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Library and Learning Centre
Te Whare Pukapuka Wāhanga Whakapakari Ako

Membership & Borrowing


Access to the Library is free for learners and staff of Open Polytechnic and Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand. 

Ebooks and other online resources are available 24/7 and are accessed via your Open Polytechnic login (or, for Te Rito Maioha see here).

Print books can be requested using your My Account login. This is a separate library account which allows you to view and renew any print books you have borrowed.
See Request, renew, return print books to learn more.

What's in the Library?

The library gives you access to thousands of electronic resources as well as print items. These are available through our own collection/catalogue, and the research databases we subscribe to. 

Many of the resources listed in your course are accessed via the library. You'll also find additional articles, ebooks, print books, reports and other resources that you may request or read online.

Set texts

Your course may have set texts. These are books that you will refer to throughout the course. The Library does not lend print copies of set texts but some are available as ebooks. Find them using the Catalogue search option above.

Loan Lengths

Item type Loan length  Renewals
Learner Staff
books (print) 21 days 42 days up to 3 
magazines, journals 10 days 10 days N/A
ebooks varies varies N/A (but can reloan)

If a print item you have on loan is requested by another user we may send you a recall notice asking you to return it. If you receive a recall notice please return the item by the new due date.

Ebooks and online resources are often available to read online immediately. Some ebooks may be in use - try again in 30 minutes to check availability. Be sure to exit out of the ebook when finished so another student can access it.

Request, renew, return print books

Requesting print books

We can send print books to you free of charge with a return courier bag.Book in courier bag

You will see a Request option within a book's record.
To request multiple books at once, follow these instructions:

  1. Select the Catalogue search option above.
  2. Enter your keywords in the search box and hit enter.
  3. From your list of results, tick the box to the left of each book* you want to borrow. 
  4. Click Saved Marked Records
  5. Click View Saved.
  6. Click Request Saved.
  7. Follow the login instructions.
  8. Click Request

* note: 'ebooks' do not need to be requested as they are accessed online.


Print books can be renewed (extended) up to 3 times (unless the book has reserves waiting, i.e. is in demand by other borrowers). Login to My Account to view and renew items.

Returning items

We supply a prepaid courier bag. To return your books, either book a courier pick-up or take the items to your nearest NZ Post Shop. Keep the customer copy barcode or NZ Post receipt as your record of return.

You can keep any printed articles we send you.

If you have moved recently please contact us to ensure we have your correct address.