Easter - 10 - 14 April 

Library staff working from home will be taking a break from 10 - 14 April. 
Online services like AskLIVE, appointments with subject librarians, and responding to email queries will be back on Wednesday 15th April.  

COVID-19 & Library Services

Information for all library users

  • Your loans will be extended, so don't worry about overdues or fines.
  • Please don't return your books and items to the library. All returns bins are closed.
  • Consult our website for the latest library information.
  • Explore a range of library resources you can access from home.
  • Contact us by email or live chat.


All UC libraries are closed from 5pm Tuesday 24 March 2020. The libraries will remain closed until further notice.
Library staff are working from home and are still providing library services online (see below for ways to contact/access our services).

Access to information resources

As you cannot return items on loan, items are being renewed automatically by the library. No fines will be incurred for items due anytime after the 9th March. Fines will not increase for items due before that date.

Requesting or the supply of physical items is no longer available. Guidance on the online resources available for your subject are available through our Subject Guides

Where a physical text is needed for teaching, alternatives are in place or under investigation. Please contact your subject librarian for assistance or use AskLIVE online chat.

Please continue to request interloans for any articles which are unavailable online. All New Zealand and overseas libraries have suspended physical supply of books but electronic supply may be possible.

To assist during this time, some of our publishers have made available resources beyond those covered by our subscription.
A list of resources that publishers have opened up can be seen in our subject guide https://canterbury.libguides.com/covid19-special-resources. The guide also contains a list of publishers who are providing free access to journal articles about Covid-19.

We have temporarily turned off new purchases in Kanopy during the lockdown period due to unsustainable cost increases. You will continue to have access to all currently licenced videos. Purchases will resume on 20th April to support Term 2 teaching.

Contact us

Asklive chat service is available 8.30-20.30 weekdays and 10.30-20.30 weekends

Subject Librarians are available to help and you can speak with them by phone, email or audio/video conference.

Email library@canterbury.ac.nz


Please also refer to the UC COVID-19 information page for further guidance for the UC community.