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Distance Services

Nau Mai & Welcome to the Distance Services page, a good place to start when searching for resources to support your studies. If you have any questions email your Subject Librarian.


Who can use the Library Distance Services ?

Students who have enrolled in a course as Distance Students are entitled to use the Library Distance Services. Your contact details will be added to the Library database using the information provided on your course enrolment form. Please advise us if your contact details change during your course.

How many books may I borrow? 

You may have up to ten items on loan at any one time.

How long can I keep these? 

The loan period is four weeks; this includes delivery and return time. Items may be renewed twice if you have no overdues, and if no one has reserved them. Items with a one-week loan period will be issued to you at the discretion of Library staff, based upon distance and demand constraints.

How do I find out if the Library has the books I need? 

Using Search Rapua enables you to identify many of the specific resources which relate to your research prior to submitting a loan request. Follow the Search tips in the help guide, or phone us for help.

What happens if the book I want is not available? 

Items listed as On Loan can be reserved by signing in and requesting the item. Items not held by this Library may be interloaned from another library for you by Library staff. Undergraduates are limited to four interloans per assignment.

What types of material can be scanned or photographed for me? 

  • Chapters of books in heavy demand
  • High Demand / Reference material
  • Articles from journals
  • Limitations: To comply with the Copyright Act of 1994, the Library must limit the photocopies it supplies to you. We can provide: up to 10% or one chapter of a work, whichever is the larger; one or part of one article from a periodical publication, or additional articles if they are on the same subject.
  • Only articles covered by the Institute's Copyright license may be photocopied.

Can I find journal articles in the library collections?

If you are looking for a specific article and know the details of journal title, volume and issue, you may be able to link to an electronic copy using Search Rapua. Use Advanced Search; type the title of the journal  and select Journal as a Resource Type. If the Library subscribes to the electronic version of the journal, you will be able to follow links to the correct year, volume, issue and article.

If you are looking for articles on a topic, you will need to use a journal database. The Library provides a range of online databases, covering a variety of subjects such as management and business, nursing, education, computing, and New Zealand topics.

Information Services staff will be happy to discuss with you which databases will suit your information needs and provide you with database instructions.

Click here for guides to accessing e-journals, and searching databases.

What if I have a specific research topic, but I don't know which books I need? 

In most cases Library staff will conduct a search for you and email a list of books/articles to you. You may then select the items you feel are most relevant to your topic and return the list to us. Please allow sufficient time for Library staff to process your initial request as well as respond to your selection. Select the Research Assistance tab above and fill in the online form to request assistance.

How do I request material? 

Select the relevant tab from the Book or Article choices above and complete the online form. Alternatively you may use the format to note the necessary details and then make your request by phone, email or letter. It is important to provide all relevant details of the item(s) you are requesting, as well as your current contact information.

Items are supplied to you without charge. Delivery will be by post or courier, at the discretion of the Library. If your preferred delivery address is at work rather than at home, please advise us when you make a request.

What happens when I need to return the books to the Library? 

The date that the item is due back at the Library will be written on the label on the back of the book. For convenience a returns label will be supplied with items sent to you. You can reuse the bag in which items were sent to you by placing the returns label over the original mailing label. Please note that return costs are your responsibility.

Electronic copies or photocopies supplied to you do not need to be returned.

What if I'm not finished with a book when it is due?

If you would like to extend the loan period of an item issued to you, renew online by using My Library Record from the library website, or contact us via phone or email (Phone: (09) 968-8777; email: Your ID number and the details of the book(s) will be needed. Items cannot be renewed if they: are overdue; have already been renewed twice; or have been reserved by another borrower.

Can I visit the Library? 

Students, particularly those who live in Auckland area, may prefer to come to the Library. The Information Services team look forward to meeting you, and assisting with on-site access to all of our resources. You may wish to phone us in advance to ensure that we are available to help you.

Can I use other Libraries? 

While the Library at Manukau Institute of Technology is a student's first and primary resource for course-related material, you may find it helpful to join and utilise your local library for supplementary information.