Library Services at Traffic Light 'Red'

From Sunday 23 January 2022 all of New Zealand is at the red setting. It is now mandatory for all students, staff, and visitors to be fully vaccinated if entering University campuses or to take part in face-to-face University activities. You may be asked to show your vaccine pass. Library services and operations are described below:

Library Spaces

You will need your student ID card and vaccine pass to enter all buildings around campus, including the Library. This is for contact tracing purposes and ID card swipe machines and QR codes are set up at each of the library entrances.

We ask that those using the library space adhere to physical distancing requirements and follow the hygiene practices advised by the Ministry of Health.

Further information on the new COVID-19 traffic light system including vaccine passes, masks and scanning can be found on the University's COVID-19 webpage.

Computer and Printing services will be available. If you have any issues with printing please contact Digital Solutions (there will be contact details at each of the printers)

Group study rooms will be available to book but will have the appropriate number of chairs in each based on physical distancing requirements.

  • The Kelburn library currently has six floors available for study space sectioned into a variety of blue (quiet study) and green (collaborative study) zones. Kelburn library will be open Monday to Friday 8.00am-midnight, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm.
  • If you prefer to use a study space in the inner city, we’ve got that covered for you too. Te Aro campus library will be open Monday to Friday 8.00am-midnight, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm.
  • The Commerce and Law libraries at Pipitea campus are temporarily closed but will re-open on Monday 21 March. The hours will be Monday–Friday 8.00am–midnight, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm.
  • JCBR - Access to the Library's heritage collections and archives is by appointment only at the red setting.  A digital service will continue to be provided via email where possible.

Needing to Talk to a Librarian

Contact us via email at or your subject librarian directly.

You can book online assignments and research consultations with your subject librarian

Library staff are close by to contact tracing points so please do ask if you require any assistance.

Library Books

You can still continue to access our extensive digital collection for your research and assignment needs. Search the library’s discovery system here

If you have a book you are welcome to return it to us. No rush on this though, just when you can.

If you are unvaccinated or self-isolating, library books are available through our Click and Post service.

Thesis Deposit

Online thesis deposit will continue to be available.

If you have any questions, or require any assistance please email us at