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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Longer loans for journals

We recognise that it can take longer than three days to read a journal/magazine/serial. Journals can now be loaned for 3 weeks (if another person has not requested it). The loan is for 1 week with 2 automatic renewals of 1 week.

The journals are shelved alongside books of the same Dewey numbers in boxes in order of year of publication.

A few journals cannot be borrowed, but these are clearly labelled as Not for Loan, with most of the journal collection available to staff and students.

You can find out if we have a specific journal title by searching the library catalogue LibrarySearch and by browsing the library shelves.

The most recent issues are on a display shelf at the front of Te Puna and on a new journals display shelf in Waitākere library.

Check out the library website for more details about borrowing rules and limits.

The change of loan length will take effect for journals issued after 15 November 2022.

If you have any questions, please email library@unitec.ac.nz.

New issues of journals on display in the New Books area on level 1 of Te Puna  Journals are shelved alongside books with the same Dewey numbers




Thursday, September 29, 2022

Returning library items at end of your studies

At the end of your time studying at Unitec, you are required to return all your library items. You will be reminded via email sent to your preferred email address, to return your loaned items within two weeks of your last class. You will be charged for all outstanding loans within a month of your final class.


Returning these items to the library will remove the outstanding fees from your Unitec account. Large outstanding fees may be referred to our debt collection agency.


We encourage you to speak to a library team leader if you have problems locating or paying for lost items.



Need to return library books?


At Mt Albert Campus there are two outdoor library return boxes. One return box is near Student Central outside Te Puna B180 doors - opposite the Copy Centre, and the other return box is by Breaktime opposite B183.

You can also return items to the Ask Me desk.


At Waitākere Campus you can return Unitec library items through the Waitākere Public Library returns slot and within the Unitec Library.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Co-branding with Unitec and Te Pūkenga logos

Unitec became a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga on 1 April 2020.   

In order to increase awareness of this change, Unitec websites will start displaying the Te Pūkenga logo alongside the Unitec logo.

This includes the Library, Study Toolbox and Student Success appointment booking pages.






You may also see the Te Pūkenga branding at the bottom of the web pages.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Library system service outage - Sunday 3 July 2022

On Sunday 3 July 2022, LibrarySearch will be unavailable due to data migration work being completed by our vendor.  This outage will last most of the day.

During this time, you will be unable to:

  • access the Library catalogue (LibrarySearch), including browsing, placing requests, and loaning items
  • view your current loans, pending requests or fines and fees in LibrarySearch
  • search for journals and databases via the Library catalogue.  You can still access the databases through the Databases A-Z
  • loan any items from a library branch

Accessing Library services during the interruptions

We encourage you to plan if you will require any library resources during the maintenance period.
During the service interruptions you will still be able to access the following Library services:

Return to regular service 

Access to Library systems will return to normal after the maintenance period.

Please contact library@unitec.ac.nz if you have any queries about this outage.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Change to library processes regarding lost books

Unitec library print books and other physical library items are resources provided for the use of all students and staff. Increasingly loaned items are not being returned.

To encourage the return of loaned items we will be shortening the time before the item is declared lost. Once the item is declared lost the borrower is liable for the cost of the item as a debt owing to Unitec. This debt will result in blocks to library services and may also block enrolment in Unitec courses and graduation.

If the book is returned the debt will be removed.

If the book is not returned the blocks will remain in place and we may pass the debt to a debt collection service.

Please contact libadmin@unitec.ac.nz if you have any queries about this change.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Discontinuing Library text notification service

The library will no longer offer a text service.

You will still receive emails to your preferred email address regarding the availability of your library request and the pending due date and lost status of your loans.

You can update your email address in student self-service via the student portal.

Please contact library@unitec.ac.nz if you have any queries about this change.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Fred Tschopp Collection

Fred Tschopp came to New Zealand at the start of the Depression and made plans for five parks in Auckland, such as Craigavon Park.  He also worked on many other major projects around the country.  

Unitec Library holds a special collection of materials related to his work in New Zealand.


Who was Fred Tschopp?


Fred Tschopp was born in 1901 and died in 1980. He was American and did a lot of work in and around Los Angeles. In the late 1920s, he and his wife decided to go on a big world exploration, which led him to arrive in New Zealand. He was provided with many letters of recommendation from people in the US who he had worked with/for, recommending him as a trustworthy gentleman and a fine landscape architect. We have many of these letters. During his time in New Zealand, he worked for the Borough of Mt Albert, worked on landscaping Parliament House and Premier House, and was heavily involved in what appears to be his biggest project of landscaping the city of Rotorua. This work was done in the early 1930s.


Location of the collection


The collection is in a cabinet in the quiet study area on Level 3 of Te Puna. It is in a half-height tambour. 

Access to the collection

The cabinet is currently locked.  Send an email to libinfo@unitec.ac.nz to arrange a time to access the cabinet.  These items cannot be removed from the library.  

What do we have in the collection?
  • Diagrams and photos of his work in Los Angeles and California
  • Letters of recommendation for Fred Tschopp from previous clients – primarily in the US
  • A letter from the Minister of Lands from 1930 recommending Fred Tschopp for his work
  • Loose pages from the Parliament House specification
  • The Parliament House specification (apparently with all pages)
  • Photo of proposed landscaping for Parliament House
  • A significant number of newspaper articles, diagrams, plans, letters etc. for the work he did with the landscape of Rotorua
  • Newspaper articles, letters etc. from Fred Tschopp’s time of employment as a landscape architect for the Borough of Mt Albert
  • Some photos of his adventures around the world on his big world exploration
  • Other communication between the USA and New Zealand to/from Fred Tschopp
  • Communication between Fred Tschopp and Matthew Bradbury, Professor in Landscape Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology (including his role in establishing the Masters in Landscape Architecture program)
  • Photos, letters, research paper and ephemera of a research paper done later about Fred Tschopp
  • Various books in landscape architecture once owned by Tschopp
To see the collection do a keyword search in the library catalogue for the phrase "Fred Tschopp Collection"