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LibrarySearch Help

How to find course readings

In LibrarySearch, you can find your course readings by course code, course name or even tutor or lecturer's name.

  1. On the library home page, type in your course code, course name or tutor/lecturer's name in the search box, and check the Course readings in drop down menu.
  2. In the search results, find the title you want. You will find course details under each title.
  3. Check the locations and availability of the book under the title of the book, indicates that the book is available and how long to take it out.
  4. See how to find your book on the shelf.

What if the course reading is not available?

Sometimes you may find the item on the course reading is not available. You can see in the catalogue by

  1. The availability status is 0 available.
  2. The status is On loan until a time in future.

You can place a booking request on this item so that it will be held for you at the time you have booked it. See how to place a booking request.

What if my course reading is not under the Course readings tab?

If you cannot find your course reading under the Course reading tab:

  1. Try searching by the title or author of the book under the Course reading tab.
  2. Use the Catalogue tab and search by title or author (or Articles-Express tab if the item is an article).

NOTE*: If you still cannot find your book, please speak to your lecturer or tutor. They may not have informed the library of the readings for your course.

How to book a short loan item

If the item you want is a high-demand item and on short loan, you will be able to book it. The item will then be available for you when you want it.

  1. Log in to LibrarySearch (top right).
  2. Enter your Unitec email address (for example and password.
  3. Search for the item you want to book.
  4. Click on the title to see where the item is and click the Request link.
  5. Click on the Check availability link to see if there are current bookings on this item: Yellow means "library is closed"; Pink means "unavailable"; White means "available";
  6. Fill in the date and times you wish to have this item and click Request.


  • You will not be able to book an item for longer than its short-term loan period. That is, if there is only a 2-hour loan item held, you cannot book it for more than 2 hours.
  • Item is only available at the location it is currently on short-loan.
  • You must come to the Ask Me desk or branch library and ask for the item you booked.
  • You must pick up your booked item within 20 minutes of the start time.
  • You will not receive an email regarding the booking.
  • You can only have maximum of three booking requests for three different titles and one booking per title.
  • Future limits of Booking requests (how far into the future a booking can be made):
    • For 2-hour loans, up to 7 days in advance.
    • For 24-hour loans, up to 14 days in advance.
    • For 3-day loans, up to 21 days in advance.