The Library can send books to students who are on placement.
We will send the books to your address in eVision so change this to your placement address before you place your request; eVision
If you live in one of the main centres around New Zealand you may use the local University Library to borrow books.
You will need proof of your enrolment at the University of Otago, and address details to join.
The New Zealand Libraries which have agreed to share their collections are:
The friendly Distance Library Team (from left) Christy, Jacinda, Emma, Jessie, Bronwyn and Claire
Absent: Tanya and Lucy
Who can use the Distance Library Service?
About the Distance Library Service:
This short video talks you through the process - click on the image to open the video in a new window:
For questions about delivery of books and journal articles email: email@example.com
Freephone: 0800 347 826 or 0800 DISTANT (NZ only) (24 hour answer phone)
Phone: 64 3 479 8940 (24 hour answer phone)
For help on using Library resources for your assignments and research contact your Subject Librarian
You can request part of a book or a journal article to be scanned and emailed to you, using Library Search | Ketu:
Watch an instructional video - or follow instructions below
Use the Library Search | Ketu for your campus: Library Search - campus view
*Sign in – You need to be signed in to get full access to online content and options for placing requests.
* this step is very important!
Enter the book or journal title in the search box, choose Title from the drop-down menu.
Click on Search. If we hold the item it will appear in the results list. If needed, you can refine your results using the filters on the left-hand side.
‘Available Online’ indicates an ebook or ejournal and you should be able to access it online. For journals, check the dates listed against the database name to make sure the database has the year that you want.
If the book or journal isn’t available online, look for an ‘Available in the Library’ version in the results list.
Click on ‘Available in the Library’.
Click on ‘Scan Request’.
In ‘Part to scan’ enter the chapter details, you can copy and paste your citation.
Enter the volume, issue and date of the article into the ‘Manual Description’ box.
In ‘Part to scan’ enter the article details, you can copy and paste your citation.
If we don’t have the volume / issue number you require use the ‘Request an Interloan’ option and we will get it for you.
‘Not needed after’ is an optional field.
Click on ‘Request’. You’ll see a Request placed message, if your request was successful.
We will scan the section you want (within copyright guidelines) and email it to your @otago or @op email address.
Can’t find it in Library Search?
If we don’t have the item you want in print or online, you can request it using ‘Get It’ Interloan:
Get It Interloan for OU students
Get It Interloan for Polytech students
If you have any queries, please do contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org Or Freephone: 0800 347 826