Strategic overview and policies

Browse key Library documents and policies including the Statute, Strategic Plan, and copyright, open access, collection management and censorship policies.

Browse key strategic and policy documents that govern the Library.

Strategic overview


The Library Statute is the official University document governing the Library.

Strategic plan

Browse the strategic priorities for the Library including our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi through Te Rautaki Māori (Māori strategic plan).

Policies and principles

Collection management and development policy

The Collection Management and Development Policy sets out the overarching principles and general framework which inform strategies related to the Library’s collections.

Collection Donation Principles

The Collection Donation Principles describes how the Library manages donations of published and unpublished works.

If you have items you wish to donate to the Library, please contact the Acquisitions team.

When using the Library's collections, and especially when making copies of information within them, you have obligations under New Zealand copyright law which you must respect. This applies to photocopies you make from books and print journals, but also to material you print from online resources.

Detailed information on copyright is available on the University’s copyright web page.

Open access policy and guidelines

Victoria University of Wellington encourages researchers to make their work openly available. The University has an Open Access Institutional Repository which collects and makes accessible the research outputs of the University’s academic and research staff and doctoral students undertaking research at the University.

The Open Access Policy provides details on the open dissemination of our scholarly research output—online, world-wide, and free of charge. This is fundamental to the University’s drive to be a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, and thought leadership.

The Open Access Guidelines assist in ensuring compliance with the Open Access Policy.

Censorship and ratings policy

The Library collects a wide range of resources to support your learning, teaching and research. These are subject to New Zealand censorship and ratings laws.

Find detailed information on the Censorship and ratings policy web page.