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Monday, August 20, 2018

Take our library survey and go in to win an ipad

Complete the survey now

Help us improve Unitec's Library services by taking part in the 2018 survey online at http://library.unitec.ac.nz/survey

Students who complete the survey also go into the draw to win an ipad! The winner will be contacted by the library after the closing date.

The survey is open to all Unitec staff and students from 20 August - 2 September.

Thank you for taking part in this survey.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Ebook and Scitech outages - Sunday 19 August

On Sunday 19 August Proquest is performing routine maintenance on their products.

Online ebook access may be restricted from 4am to 9 am.

Scitech Premium Collection database may be inaccessible from 2pm to 10pm.  

We apologies for any inconvenience these outage may cause.

For any queries please contact us here

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book a seat in an Academic Skills or Career Workshop

There are lots of exciting free workshops on offer to students.  Find a workshop that suits your needs and book your place.

Academic Skills Workshops

 Topics covered in workshops are
  • Academic writing (English Language Focus)
  • Analysing and answering assignment questions
  • APA referencing
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective strategies for academic reading
  • Essay writing essentials
  • Establishing an Effective Study Routine (preview, review and notetaking)
  • How to read a journal article
  • Key study skills
  • Oral presentations
  • Paraphrasing: Writing effectively in your own words
  • Proofreading strategies
  • Report writing essentials
  • Taking notes in lectures
  • Time Management
  • Tips for assignment writing
  • Writing a good paragraph
  • Writing a literature review
See the 2018 Semester 2 Academic Skills and Career Workshops timetable


Library Workshops

Topics covered in workshops are

Library Resources
  • Sage Research Methods
  • Creative Commons: Using images and digital media
Reference Management Software
  • Mendeley
  • Zotero
See the 2018 Semester 2 Library workshop timetable


Postgraduate Workshops

Topics covered in workshops are
  •  Academic writing for postgraduate study
  •  APA Referencing
  •  Critical thinking
  •  How to read a journal article
  •  Literature review 1: Getting started
  •  Literature review 2: Working on the writing
  •  Long documentation for thesis/dissertation (MS Word)
  •  Oral presentations
  •  Paraphrasing: Writing effectively in your own words
  •  Planning and writing a research proposal
  •  Preparing a good thesis or dissertation
  •  Proofreading Strategies
  •  Reading for postgraduate study
  •  Research ethics: How to prepare a strong application
See the 2018 Semester 2 Postgraduate workshop timetable


Career Workshops

Topics covered in workshops 
  • CV / cover letters - make a great first impression
  • CV and Cover Letter Essentials
  • International Workshop - Developing your Personal Brand
  • International Workshop - Starting your Career in NZ
  • Looking for a job? Here's how!
  • Making a good impression with employers. Preparing for Career Expos and Networking
  • Making the most of Expos and other employment opportunities
  • Making to most of your online presence
  • Preparing for interview and making the shortlist
  • Understanding what you have to offer employers
Check out the Career workshop timetable


Free4U Computing Skills

Update your computer skills with one of these courses
  • Getting Started in Computing (onsite only)
  • Keyboarding (onsite only)
  • Introduction to Internet and Email (onsite only)
  • Introduction to Word 2016 Part 1 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to Word 2016 Part 2 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to Excel 2016 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to Publisher 2016 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 (onsite or online)
Check out the Free4U website page for more details.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Samoan Language Week 2018 at Unitec Library

             Talofa lava! Come celebrate Samoan Language Week with Unitec Library.
                 “Alofa atu nei. Alofa mai taeao" – Kindness given. Kindness gained”.

The theme is based on the principle of reciprocity offering compassion and kindness that connects the people of the Pacific. This will run from Sunday 27 May - Saturday 2 June 2018.

Gagana Samoa is the third most spoken language in New Zealand. This week coincides with Samoa’s Independence Day on Friday 1 June 2018, celebrating 56 years since the Pacific nation became independent in 1962.

Unitec Library has resources both in print and electronic to help you learn and become familiar in Samoan language. Check out the Unitec Library catalogue and our Pacific subject guide.

Come in and see our display at Unitec Waitākere Library.

Use the hashtag #SamoanLanguageWeek to follow the events on social media.

For more information visit these websites:

Longer opening hours in June for study and exam weeks

Unitec libraries in Te Puna and Waitākere will be open longer hours over the study and exam weeks period, from Saturday 9 June - Friday 29 June 2018. Te Puna (Building 180) - 9 June to 29 June 2018

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Weekends: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Waitākere library - 9 June to 29 June 2018

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Weekends: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Building 1 library - open usual hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday: Closed

For full details see Library Hours

For more information contact us

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Flag down the Mt Albert campus shuttle

You can now flag the shuttle down anywhere on Mt Albert campus!

The shuttle runs every 20 minutes all day on the campus loop.  You can flag it down anytime and anywhere along the route and the driver will stop (at the closest and safest stopping point).

During peak times 7:30–8.45am and 3:00-4:45pm the shuttle also does pick-ups from Mt Albert train station (look for the van on the corner of Carrington Road and Willcott Street - next to The Lodge Cafe) and the Pt Chev shops (outside KFC on Great North Road) every 20 minutes.

There are covered stops by B112 and B001.

Check out the shuttle route below – and look out for the orange X signs on the pavement across Mt Albert campus for the route.

Mt Albert – Waitākere shuttle timetable

Remember that the shuttle runs regularly between Mt Albert and Waitākere campuses.  Check out the inter-campus shuttle timetable.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Libraries go cashless from 30 April

Libraries go cashless from Thursday 30 April  2018

Our libraries will no longer accept cash payments for fines from Monday 30 April. Electronic payments will allow us to track transactions more accurately and remove the need to hold cash at public desks.

Through the student portal, students and staff can make real-time payments which will immediately be reflected in the library system. Check out how to do this (60 sec)

Eftpos payments can also be made at the desk at any of our library branches, or the ‘Ask Me’ desk at Te Puna.

If you have any questions, please contact Manager, Services Gail Dallimore gdallimore@unitec.ac.nz

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ebook platform outage on Sun 22 April

On Sunday from 2pm to 7pm access to online ebooks may be restricted due to maintenance by the supplier.

We apologies for any inconvenience these outage may cause.

For any queries please contact us here

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Unitec libraries go cashless from 30 April

With the changing world, the libraries at Unitec have decided to move away from accepting fine payments in cash.  This will enable better tracking of transactions, and remove the need to hold cash at public desks.

Through the student portal, students are able to make real-time payments.  These payments are reflected immediately in the library system.

Payment by EFTpos can still be made at the library / Ask Me desks in all library branches.

For more information, contact us

Monday, March 12, 2018

Easter Hours 2018

There are no classes taught at Unitec over the Easter break from 30 March to 3 April.  

 Unitec libraries, Ask Me desk and Student Central hours over this period are as follows:

 30 March 
31 March
 1 April
2 April
3 April
Te Puna Library
(Ask Me)
Mt Albert
Closed  9am-4.30pm Closed  Closed   9am-4.30pm 
Building 1
Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
Closed  Closed  Closed Closed Closed
Mt Albert
Closed  Closed  Closed Closed 9am-4.30pm

Please note: when the library is closed, you can still return your items through the After Hours Returns slot.
  • For Building 1 library, return your items to building 110 or Te Puna Library during operating hours above.
  • For Waitākere library, use the Waitākere Public library after hour slot on level 1.
  • These slots can only be used when the library is closed.
  • Items returned through these slots will be checked in before the library is open next.  
  • Laptops must be returned to the desk where it was issued.
Check our Library Hours page for full details and special dates and Library Facebook page for updates.
For more information, contact us.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Start strong in 2018

Learn essential computer and study skills to help you succeed at Unitec:

Study skills, academic writing and referencing

Computer / IT skills
Study guides & Study toolbox
  • Find the Library's subscription and latest databases by name, subject or vendor. To find even more e-resources including free websites in your subject area go to the relevant Subject Guide.  (Click here to Subject and Study Guides)
  • Take sometime to explore the Study Toolbox. The Library and Learning and Achievement have created resources to help you in your studies. Click here to Study Toolbox
The Ask Me desk staff can help you with questions about these workshop or any other problems you may have.  See opening hours here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Te Puna building 180 - level 1 limited access on Thursday 15 February

 Students will have restricted access to level 1 of Te Puna Building 180 from 7:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday 15 February.  An all-staff event is being held in Te Puna during this time.   

Access Te Puna via Student Central entrance, or by the Breaktime shop opposite B183.   Use the Red Lecture Theatre entrance to access levels 2 and 3 and the Health Centre on level 0.

Student kitchen and microwaves remain accessible.

Ask Me desk services are available from student kitchen side of desk.

Quiet spaces for study are available on level 2 and 3. 

The Health Centre on Level 0 can be accessed from the Red Lecture Theatre Entrance or via the outside stairs by walking around the building.

Library resources on Level 1 (call numbers 000-199, all journals, recreational reading and the hold shelves) will be unavailable from Wednesday afternoon until late Thursday afternoon.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, January 22, 2018

SafetyHub database unavailable Tues 23rd 2018

The Safetyhub database will be unavailable from 8:00am - 5:00pm on Tuesday 23 January 2018, due to updates and upgrades. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause.