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The Canterbury Medical Library's collection covers a broad range of medical, nursing and health-related topics.


Library acquisitions staff can be contacted via email, or through the library service desk on 6th Floor, University of Otago Building, 2 Riccarton Avenue.

Canterbury Medical Library Collections

The Canterbury Medical Library system incorporates:

  • Central Library, which has a number of collections: Audiovisual, Historical, Loan, Reference, Student Reserve.
  • Burwood Hospital Library
  • Princess Margaret Hospital Library
  • Hillmorton Hospital Library (Sunnyside Hospital Library) which is owned and operated by Canterbury District Health Board.

What resources does the Library hold?

The easiest way to discover this is to search either the Library Catalogue or the Library's E-Journal Portal. A download list of print journals held at Canterbury Medical Library and its branches will soon be available.

Library Catalogue

Who decides what to purchase for the collection?

The purchase of items for the central library collection is governed by the collection development policy which defines the levels of collection for each subject area.

Collection Management Policy

Staff and students are encouraged to make suggestions for purchase and are asked for input on titles that are being considered for purchase.

At the end of each calendar year academic staff are asked to review the titles held in Student Reserve collection in their teaching areas. The library sends out lists of titles currently held on Student Reserve to all course convenors for this purpose.

For branch and departmental collections, purchases are related to the needs of these groups and purchasing decisions are made by library committees and/or by department staff.

Suggest the purchase of an item for the collection?

All members are welcome to suggest books and journals for purchase by the library. Library acquisitions staff can also provide access to Blackwells Collection Manager which can help you locate titles and alert you to new titles in your subject area.

Book suggestion forms are available from all CML branch libraries or can be downloaded as a PDF. Hand the completed form into your branch library or send it to library acquisitions staff through the internal mail or by email.

Book Suggestion Form

The library is unable to purchase new journals unless additional funding can be obtained. A journal review was to have been completed in 2006 but has been delayed.

To discuss journal needs contact the Canterbury Medical Librarian phone 80505 or email

Purchasing services - purchasing for departments

Contact library acquisitions staff for advice on purchasing books and journals. They can obtain price quotes and have access to favorable price discounts.

CDHB staff need to provide an internal requisition before any departmental purchase is processed.

For assistance contact Library acquisitions staff (see contact details above)

Who may use the collections?

Full Reading and personal members of Canterbury Medical Library may use the central library collection.

Those who are not members of the library have access to Canterbury Medical Library collections through the New Zealand Library Interloan Scheme.

Most public and tertiary institution libraries belong to the scheme and have access to the Te Puna shared national online catalogue.

Non-members wishing to borrow items should approach the public or tertiary institution library to which they belong and request items by subject or title.

Electronic resources

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