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Services for Postgraduates

Unitec Library welcomes you to your postgraduate study. We recognise that postgraduate study means you will need to study your subject at a deeper level and will be more research based. This guide will give you an overview of the extra library services available to postgraduate students. We urge you to make maximum use of the library and approach staff for help at any time.


All current students have library membership. To borrow and use our services you must have your current student ID card. More about borrowing.

Distance services

The library's distance service is available free of charge to anyone who lives outside the Greater Auckland. More about our distance services.

Inter-Library loans

If you require a book or journal article which is not held by Unitec library you may obtain it through interlibrary loans. You are allowed up to 40 requests per year free of charge, except for books obtained from overseas. After 40 items you will be charged $15.00 per item. More about inter-library loans.

Library & information skills training

We offer information skills sessions to postgraduate students. Your lecturer can arrange a library training session for your class and we also provide individual tutorials. Our How to Research page provides an introduction to basic library research skills.

Subject Libraians

Each department has a subject libraians, who acts as a link between the library and post-graduate students, and provides the following services:

  • Personal library orientation. Contact your subject libraians for a personal library orientation and introduction to our services and resources. This also gives us an opportunity to find out about your information needs.
  • If you are off-campus or part-time we encourage you to use email or phone to contact us.
  • We are experts in finding information. We suggest you discuss your research with us early in the research process.

Book an appointment with your Subject Libraians here


Many Unitec theses are available online through the Unitec Research Bank. Links to online theses can also be found on LibrarySearch under the Catalogue tab. The Te Puna Library also holds a print copy of some Unitec theses in a closed collection. These print copies are listed in our catalogue, and can only be used in the Library.

Theses from other universities are interfiled in the general collection and may be borrowed.

Guide to the Presentation of Theses

Please contact your supervisor for UNITEC's Guide to the presentation of theses. It includes guidelines on language, style, format and copyright.

Reference Management Software

Mendeley is the referencing management software recommended for postgraduate students at Unitec. This cloud-based software program allows you to create, store and manage bibliographic references, which are useful for writing academic papers. It allows you to import references from the library catalogue and databases directly into your reference ‘library’.

SPSS & NVivo

There are two statistical software available to use at Unitec. Unitec is moving towards NVivo and recommend new users to learn this software. See the guide NVivo for more information,

SPSS, the statistical software from IBM, can be downloaded and installed on your own computer. It does require a personal authorization code which the library provides. See the Library Guide to SPSS for download links and instructions.


Our How to Research page provides an introduction to basic library research skills. For further help, please contact your Subject Libraians.