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Distance Students: The Distance Library Service

This is a guide to Library services and resources for Distance students


Welcome to the Distance Library Service

If you're a University of Otago Distance student, OR are enrolled in an on-campus paper, but live or are on placement outside Dunedin, you can request items for Home Delivery, and scans of book chapters or articles.

If you're on placement, check the 'Students on Placement' section of this guide for how to request books and scans.

Students registered with Disability Information and Support may also be eligible - contact the office for more information: Disability Information and Support.

All Distance Library Services are FREE!   If you request an item for Home Delivery, we send it to your home address by courier, and you can return them this way too. Scans of articles and book chapters are sent to your @otago email.

Help us to send things to the right place

  • Items for Home Delivery go to the home address you have entered into eVision, so please make sure it's correct before placing requests.
  • All library emails, including scans, go to your student @otago email address, so if you don't check this regularly, set up auto forward.  Find out how on the Uni ITS webpage: Student Webmail

On this page:

How to request books and scans.

Quicklinks to useful Library resources.

How to contact us

Links to other libraries you can use.



How to Request books and scans


Read: How to request items for Home Delivery, chapter and article scans  (opens in a new window).

Watch:  the videos (click on the images below to see how to request books and scans).

Link to video: Distance students: request scans






REMEMBER RECALLS! All books may be requested by another borrower, at any time, and an earlier due date assigned. We'll email you with the new due date. Usually you will get seven days to return a recalled book - if they become overdue the fine is $3.00 per day.

Contact us...

We're here to help you


Freephone: 0800 347 826 or 0800 DISTANT (NZ only) (24 hour answer phone)

Phone:   +64 (0)3 479 8940 (24 hour answer phone)

For help on using Library resources for your assignments and research contact your Subject Librarian

Other Libraries you can use

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: