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Fiction books at UC Libraries

One of the parts about being on holiday is getting to choose what you read. No assigned articles or expensive textbooks; just you, a good book and three weeks to stay in bed reading.

You may not realise it, but the UC Libraries have a wide range of fiction books available (hey, we like a break from the heavy reading too). Each library has its own collection, so whatever you feel like escaping into we have you covered.

Contemporary and Historical – Maybe you feel like reading a few of the classics, or perhaps you feel like something more modern.  The Central library which has the widest range of fiction which is updated on a frequent basis. Learn more here and don’t forget to check out our new titles.

 Detective – Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Central has a lib -detective_fiction2fantastic collection of detective fiction, from the head-scratching Agatha Christie to the down-right creepy Patricia Cornwell.

Young Adult and Junior Fiction – The holidays are the perfect time to re-visit the books you loved when you were younger (Judy Blume anyone?) You can search for your favorite, or just visit the Education library and have a browse for something new. They even have bean bags if you want to get cozy and read the day away.

Science FicCCE library ( Education ) marketing PR photos for Library usage, all released (held by Sharon King). Information desk Ariana Tikao with student Helen Wright, also Ariana in computer room leading a teaching session with students Mike Carwell, Ross Machiefski, Carrie Bennett, Becky Hourston, Terry Wrist, Gemma Setter. Staff having a meeting / discussion Kathryn Kershaw, Megan Dale, Caroline Syddall. Lending desk, student Yin Chow Woo being helped by Jan Scandlyn. Students reading in the picture window are Mike Carwell and Gemma Setter.tion – Talk about escapism! If you feel like some post-apocalyptic, aliens-taking-over-the-world stories then we have you covered. EPS has a science-fiction collection of around 300 books, all of which come highly recommended as they have been generously donated by students and staff.

Māori and Pacific – Those of you wanting something closer to home can check out the fiction collection in Macmillan Brown. They have a number of books from fantastic Māōri authors such as Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace and Hone Tuwhare.

Even though it’s the holidays, come back to the library and enjoy the satisfaction of choosing your own reading material for once.

Reasons to love the EPS Library

EPS Library is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library.  It is located along Creyke Road, between Forestry Road and Engineering Road. With just three floors you’ll be surprised at the number of seats and spaces available to you.






So why should you check out EPS?

  • Bike stands and bus stop right outside the door.
  • Just the right size – not too big or too small.
  • Six Discussion Rooms – can be booked online.
  • Colourful modern furniture.
  • Comfy couches and relaxing areas.
  • Different kinds of study spaces to suit all – group and individual.
  • Handy after-hours book drop up driveway (drive-in from Creyke Rd).
  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
  • Tidy shelves – easy to find the books and you can move some of them with just a press of a button.
  • Science Fiction collection.
  • Lots of windows (that open!)

EPS, Engineering and Physical Sciences Library, various interiors showing spaces with students studying etc.

Come and have a look, it may just become your favourite library to study in!

EPS, Engineering and Physical Sciences Library, various interiors showing spaces with students studying etc.

How to Library

As a first year student there is so much to take in. Where are your classes? How do you get a Canterbury Card? What’s up with the parking? With so much going on, learning to use the library can  be the last thing you want to do. But it is crucial to your success as a student here.

So with that in mind, here’s a run down on how the library works.


Finding a book in the library can seem impossible, and you know what, don’t feel bad about that! We’ve all been there. With four libraries and so many floors it can be confusing; luckily there is a short and sweet video which goes through the whole process from searching to locating an item.  And remember, if you are having trouble ask a librarian – they aren’t mean or shushy at all.

James Hight Central Library Building_2013

High Demand

Have you ever been given an assignment only to have everyone rush madly to the library to grab the last copy of the recommended book? To stop things getting too intense, the library has placed a number of items on high demand. These books have a shorter issue time, ranging from 3 hours to 3 days, and can be found in the High Demand section of each library.


One of the reasons Canterbury is so fantastic is because of the Interloans service. If we don’t have the book of article you want, have look in Interloans. From here you can search libraries around the world, request your item and have to sent to the University  –best of all, it’s free!

Library 101

Whether you’re a first year or returning student, anyone can benefit from the Library 101 programme. Here you can find short videos on topics from using your Canterbury card to finding a journal articles, as well as links to all things referencing. Click here to find out more!

Most importantly the library is a space that is here for students. It’s your library, so don’t feel too intimidated when stepping in those doors.