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Current Central Library staffing

The Central Library will only be staffed from 8:30am – 5:00pm from 8 November until 12 December 2020.

Outside of this time the Library ground floor will be in study mode with self-service available.

Upper floors will be unavailable for use.

Science Library temporary closure

From 8 November 2020 to 10 January 2021, the Science Library is closed to the public while the Library staff undertake the physical rearrangement of the collections.

Library users can continue to request material from the Science collections via Library Search | Ketu. Pick-up of requested material will be available from the other Library branches.

Tales of Terror to Delight at University of Otago Library

Just in time for Halloween. University of Otago Library Special Collections will host its latest exhibition: Out of the Vault! Gothic Literature and Tales of the Supernatural.

This small exhibition traces Gothic Literature’s origins in the 18th century to its antecedents in the medieval period and follows the genre’s evolution over the last 250 years, through to its expression in New Zealand literature.

The exhibition runs from the 30th of October until the end of February 2021 and will be open for viewing 8.30am–5:00pm Monday–Friday at the De Beer Gallery, 1st floor Central Library, University of Otago.


2020 Postgraduate Library Workshop Series restarting for July–December

Book now for face-to-face or Zoom events.

Library services at Alert Level 1

Please see the ‘Library Hours’ section on the Library website for all current opening hours.

Library seating is back in place.

Library staff are available via LibChat and email, Monday to Friday, 8:30–5:00pm.

Special Collections continues to operate on a ‘by appointment’ basis, Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm. Please contact for further information.



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Services for researchers

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Treasures of the Library

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