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Published collections

Bibliographical information about books, periodicals, newspapers, videos, recorded music, musical scores & maps held by the Hocken Collections and other libraries of the University of Otago can be found in the Otago university library online catalogue.

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Archives & manuscripts collection

Check Hākena (the Archives & Manuscripts catalogue) for unpublished material.

  • See our guide for help with searching Hākena.

The catalogue is still supported by a card catalogue of archives and manuscripts collections and printed inventories which list the contents of particular collections. These can be consulted in the Ground Floor Reference Area.

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Pictorial collections

Photographs database

The Photographs Collection is a national collection with a particular responsibility for collecting and preserving the photographic heritage of Otago.

The scope of the collection is wide, focusing specifically on New Zealand and Pacific material, including a number of studio collections by Otago and Dunedin photographers. The range of material collected includes: prints, negatives (both glass and film), slides, lantern slides, albums, postcards and panoramas.

Reproductions can be ordered in most cases. These are subject to conditions of copyright and preservation requirements.

  • Search for Artworks and Photographs on Hākena (see our guide for help searching).
  • Search for digitised photographs on Hocken Snapshop.

Reader Access File

Approximately 60,000 copy Photographs can be browsed on the 1st floor of the Library. The Reader Access file is supported by Geographical, Subject, Portrait and Ship indexes.

Staff can assist with searches of the databases for the collection held in closed stacks. This data will soon be available on the web.

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Other resources


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