Library Services for Alumni and External Patrons - Library - University of Canterbury

Library Services for Subscription Members (including Alumni)

The University of Canterbury Library welcomes applications for subscription membership.

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Subscription membership is available for members of the general public who are not enrolled students or staff of the University of Canterbury, and are not enrolled students or staff of the NZ and Australian tertiary institutions with which UC has membership agreements.

Subscription membership will only be approved for those who are resident within the Canterbury region. See Boundary Map of Canterbury Region on the Statistics New Zealand web site.

Applicants will be required to provide proof of:

  • a physical Canterbury address for a period of at least three months
  • Photo ID such as Driver’s licence or passport

Transferable and Corporate Membership

Membership is personal and non-transferable. Corporate membership is not available.


Application forms

Application forms can be filled out at the Information Desk of any UC library *. Payment of your subscription and the cost of the library card are to be paid at the same time. Please note that payment can only be made by EFTPOS (excluding credit card) as there is no cash handling facility.

* Please note that applications cannot be processed after 9pm at the Central Library.

After applying, when can I start using the services?

It may take up to 3 working days for your library account to be created. We will contact you when your account is active and let you know where to pick up your library card.


Two subscription terms are offered:

6 months $100
12 months $180

All charges are payable in advance, and no refunds will be given.

Alumni Membership

Alumni of the University of Canterbury receive a 50% discount off the Library fee.

There is an additional charge of $10 for the production of a university visitor card, which is required for borrowing from the Library.

UC Libraries

Your membership will allow you to borrow from all 4 campus libraries.

Opening hours

Each library's opening hours are detailed on our website. Please note that our opening hours are reduced over the summer period.

Library Services

Borrowing Entitlements

Information about the number of items you can borrow, loan period and more is available on our website.

AV facilities

You may use the AV facilities when they not booked by University of Canterbury staff or students. Subscription borrowers may not place bookings. Copying from microforms will be carried out by Library staff.


You may use the photocopying facilities.

Please note that in order to photocopy you will need to obtain a casual photocopying card from the Information Desk at any UC library. Credit can be added by EFTPOS only, using top-up machines located in each library.

Remote (off-campus) access

You can access the Library catalogue freely on the Web.

Access to Licensed Electronic Resources and IT Accounts

Subscription membership of the Library only provides access to the library's physical collection.

There is no provision for IT services, or any login rights to services and databases that are only provided for fully enrolled students or staff of the University of Canterbury.

Interloans (Interlibrary Loans)

We regret that the Interloan service is not available to subscription members. If you are a member of a public library, they will be able to obtain books and articles for you on interlibrary loan.