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The Otago LibGuides are changing! The system will undergo a major update from 17 June to 15 July. You can learn more by taking a look at our LibGuides prototype here.

Medicine: Books

Looking for a known book?

1. If you already know the book that you are looking for, there are some short video guides on the Library's Self-Help pages to help you.

There is also a separate guide on the Library's search tool Library Search | Ketu

How to find a book on the shelf

This guide explains how to find a book on the shelf using the Call Number from the record on Library Search

e.g. WB102 EX65 2011


Need more books? Try our Interloan service


If you need a book that is not available via the University of Otago Library, you can request a free copy (from libraries in Australasia) using the Interloan service (a book from beyond Australasia incurs a charge, but the Library will ask you first!):

ULANZ - Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement

University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) is a borrowing scheme that allows staff and students of Australian and New Zealand universities* to borrow in person from any other participating university library.

ULANZ allows borrowing in person by registered users. 

*EXCEPT for The University of Auckland.


The Library's collection of e-books is always growing. Benefits of e-books include:

  • Instant/anytime access
  • They can be downloaded (for a specified period of time) or read online
  • The entire text is serachable and 'sticky notes' can be added
  • A percentage of the publication can be printed/saved
  • The e-book URL is permanent so you go back to a publication instantly

E-Books sampler

LWW Health Library

The LWW Health Library platform provides authoritative texts, multimedia resources, and teaching & learning tools for medical education and the health professions. Users have access to texts, cases, self-assessment tools, procedure videos and audio files covering specialist subject collections: Basic Sciences (e.g. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Physiology), Anaesthesiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Exercise Science, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedic Surgery,  Pathology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, and Surgery.

Springer Reference Collection

Banner for Springer Reference Collection

SpringerReference delivers access to the all Live Springer Reference Works, continuously updated, and covering all areas of STM research. You will have access to more than 190 peer-reviewed titles (including those that are currently in production) that remain leading edge and comprehensive.