Alumni & the UC Library and Bookshop

UC Alumni Virtual Book Club

Looking to diversify your reading list, engage with others or get motivated to read more? We have partnered with PBC Guru to provide an engaging space for alumni to come together to get excited about the written word! The club connects through private forums where all participants can discuss the current book and meet fellow alumni.

Joining is free! There is approx. one book every two months so you can read at your own pace and fit it into your schedule.

Join the community now!


The University Book Shop (UBS) on campus is offering a 10% discount to all alumni.  The discount applies to all full price items, including books, gifts, stationery and University of Canterbury merchandise (texbooks excluded).  The discount applies to orders online and in-store.   

Online: Visit the UBS website here to shop online.  Use code ALUMNI22 in the discount field while you're viewing your cart (The discount does not apply to textbooks).  Shipping/freight is $5 flat fee, NZ addresses only.

In-store: Simply mention that you are UC alumni at the desk when paying and they can apply the 10% discount code.
Phone: 03 364 2043 or 0800 827 266

University of Canterbury Library

Membership to the University of Canterbury Library is now free for alumni, and a new borrower card will also be provided at no cost. 

If you wish to apply for a Library membership, you will need to provide proof of a physical address in Canterbury, as well as photo ID such as your drivers licence or passport. 

To apply, simply fill out an application form at the Information Desk of any UC library. Please note, however, that applications cannot be processed after 9pm at the Central Library. Also, while alumni can borrow from the physical Library collections, unfortunately the Library are unable to offer access to electronic resources, such as online journal articles and e-books. 

For more information about a Library membership, please refer to the UC Library website.

Canterbury University Press

The UC Alumni 15% discount applies to the RRP of CUP titles ordered from CUP's online catalogue. Orders will be filled by Nationwide Book Distributors, who will also process payments manually and apply the discount.

Visit the Canterbury University Press website here

Alumni need to use the code UCALUMNI in the ‘Additional Information’ field when ordering. When ordering, the discount won’t be evident in the shopping cart total, but the 15% discount will be applied by Nationwide when processing the payment.

For additional assistance please contact Nationwide Book Distributors 
Phone+64 3 312 1603 or Freephone (NZ)0800 990 123