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The Audiovisual Collection contains both online resources and multimedia items to borrow. The Library provides facilities for you to watch DVDs and videos, listen to sound recordings, and view microfilms and microfiches.

You can also watch live streaming and recorded TV programs online through eTV.

You can access the Collection during normal Library opening hours.

How to use the Collection

DVDs from AV collection can be viewed on students’ laptops or Library student computers. Headphones are available to be borrowed from all the Campus libraries.

To request material at the Kelburn Library please go to the Glass Room on level 2.

There are dedicated AV viewing and listening facilities in the Kelburn Library.

WJ Scott and Architecture and Design Libraries have viewing and listening equipment. To use the equipment please ask at the desk.

What's in the collection

Online resources

The following collections include both live streaming and recorded content to watch and listen online:

DVDs and Videocassettes

The Audiovisual Collection has a large collection of video material. Up to two people may watch a videorecording using the individual viewing stations; groups of three or higher must book and use the Group Viewing Room at the Kelburn Library. Karori and Te Aro have VHS and DVD players available on demand.

Sound recordings

The Audiovisual Collection has a number of listening stations for sound recordings at the Kelburn Campus library. All campuses have headphones available for loan. Karori has a cassette player available, please ask at the desk.


Microfilms and microfiches store reduced-size copies of print documents on film. Special equipment is needed to view them. The Audiovisual Collection has a microform reader, which you can use to print or scan and save them to a memory stick or H: Drive. The reader is located in the Kelburn library on Level 0.

For help using the microform reader please talk to a Library staff member or use the self help guide.

File Size
Download the Microform reader self help guide 2.1 MB

Video Games

The Library's video games collection, partially owned by the School of Design, can be found by call number 'Game' in the Library catalogue. This is a small collection with games for the PS3 and Wii consoles. The Library owns only the games and not consoles. The games are available to all students and staff when there are no game-related classes in session. At that time they can be borrowed for one week, with no renewal. The collection is located at the Architecture and Design library on the Te Aro campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book Audiovisual Collection material for use at a particular time?

You can book audiovisual material that is on course reserve for a specific time, even if it is currently checked out, the same way you book other course reserve items. To book an item, first locate it on the Library Catalogue, then:

  1. Select 'Make a Request' in the blue sidebar. You may have to log in.
  2. Select 'Make a future booking' on the next screen.
  3. Select the appropriate location from the 'Pick up at' dropdown - Kelburn Library, or the appropriate library.
  4. Select the date and time you wish to reserve this item for.
  5. Click 'Submit' to make your booking.

Audiovisual material can be booked for up to four months in advance.

Please contact the Library if you have any difficulty or require assistance.

To reserve a viewer please use the online room booking system.

Can I copy a DVD, video, or sound recording from the Audiovisual Collection?

No. This is prohibited by the Copyright Act 1994.

There is however one exception: any programme recorded off air under the university’s Screenrights licence may be copied by any staff member or student provided it is for university teaching or study related purposes and provided the copy is labelled in accordance with the Screenrights license (see “do we need to label copies?” the Screenrights website).

Can I watch a video or DVD with my class?
Yes. We have two Group Viewing rooms available for viewing VHS's and DVD's, one on Level 1 in the Kelburn Library and another at the Language Learning Centre Use our Group Study Room booking system to book these rooms.

You can borrow headphone adapters at the Kelburn Library, which enable two people to watch and listen to a DVD or VHS film at the same viewing station. Please ask for these at the Service Point on level 1 of the Library.
Can the Library record broadcasts for me?
If you wish to record a programme for teaching or learning, you can now use the eTV service to request a recording.

For more information on how to use eTV please see our Digital TV guide.
How do I recommend an item for the Library to purchase?

If you would like to recommend a resource for addition to the library’s collection, send a recommendation to the library’s Collection Policy and Development Team who will evaluate it and make a final decision.

Purchase recommendations are welcome from all members of the University community.

The Library's Collection Development and Management Policy guides all purchase decisions.

Make a purchase recommendation

You can also contact your subject librarian directly to recommend an item for purchase.

I am a teaching staff member at a different campus. How do I access Audiovisual Collection material from the Kelburn Library?

Please fill out and submit an intersite request for the material you require. It will be sent to you through the intersite system.