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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.

1. Identify and Obtain Library 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 email a subject librarian
  • 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:

Contact a 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
  • prescription/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.

Contact a Subject Librarian

2. Make Library Resources Available to Your Students

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, and are issued for short periods of time.

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.

Place course material on Short Loan

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.

Find out how to link to Library resources

3. Help Your Students to Make the Best Use of Library resources

Online or face-to-face classes, and  Teaching Support

Find out about our range of face-to-face and online teaching support opportunities

Stream material

Ask for Stream material that contains links to Library help, How Do I Find instructions and demonstrations for journal articles and other resources.

Contact a Subject Librarian

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.

See the list of Show Me How demonstrations