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About the Canterbury Medical Library

Te Whare Pukapua Whaiora – He kōrero mō mātou

The Canterbury Medical Library is the key provider of library and information services for University of Otago, Christchurch and Canterbury District Health Board.

The University administers Canterbury Medical Library on behalf of the two organisations and costs are shared.

Other health professionals who hold a current registration may be admitted to membership at the discretion of the Chief Librarian.

Initially established as a subscription library by general practitioners in 1934, the library is now housed on the 6th floor of the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences building and incorporates the Mary Lambie Nursing Library Collection.

The library administers one branch library at Burwood Hospital on behalf of the Canterbury District Health Board. Hillmorton Hospital Library is owned and administered by the Canterbury District Health Board, but forms part of the Canterbury Medical Library system.

Access to Canterbury Medical Library is only available to individuals who are currently registered as members of the library.

Opening Hours

The branches of the Canterbury Medical Library operate during a range of hours which can vary during University holidays.


Contact details for various branches and staff


Full Membership of the Library is available to staff and students of the University of Otago, Christchurch and Canterbury District Health Board.


The Canterbury Medical Library has a collection of library materials in a broad range of medical, nursing and health-related topics.

The Collection page provides information including who may use the collections, how to suggest a purchase, and how to find out what books have been published on a specific subject.