Library Resources for Teaching
Use this page to find out how to identify, obtain, make available, and help your students to use Library print and electronic books, journals, DVDs and other resources.
Tell us what resources we need to purchase for your course:
Books, DVDs, CDs, Journals and Databases:
- We receive textbook lists and will automatically order copies of compulsory and recommended textbooks from these lists. We check for suitable electronic books as ebooks or etexts can be an excellent option for students in the blended learning environment. Find out more in our Ebooks for courses blog post.
- If you want us to purchase other books, DVDs, CDs, journal or database subscriptions to support your course, please complete the Recommend a Purchase form (login required).
- For journal or database recommendations please note that new subscriptions mean an ongoing charge against the Library budget and require consideration before approval. Recommendations for New Zealand, Māori, and Pasifika titles will be considered at any time. Other recommendations are usually considered by the Library Collections Budget Group in October each year.
If you have any questions about purchasing materials for your courses please contact your Subject Librarian:
Proposing a new programme, course or a major course revision?
You need a Library Impact Statement. Please include your Subject Librarians as collaborators in the Curriculum Management System (CMS) and ensure we know the following:
- course number/s and title/s
- mode (including offshore)
- estimated enrolment numbers
We can work with you to identify any additional resources needed to support the new programme or course.
Ebooks and Short Loan print books
Use Short Loan to manage limited print resources (e.g. textbooks, lecture notes, high-demand material). Items placed on Short Loan can usually be used in the Library only, are issued for short periods of time, and can be booked ahead of time by students.
Where a suitable licence exists, we will buy an ebook version and manage access according to use. Textbooks may be unavailable for Library purchase due to licence restrictions so contact us to discuss the options.
Note: Short Loan is not a suitable option for a class composed of Distance students.
Link your students directly to journal articles and other resources
In Stream and other online environments you can link your students directly to key online journal articles, ebook chapters and other Library resources.
Online or face-to-face classes, and Teaching Support
Ask for Stream material that contains links to Library help, How Do I Find instructions and demonstrations for journal articles and other resources.
Show Me How Demonstrations
We have developed over 30 short online demonstrations to show your students how to get the best use from Library resources. These can be linked to from your Stream course.
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Last updated on Tuesday 14 September 2021