai ki te whare pukapuka o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato


Fostering strong relationships

The success of the Library depends on the strength of our relationships and how we foster and sustain these. The Library utilises user experience (UX) techniques, co-creation and co-production models with our user communities to ensure that not only do services meet community needs but that the Library also fosters a sense of belonging for all, empowering all.

A trusted partner

The Library is a trusted partner in research, teaching and learning and our services and resources add value for students and staff. Our strategic goals include supporting Open Research; the transition to open content, fostering an ‘open by default’ approach across both research and teaching; providing digital and information literacy teaching and training within and outside of the curriculum. We think holistically about our physical and digital spaces which encourage disruptive, creative and innovative thinking and allow for the personalisation of learning.

Custodians of taonga

The Library holds a number of taonga and is home to Mātangireia: the University’s collection of Māori, Pacific, Aotearoa and Indigenous resources. This includes associated spaces and services such as O Neherā the University's digital library showcasing our digital and digitised collections and are all underpinned by kaupapa Māori values. We provide, develop and maintain online and physical accessible and inclusive spaces and resources including over a million print volumes and millions of online resources.

Enhancing discovery and accessibility

The Library is responsible for a range of systems which underpin core University activities. This includes the management, maintenance and development of the institutional repositoryLibrary Search, discovery platforms and enquiry services. The Library manages, maintains and develops the University’s record management systems and the University Art Collection.

Looking to the future

As the fourth industrial revolution deepens, the Library’s role becomes more important than ever to help navigate the proliferation of new and emerging technologies and information deluge. The Library Plan highlights some of these changes and the challenges and opportunities which exist in this environment. We're looking for people to join us and help us reach our ambitions and our goals — people who will bring a diverse set of skills. If you’d like to know more, get in touch.