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Aotearoa Room Collections

Lending and Reference Collection

The Aotearoa Room houses a collection of material about New Zealand’s heritage, Māori society, history and culture, and the Pacific Islands. All books are shelved together in one classified sequence, with the exception of a selection of dictionaries which are shelved at the entrance to the Aotearoa Room, and the Ngāi Tahu and Waitangi collections. Many books may be borrowed for the standard loan periods. Others must be used in the library. Lending Collection items have this red, black and white Māori motif on their spine:


Māori lending motif

Reference Collection items comprise a selection of encyclopedias, atlases, bibliographies, journals, and indexes. There are also second copies of books found in the Lending Collection and many unique items. Material is regularly added to the reference collection and can be differentiated from other material on the shelves by a star on the spine. All items in this collection must be used in the Library.

There are 2 small separate collections in the Aotearoa Room:

Ngāi Tahu Collection

This consists of material about Ngāi Tahu’s history, traditions, myths and legends, and the Ngāi Tahu Claim. The collection has been established to provide better access to Ngāi Tahu material and to further support our desire to build on the relationship between the library and Ngāi Tahu. Items in this collection have a yellow strip on their spine. Items that can be taken out of the library also have the Māori lending motif on their spine.

Waitangi Collection

This focuses on material produced by, generated from, and about the Waitangi Tribunal and the Treaty of Waitangi. Items in this collection have an orange strip on their spine. Items that can be taken out of the library also have the Māori lending motif on their spine.

Exam papers

University of Canterbury exam papers from 1990 onwards and covering all disciplines are shelved at LG 741 .E96 in the Aotearoa Room. These must be used in the library.

Audiovisual Collection

CDs and videos/DVDs may be taken out on loan. Other material must be used in the Library only. The Audiovisual Room contains a microfiche reader/printer, microfilm reader, tape deck, TV/Video, DVD player, stereo and CD player.