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Read an overview of what we have in our wide ranging collections below or download our Collection Management Policy [pdf] which describes the Library's collecting responsibilities, including statements on collection principles, criteria for selection, criteria for deselection and retention, fund allocation, resource sharing and special collections.

General lending collections

  • Book Collection  The Te Puna Library in B180 has the largest collection of books (approx 68,000 titles) with a smaller collection at Waitākere Unitec Library. The collection reflect the learning needs of each library's user community. In total the libraries contain approximately 80,000 books. We also subscribe to over 171,000 e-books.
  • DVD Collections  Each library has AV materials, consisting of DVDs, CDs and similar. This material can be borrowed. At Waitākere these items are found in a separate location. At the Te Puna Library, study materials are shelved within the main book collection. There is also a separate DVD collection (movies) in the study space on level 3 in Te Puna.

Short Loan collections

  • Short Loan Collection  The Short Loan collection is used to manage the circulation of high demand titles and includes books, articles, and audio-visual material. Many items are issued for two hours only, although some are available to take home for a 24 or 72 hours. Each library has its own Short Loan collection appropriate to its users. Items not returned on time will be subject to fines.


  • Online journals  We have online access to over 66,000 full text electronic journals. Our electronic journal titles are listed in the Library catalogue and the Journal finder list. Most are located within searchable databases we subscribe to.
  • Print journals  The libraries also subscribe to approximately 100 printed journal titles to supplement our electronic journal databases. Students and staff may borrow most copies for up to 9 days.

Reference and special collections

  • Reference Collections (includes business, trade and community related information)  Each library has a reference collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps and other material which provides quick and concise facts. See also our e-reference page for online links to these sort of items and others, such as phone books.
    Te Puna has an 'Arts File' collection located on Level 3. It includes art exhibition catalogues and other information on NZ artists of an ephemeral nature, where there is pictorial content. 
    Waitākere Unitec Library has a collection of Waitākere local community information.
  • Te Kohinga Māori / Māori Collection  (Te Puna) The Te Puna Library has a Māori collection (Te Kohinga Māori) which contains books and audio-visual resources on Māori culture, history and society. This is a reference collection, but most of these resources are also available as lending copies from within the library’s main collection.
  • Pacific Collection  (Waitākere) Waitākere Library has a Pacific collection which focuses on Health and Social development. It contains books on Health, society, culture, identity, government reports and history of the Pacific Islands. As this is a reference collection, lending copies are also available for most of the items in the General collection.
  • NZ Standards (Te Puna)  The Te Puna Library has selected NZ standards appropriate to their user community. These are part of the reference collection on Level 1 and so cannot be taken out of the Library. A complete set of NZ standards is available online
  • DVD Collection (Te Puna)  This collection of films is part of the Performing and Screen Arts resources.  There are also general movies originally part of the English Language collection.  All DVDs can be borrowed to be viewed at home.

  • Fred Tschopp Collection (Te Puna)  This special collection is located on level 3 in Te Puna Library. It includes many of Fred's photos, plans and papers from his time in New Zealand. Fred Tschopp came to New Zealand at the start of the Depression and made plans for five parks in Auckland, such as Craigavon Park in Blockhouse Bay. He also worked on many other major projects around the country, including the Prime Ministerial residence in Wellington. To see the collection do a keyword search in the catalogue for the phrase "Fred Tschopp Collection" and send an email to to arrange a time to access the cabinet. See a blog post about this collection and also see this related news article.  
  • Student Reports  The Library accepts student reports where they provide information on unique research. Print copies can be requested via LibrarySearch.
  • Unitec Theses  The Unitec Library holds digital copies of most Unitec theses in our Institutional Research Repository the Unitec Research Bank. These are available online and can be downloaded. Older theses as far back as 1999 may be available in print only. Check the library catalogue LibrarySearch. Print copies can be requested via LibrarySearch and are available for in-library use only.
  • Recreational Reading Collection (Te Puna)  This collection is housed in the Te Puna Library. Its role is to promote and encourage literacy among students. Popular genres, both fiction and non-fiction are collected. There is a great selection of graphic novels available.


Electronic resources

NB. Access to electronic resources is restricted to Unitec staff and students. 

  • E-Books  The library subscribes to over 171,000 e-books which are accessible through our catalogue. Find out how to access e-books.
  • E-Journals and articles  We have access to over 91,000 full text electronic journals. Our e-journal titles are listed in the library catalogue and our Journal finder list . If you know the details of the article you are looking for you can obtain it by using the Citation Linker from LibrarySearch top menu.
  • Databases  The library subscribes to a number of databases which include academic articles and reference information. You can access them from the Databases A-Z list
  • Exams  The Library catalogue includes links to exam papers in pdf format for most Unitec courses. See our help page on how to access the exam papers.
  • Subject Guides  The guides are pages on our website which provide a 'one stop shop' for each subject area. In each guide our expert Subject Librarians have gathered together research databases relevant to a particular teaching area as well as subject specific websites and relevant online resources. You can access the guides from the subject guides index.