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Library website changes

The Library website is being updated. The change takes place on Tuesday 19th September.  There may be some pages which are temporarily unavailable from 7am onwards.  The work on the site should be completed by midday.

The following services will NOT be affected and will remain available:




Subject guides:

All databases, ebooks and journals will also be accessible throughout.

The work on the Library website is to migrate the content to the new UC content management system and will provide an improved look-and-feel. Feedback on the new website is welcomed.  Please send your comments to Helen Thomas or use our feedback/contacts form:

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: UC Libraries Celebrate

Kia ora, koutou! Nau mai, haere mai, ki Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2017!

This year Māori Language Week runs from 11th – 17th September. The theme is “Kia ora te reo Māori”, which not only picks up our national greeting, but means literally “Let the Māori Language live”. UC Central Library will be hosting the opening ceremony at 9.30am on Monday 11th September.

Keep an eye out in all four of the UC Libraries for free resource packs, games and events. Both Education and EPS Libraries are holding Wharewhare sessions (Bingo!) and Central and Education Libraries will also be holding Storytime sessions for children – feel free to bring along your younger whānau members.

All UC Libraries will be showing their aroha for te reo Māori, with displays going up and new kupu to learn. Central Library will also be hosting a waiata session – no experience needed. Tau kē!

Check out the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Programme, which also includes info on where to collect free UC Te Reo Resource Packs for all staff and students.

‘Tōku reo, tōku ohooho’ – My language, my awakening.

  • Opening ceremony at UC Central Library: Monday 11th Sept, 9.30am.
  • Storytime Session at UC Central Library: Wednesday 13th Sept, 10am & 10.30am.
  • Storytime Session at UC Education Library: Thursday 14th Sept, 10.30am.
  • Wharewhare at UC Education Library: Tuesday 12th Sept, 11am-12pm.
  • Wharewhare at UC EPS Library: Thursday 14th Sept, 11am-12pm.
  • Waiata Session at UC Central Library: Wednesday 13th Sept, 11am-12pm.

See the UC Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Programme for a full list of events happening at UC Libraries and around the rest of campus.


WIN $2750!!



SAGE has a commitment to education and to our subject areas and, in particular, is a leading advocate for the social sciences and those involved in the social sciences.

SAGE has agreed to award NZ $2750 for the best paper submitted and written by a postgraduate student in ANY selected social science topic of the writer’s choice.

University of Canterbury has selected a committee to review the papers and make recommendations to SAGE who will make the final decision. This panel will include one academic, one librarian and a representative from the Academic Skills Centre.


To be eligible for the sponsorship, the participant must be:

  • A postgraduate student from the University of Canterbury
  • Write and submit a paper in ANY selected social science topic of the writer’s choice (minimum 2,500 words; maximum 5,000)
  • Format and reference the paper in Harvard style
  • Submit the paper in English


SAGE agrees to sponsor a total amount of $2,750 for awarding the best paper being written by a postgraduate student.

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