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The Library

What sort of material can I find?

Library Search gives access to the Library's entire collection of print and electronic resources.

  • Physical items (books, journals, DVDs, CDs etc) are listed with call numbers indicating their location in the Library.
  • A link is provided for electronic items including e-books and journal articles from many databases.
  • The front search screen can be used for basic searching but use the advanced search screen to search by author, specific title, call number etc.
  • Cases and legislation are not included in Library Search, you'll need to go to the law databases directly for these.


  • You can limit your search by type, location or date range using the limit options on the left of the search screen.
  • Click the title of the result you want to access it.
  • Use the permalink to create a permanent link to a given result entry.
  • If you don't get any results, always check your search statement for spelling/typing errors.


  • If there are multiple copies of a book the are listed and an indication of availability is given beside each.
  • The "Map It" icon links to a map showing (approximately) where the book is physically located.
  • If there is electronic access the record will tell you that too, and give you a link to the database (if it's a journal), or directly to the book if it's an e-book.
  • Use the Request option on the right of the page once in a result to gain access to items currently on loan or located at Off Campus Storage. Watch the Request Items video to see how it's done.

Finding books
Duration 5.13

This video includes:

  • the Course Reserves Room on Level 2 of the Student Centre in Hamilton
  • Library of Congress call numbers
  • using the online catalogue

Beyond books
Duration 4.51

This video includes:

  • journal articles
  • chapters within an edited book
  • commentaries
  • electronic material

Starting places in the Law Library
Duration 2.04

This video includes:

  • dictionaries
  • abbreviations
  • The Laws of New Zealand

What if the Library does not have what I want?

If the Library does not hold or provide access to a particular resource that you need you can probably get it through our Interlibrary Loan service. This service us allows to request books, journal articles etc from other libraries so you can access them. You can access the Interlibrary Loan page via the "place/tack interloan" link in the key tasks menu on all the library webpages. See the Library's Interlibrary Loan page for a detailed description of how it all works.