Massey University Library Collections

 

Open Collections

 

Albany Library:

  • General Collection

The collection supports the teaching and research at the Albany campus, and is primarily  focused  on business, social sciences, health sciences and the sciences.  The collection comprises books, print journals, newspapers, reference items, and audiovisual material.

  • Chinese Corner, Level 1

The Chinese Corner is a small collection sponsored by the Han Ban Institute with the aim of promoting Chinese language and culture to New Zealand.

  • Feature Films, Level 1

  • Junior Resources Collection, Level 1

  • Māori Land Court Minute Books, Level 3

The collection focuses mainly on the Māori Land Court districts close to Northland and Waikato.

More information about the Māori Land Court Minute Book Collection

  • Ngā Kupu Ora Collection, Level 3

Books, print journals, and audiovisual material containing significant Māori content are held in the Ngā Kupu Ora collection. Items are identified by a mango-pare spine label.

  • Pasifika Collection, Level 3

A research collection of Pasifika material is under development. Items are identified by a frangipani spine label. The collection holds books, print journals, and audiovisual material.
Pasifika Collection Development Policy (Albany Library) (298 KB)

  • Short Loan Collection, Level 2

The Short Loan Collection contains text books and other high demand material which is available for either 2-hour or 3- day loan. This is a self-service collection with a self-check machine for borrowing and returns.

Find out more about the Albany Campus Library

Manawatū Library:

  • General Collection

This is a large collection with wide subject coverage of all disciplines taught from the Manawatū campus, including distance courses. Manawatū Library has the main humanities, social science and business collections and the collection is also strong in the sciences, in particular veterinary science, agriculture and horticulture. There are significant back runs of journals.

  • Junior Collection, Level 2

The Junior collection of children's fiction, non-fiction, picture books and other junior material supports the Institute of Education.

  • Māori Land Court Minute Books, Level 2

The collection focuses on the Maori Land Court districts in the lower North Island and East Coast.

More information about the Māori Land Court Minute Book Collection

  • New Zealand Collection, Level 2

The New Zealand collection brings together materials with significant New Zealand content, from all subject areas. It includes books and journals in one sequence.
New Zealand Collection Development Policy (Manawatū Library) (213 KB)

  • Ngā Kupu Ora Collection, Level 2

The collection includes all items containing significant Māori content.

More information about the Ngā Kupu Ora Collection

  • Short Loan Collection, Level 1

The Short Loan Collection contains text books and other high demand material which is available for 2-hour loan.

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Wellington Library:

  • General Collection

This is a generalist collection, with particular strengths in art and design, music (especially jazz), nursing and communications. It comprises over 135,000 books, plus print journals, newspapers, reference items, and audio-visual material to support the programmes offered at the Wellington Campus.

Creative Arts Collection Development Policy (248 KB)
Music Collection Development Policy (32 KB)

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Special Collections

Bagnall Collection, Manawatū Library

The Bagnall Collection comprises the New Zealand and Pacific materials from the personal collection of Austin Graham Bagnall.

The late Graham Bagnall was a leading bibliographic scholar and a former Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library. The Library purchased his collection in 1986 and continues to add items to it.

Items may only be used in the Library (some copying restrictions may apply). You can search for Bagnall Collection items in Discover, and can ask to view items at the Manawatū Library Service Point.

Albany and Wellington: Please inquire at your campus library if you wish to view an item from the Bagnall Collection.

Selected Bagnall Collection items are available digitally on Tāmiro

Bill Toomath Model Car Collection, University Archives

The Bill Toomath Model Car Design Collection was gifted to the University Archives by the family of Stanley William Toomath family in August 2014.

 S.W. (Bill) Toomath, was a Wellington architect and head of the School of Design at the Wellington Polytechnic from 1979 to 1989.

The collection includes models of concept cars, vintage cars, racing cars, late model European luxury cars, as well as books and information related to cars and car design.

Selected items from this collection are available digitally on Tāmiro

How to contact or visit University Archives

Dairy Records Archive, University Archives

The Dairy Records Archive comprises business records from the archives of dairy companies, meat companies, rabbit boards, farm supply businesses, and other New Zealand agriculture and horticulture businesses.

Selected items from this collection are available digitally on Tāmiro

Find out more about the Dairy Records Archive

Edith Russell Porcelain Collection, University archives

This collection of nine Derby and Spode Copeland porcelain plates (dating from c.1806 to c.1890) were part of a large collection of antiques acquired in 1930 during a trip to England by Mrs Ethel Russell, one of the original owners of Wharerata.

The plates were part of the antiques which came into the possession of Ethel's daughter Beatrix Russell at the time of Ethel’s death. After Beatrix’s death the nine plates were donated to the Massey University Archives in 2015.

Selected items from this collection are available digitally on Tāmiro

How to contact or visit University Archives

Lauris Edmond Collection, Manawatū Library

This collection comprises the personal library of the New Zealand poet and author Lauris Edmond. Much of the content is 20th century New Zealand and Commonwealth literature. The collection, which has been kept intact, gives a valuable insight into the working library of a writer whose distinguished career included the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and the award of the OBE.

Massey University Archives, Manawatū Campus

Corporate Archives

The corporate archives collection includes:

  • Public records of Massey University and its antecedent institutions
  • Public records of organisations affiliated with the University
Heritage Archives
  • Historical documents and memorabilia of Massey University and its antecedent institutions
  • Personal papers of staff and students
  • Personal papers of New Zealand individuals
  • Archives of community, cultural, professional and other societies, clubs and organisations
  • Archives of businesses

Selected items from the University Archives are available digitally on Tāmiro

Find out more about the University Archives

Opfermann Collection, Manawatū Library

The Opfermann Collection focuses on German society and culture, 1914-1950. Strengths include architecture, art, chess, film-making, cinema, politics, foreign relations and warfare. The collection includes material on the 1936 Summer and Winter Olympics, family correspondence, and publicity photographs for German films of the 1920s and 1930s.

Selected items from the Opfermann Collection are available digitally on Tāmiro

Peren Collection, Manawatū Library

Sir Geoffrey Peren was the Principal of Massey Agricultural College when it was formed in 1927, and held the role for 30 years. This collection consists of his own working library - a mixture of older to (relatively) modern material. It focuses on various aspects of agriculture and animal breeding with a few natural sciences items.

Rare Books Collection, Manawatū Library

This collection includes scarce or unique books and manuscripts which fall outside the scope of the Bagnall Collection. The collection is strong in important material in agriculture, horticulture and animal and veterinary sciences. The Rare Books Collection also contains a number of books from the personal collection of the Shakespearean scholar and author G.B. Harrison.

Selected Rare Books Collection items are available digitally on Tāmiro

Tāmiro Digitised Heritage Collections

Tāmiro is the University Library's digitised heritage collections website.It showcases and provides access to selected Massey University Library taonga – our rare and unique treasures and heritage material from our archives and special collections.

Connect to Tāmiro

W.M. Webster Porcelain Collection, Manawatū Library

This collection of mainly 18th century porcelain was bequeathed to Massey University in 1994 by W. (Wally) M. Webster, who was a lecturer in Veterinary Science here from 1935-1959. Viewing is by appointment only, weekdays 9am-4pm.

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