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How to borrow

  • Current library Associate Membership and a Campus Card (ID) are required to borrow items.
  • Use The Catalogue to find and locate available books. Online resources eg, e-books are accessible from a University of Auckland library computer only.
  • Visit and borrow from any University of Auckland Library, including Philson Library.
  • Request books be delivered to Greenlane and community sites via the internal mail.
  • Another library member may borrow on your behalf, see proxy patron service.

What you can borrow and for how long

  • If someone recalls a book you have on loan, you must return it by the new due date to avoid fines or having your Campus Card (ID) blocked.
  • The standard loan period applies to books and On-Demand Collection journals and theses.
  Standard Loan period Maximum items
allowed on loan*
ADHB staff
28 days or
5 days if there is a waiting list
Renew to a maximum loan period of 56 days
Honorary Clinical Appointments 60 days or
5 days if there is a waiting list
Renew to a maximum loan period of 180 days


  • Most journals, including all unbound journals, are for use within the relevant library only.
  • Most print journals in the Philson Library may not be borrowed.
  • Borrowable journals are usually 3 day or 7 day loans and may not be renewed.
  • Journals in On-Demand Collection may be borrowed for the standard loan period.

Philson Short Loan items

  • Items in Short Loan collections are usually issued for 2 hours
  • They may be renewed twice, if no one has reserved them.
  • Items may be reserved at the lending desk for use later in the day.
  • You may borrow Short Loan items overnight. They must be issued in the last two hours before the library closes and returned within the first half hour of opening to avoid fines.
  • Some items are available for 3, 5 or 7 day loans. These are not usually renewable.

New Zealand Reference Collection (Philson Library)

  • Ask at the Philson Library Lending Desk.
  • To be used in the library only.


  • Usually 7 days.

Missing Items

  • Ask for assistance if you are unable to locate an item on library shelves.
  • You may have the library contact you if a missing item is found.
  • If we don't have the item you want, request it and we'll obtain it from elsewhere.
  • The Catalogue indicates when items are temporarily unavailable:
  • At Bindery - the item has been sent away for binding. You may request a specific article or journal volume.