COVID-19 & Library Services


Library Services under COVID-19 Alert Levels

Information for all Library Users

Under Alert Level 1 (from Tuesday 22 September) all UC Libraries are open. 

We welcome back our external borrowers and ULANZ members.

Person limits for library buildings have been removed but you are still advised to scan Canterbury Cards and/or building QR codes for contact-tracing purposes.  Extra surface cleaning, hand sanitiser and GermShield are still being provided.

Alert Level 1 Service Information

  • Subject Librarian appointments
    Under Alert Level 1 Subject librarians are available for in person appointments again.
  • Postgraduate and staff 'click and post' postal service will remain an option through semester 2 - to help us manage due dates and grace periods we may change your borrower account to a distance borrower account if you select Postal Service pick up options.
  • Return of items for those not able to return to campus
    If you are unable to bring library items to campus you can return them via our Freepost address. 
    Freepost Library
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800
    Christchurch 8140  

Make your own high-quality cotton facemask - video tutorial from our Te Rua Makerspace session.

The 2 videos below detail the steps involved to create a good quality, comfortable face mask using cotton fabric of your choice.
Please note that while this will offer some protection, this is not a medical grade mask.

The 2 videos run for 14 minutes total.

Pattern availible here  

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, audio/video conference (Alert Levels 2-4). And also in person in Alert Level 1.



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