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Manawatū Library is on the Concourse at the Manawatū Campus.
Parking near the Library:
Information about travelling to the Manawatū Campus is available at Maps, transport and parking.
Drop-in Library tours are offered at the beginning of Semester 1 and will be advertised on the Library Tours and Classes Schedule. You can arrange a tour at another time - ask at the Service Point or contact us.
The Service Point is on Level 1 opposite the Library entrance and is staffed all Library opening hours.
Please note: full services may not be available during evenings, weekends and public holidays.
The Manawatū Library has a large collection, with wide subject coverage of all disciplines taught from the campus, including distance courses. There are multiple copies of many texts. The Library has the main humanities, social science and business collections and the collection is also strong in the sciences, in particular veterinary science, agriculture and horticulture. There are significant back runs of journals.
The Junior collection of children's fiction, non-fiction, picture books and other junior material is to support the Institute of Education.
The New Zealand collection brings together materials with significant New Zealand content, from all subject areas. It includes books and journals in one sequence. It is located through the doors at the back of the Library, Level 2.
Ngā Kupu Ora is a collection of Maori resources. It includes all te reo Maori resources, bilingual material, tribal histories, pre-European New Zealand history, biographies of Maori people, resources with a particular Maori cultural perspective and all resources relating to the Treaty of Waitangi. Ngā Kupu Ora includes items for borrowing and ‘Not for Loan’.
Our collection focuses on the Maori Land Court districts in the lower North Island and East Coast. A list of our holdings and the online index is available here. The Minute books are shelved in a separate sequence adjacent to Ngā Kupu Ora, Level 2, and are for use in the Library only.
The AV collection contains a range of DVDs, CDs and cassettes, covering both academic and general interest areas. Most of this material is interfiled alongside the books in the Main Collection.
Microfilm and microfiche resources are on Level 1, and include New Zealand newspapers and some early journals. Many items may be borrowed, and others may be consulted using the equipment provided on Level 1.
Some infrequently-used books and journals are kept in Storage, due to space restrictions. Request items showing on Discover as ‘Storage’ at the Service Point. Storage items showing as ‘Available’ may be borrowed, while other items may be used in the Library. Storage items are collected once a day, Monday-Friday.
The Library has several closed access collections. Most items are included in Discover, and can be viewed at an assigned table by asking at the Service Point. Special conditions apply to protect the collections. Copying is done by Library staff only, and is available the day after requesting, Monday-Friday.
The Bagnall Collection is a closed access collection of rare and valuable New Zealand and Pacific materials. Massey University Library purchased the late A.G. Bagnall’s collection of rare books in 1986 and has continued to add items of significance.
Sir Geoffrey Peren was the Principal of Massey Agricultural College when it was formed in 1927, and held the role for 30 years. This collection consists of his own working library, a mixture of older to (relatively) modern material. It focuses on various aspects of agriculture, animal breeding, and so on, with a few items from the natural sciences.
This collection of mainly 18th century porcelain was bequeathed to Massey University in 1994 by W. (Wally) M. Webster, who was a lecturer in Veterinary Science here from 1935-1959. Viewing is by appointment only, weekdays 9am-4pm.
We provide a range of study area options. Please choose a space best suited to your needs, and be considerate of other users in the area.
The Library Café is on Level 1. It is open during Semesters One and Two.
The DIY Kai area is on Level 2, providing a kitchen, microwaves, boiling and filtered water.
Food and drink is permitted in the Library, if care is taken. Drinks must be in spill-proof containers.
Hot or strong-smelling food is only permitted in the hot food zones: beside the Café on Level 1 and DIY Kai on Level 2.
Manawatū Library provides close mobility parking, ramp access, automatic doors, lifts, accessible toilets and a Disabilities Resource Room.
Distance students are very welcome to visit Manawatū Library, and are entitled to use the same facilities and services as those studying internally. Please bring your ID card or, if you haven't received one, photo identification.
At the Service Point books will be issued for the longer distance loan period. Freepost return labels are available on request. Books from any Massey University Library may be returned to Manawatū Library. For more information about Library services for distance students please visit The Library for Distance Learning.
The print collection at Manawatū Library primarily supports the courses based at the Manawatū campus. Some specialist subject collections are held at other campus Libraries. Print resources (books or journal articles) that are available at any Massey University Library may be requested and will be posted directly to your home address.
Wāhi Rorohiko, the main computer space, is on Level 1 of the Library, with additional computers in the 500s room on Level 2. Computers are available for use by Massey University students (internal and distance) and staff during Library opening hours.
Please see our Wāhi Rorohiko (Computer Zone) page for information on:
Information Technology Services (ITS) labs and teaching rooms for students offer additional computing facilities, including a wider range of software than in the Manawatū Library.
Help is available during all opening hours. IT Assistants (Monday-Friday 8am-6pm) and Library staff provide help at the Service Point and by roving in the computer space.
Help sheets are also available, including:
Microsoft Office classes are also offered at the beginning of Semesters 1 and 2 and will be advertised on the Library Tours and Classes Schedule. Bookings are essential.
Computers are available on a first-come first-served basis. Computers may not be reserved, except by Library staff. Computers unattended for more than 15 minutes may be logged off by Library staff and made available for other users.
Use of the computers should be in accordance with the University’s Use and Access to Information Technology Systems Policy. Please limit activities that are not course-related (e.g. social networking, email) at peak times or when others are waiting to use computers.
CDs (CD-R and CD-RW) and headphones are sold at the Level 1 Service Point.
There are many wireless access points located throughout the Library. These allow Massey students and staff to connect free to the Massey wireless networking services provided by Information Technology Services. Commercial wireless ISP networks are available for visitors.
For more information on configuration and coverage, please visit http://wireless.massey.ac.nz.
If you need help please ask at the Service Point.
Powerpoints scattered throughout the Library may be used for mobile devices. A limited number of multiplug power boxes are available for borrowing from the Service Point. Care should be taken not to trail power cords across walkways.
MFDs (multifunctional devices) are available for printing, copying and scanning on Levels 1 and 2. Black and white, colour, A4, A3, and overhead transparency copying is available. Help is available from Service Point staff.
If you need help, please ask Library staff.
Writing Consultants from the Centre for Teaching and Learning can answer your questions about academic writing and study skills or give you feedback on your assignments structure, focus, paragraph structure, flow, presentation, use of sources, and referencing.
No appointment is needed but appointments are available.
Writing Consultants are available on Level 1 of Manawatū Library during semesters 1 and 2 at the following times:
Monday to Thursday: 9:30am to 9pm
Friday: 9:30am to 4pm
Display space is available in the Library on Level 1. This space can be in high demand so it is advisable to plan and book in advance.
To book a display space, please see staff at the Service Point, phone 3505670 or email email@example.com.
Please give a name and contact details of the person responsible for the display, and the duration of the display. Bookings will be confirmed within 3 working days.
Please remove the display by the last day booked to make way for the next booking. Otherwise Library staff will remove the material which will be kept for one week.
A Parents' Room is available on request for feeding babies and changing nappies. It has a small refrigerator.
Please ask at the Service Point, and Library staff will take you to the room.
USB drives and CDs are held at the Service Point for 3 months and are then recycled. All other lost property is held at the Service Point until collected by Security.
Please turn mobile phones off or onto silent mode in the Library. Phone calls should be made in group areas or the stairwells.
After-hours returns bins are at the front entrance of the Library, and at the back of the Library, which has drive-up access.
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Last updated on Thursday 26 March 2020