Our campus libraries have services and resources to provide support to students and staff with accessibility and disability needs.

Library services

If you require access to any of the services listed below, please contact the Library or Disability Services.

Extended loans

If you require Library items for a longer period of time due to your impairment please let us know. Alternatively you can contact Disability Services to let us know.

Retrieving Library items

If you have difficulty retrieving Library items from the shelves please let us know and we can arrange to have the item retrieved for you.

Alternative format books

Disability Services can help arrange alternative format items if items in the Library's collections present you with accessibility issues.

Library orientation tours and instruction

Each of the University's libraries offers orientation tours to familiarise users with the library, which are advertised on the Library website. If you have any disability related needs that we need to be aware of when providing a tour, or if you require an individual tour or instruction, please contact

Accessibility facilities

The Kelburn and Pipitea Libraries have rooms that are specially designed with accessibility in mind. If you require access to these rooms please contact Disability services.

Kelburn Library access suite

The Access Suite at Kelburn is designed specifically for students with impairments. The Access Suite has spaces equipped with beds and a desk for quiet study and rest. It also has study tables, a photocopier, ergonomic furniture and equipment, student computing workstations, and adaptive technology.

Commerce Library access suite

The Commerce Library has an access suite on the ground of Rutherford House, with adaptive technology and space for quiet study and rest.

There are many rooms to study in at Pipitea Campus. Mahi Nga Tahi is located on level 1 of the Railway Building. It has a rest room, study space with ergonomic tables and chairs and Dragon's Lair (a room with Dragon Naturally Speaking voice-recognition software).

Law Library

The Law Library has a study space available to students with impairments, GB 135. This room contains student computing workstations with ergonomic furniture and equipment. It is open to all students but those with Equity in Action cards have priority.


Accessible toilets are located in the Kelburn Library on levels 1, 2, 3 and 5; in the student common room adjacent to the Law Library; and on the ground floors of the Architecture and Design Campus (Vivian Street) and Commerce (Rutherford House).