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Loan periods

 • Maximum 10 items  
 • Books 3 weeks
 • 1 week loan books 1 week
 • Serials, DVDs 1 week

Distance Students
 • Maximum 10 items  
 • Books 4 weeks
 • 1 week loan books 1 week
 • Serials, DVDs 2 weeks

High Demand
 • 1 item only 2 hours

 • Maximum 20 items  
 • Books 4 weeks
 • 1 week loan books 1 week
 • DVDs, serials 1 week


Items may be renewed twice except for High Demand books which may be renewed once. Make sure you renew books before they are overdue. You can renew items:

If calling, emailing or texting please provide your student ID number.

Borrowing basics

  • A current MIT ID card is also your library card and needs to be produced when borrowing items
  • Borrow items at the Lending Desks or self-issue machine at MIT Otara Library. At the Maritime Library, borrow items from reception when the library is not staffed
  • Return items to a returns slot at any of our libraries or after hours return slots, except at the Maritime Library, where they can be returned directly to a librarian or at reception
  • Return High Demand books to the Lending Desks
  • Login to My Library Record to check or renew your borrowed items
  • Items may be recalled by others. Check your MIT email or if you have opted in for Text Alerts, check your mobile device, to avoid overdue fines

You are responsible for

  • Items borrowed on your ID card
  • Returning or renewing items by their due date
  • Replacement charges for lost or damaged items and associated administration charges if invoiced 
  • Fines for overdue items. Recalled items are subject to overdue fines of $3 per day
  • Failure to pay fines and other charges will prevent re-enrolment or graduation

Reciprocal borrowing between MIT and UNITEC

As a Manukau Institute of Technology student or staff member you are eligible to borrow books in person from the Unitec library. You first need to fill in an application form and take it along to any of the Unitec Library branches. Their borrowing policy applies to all borrowed material.

Library Lending Desk

Lending Desk, Main Library, Otara

Requesting items

By using our library catalogue you can recall items that are on loan to another student or request an item from another campus.  We will phone you and send an email (to your MIT email address) or text you (if you have signed up for text alerts) to notify you when the book is available to collect.  

Interlibrary loans

Borrow or request books and articles from other libraries in New Zealand using the interloan service.  All currently enrolled Manukau Institute of Technology students and staff can use the interloan service for study and research purposes.  Visit our interlibrary loan page for more information.