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Library services at Alert Level 2

The Central Library is open from 8:30am–11pm.

Robertson, Science, Health Sciences, and Law are open from 8:30am–5pm until Sunday 24 May.

Hours of opening will be 8.30am–11pm at all branches from Monday 25 May (excluding Hocken)

The Hocken will open to University of Otago staff and students on Thursday 21 May. Hours of opening are 10am–5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Pictorial Collections by appointment, Tuesday to Friday.

Please check the Hocken website and social media for any changes.

Library staff are available via email and LibChat. These services will be monitored Monday–Friday, 8:30–5pm.

For all staff and students, the Library will provide a ‘click and collect’ service: enabling requests from the physical collections with pick up from branches. ‘Click and collect’ may take up to 5 working days.

  • Home delivery of physical items to Distance students will resume
  • We intend to continue the ‘Click and Deliver’ service for Staff and Postgraduate Students until the end of semester 1
  • Face-to-face service support will be limited. Library users should continue to make use of and LibChat services
  • Limited interloans for articles, chapters

Any other requests to copy material from Hocken publications, archives, photographs, pictures and ephemera, can be sent directly to

You can now return your Library books. Due dates have been extended until Friday 29 May, and all fines and fees have been suspended until semester 2 commences.



Databases, e-journals, past exam papers.


Subject guides

Support your learning and research with resources relevant to your subject area.


Using the library

Getting started at the library, borrowing, locations, printing and Māori services.


Services for teaching

Contact a Subject Librarian, Reserve information, subject guides.


Services for researchers

Interloans, thesis guide, OUR Archive, ORCID at Otago, research impact.


Treasures of the Library

Hocken Collections, Special Collections.



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