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Changes in Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui | General Library

We’re excited to share that the way we use our library spaces is changing. Over the last few years, we’ve gathered feedback on the spaces students and staff need to study and work effectively. In response to this feedback, we will soon be refurbishing Levels 1 and M in Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui | General Library.

General Library Level 1 floor plan

General Library Level 1 floorplan

What’s changing on Levels 1 and M?

The refurbishments we have planned for Levels 1 and M will include:

  • More collaborative and social spaces for students to work in
  • Bookable meeting areas for students, to facilitate group work
  • Multipurpose teaching space designed for pop-up teaching. This space will be available to academic staff as well as Te Tumu Herenga staff and will be able to accommodate around 35 students.
  • Beautiful new homes for the Mātauranga Māori and Pacific collections as well as for the Junior collections from the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library at Epsom.
  • ReoSpace – a coming together space where staff and students can practise te reo Māori
  • A modern new accessibility space, designed in collaboration with Disability Services.
  • An exhibition area to showcase Māori and Pacific collection materials, art and artefacts

We’ll be sharing regular updates on what you can expect from these exciting new spaces, which we are planning to have up and running for Semester One 2024.

General Library Level M floorplan

General Library Level M floorplan

How will this affect me?

From 28 September 2023, General Library Levels 1 and M will be closed for refurbishment. There will be no access to these floors until Semester One 2024.

Access to some Special Collections material may be limited.

Where have the Mātauranga Māori and Pacific collections moved to?

  • The Pacific collection is now on Level 3
  • The Mātauranga Māori collection is now on Level 4

Where can I study?

General Library Levels G and 2-6 will remain open, but as refurbishment gets underway, noise levels, especially on Levels G and 2, may mean you prefer to find somewhere else to study. Luckily, you have plenty of options!

City Campus

The Kate Edger Information Commons has study spaces available on Levels 0, 2, 3 and 4. Some PCs are available to book in advance.

Most faculties also have spaces where you can study.

  • Business – There is extensive study space on Level 0 of the Sir Owen G Glenn Building. Discover all your study space options in the Business School.
  • Science – There is a large study area in the foyer of the Science Centre (The Plaza, B302).
  • Engineering – There is common study space on Levels 3 and 4 of the Engineering Building (B405)
  • Law – There is study space available in the Davis Law Library, 13/15 Eden Crescent.

Grafton Campus

South Auckland Campus

  • There is plenty of study space in the Information Commons at our South Auckland Campus, Te Papa ako o Tai Tonga, 6 Osterley Way, Manukau.

Many of our campuses and libraries also have bookable group study rooms and Te Tumu Herenga Academic Engagement Advisers will be liaising with faculties to ensure students are aware of all their options.