Community membership services , Te ratonga mema hapori

Library membership for retired staff, alumni, postgraduate applicants, regional schools, associated institutions and the public. Also find out how to use the library as a visitor.

If you’re not a current student or staff member at Massey, you can still sign up to use the library. We offer several types of paid and free memberships.

Members of the public are also welcome to visit our campus libraries. We offer a range of services to visitors, including guest access to Discover.

Search Discover as a guest or community member, on or off campus

Alumni

You can join the library as an alumni member if you have a degree, diploma or certificate from Massey.

Once you’ve signed up as an alumni member, we recommend you bookmark the alumni library services page and use the links and Discover search box there to find resources.

Alumni library services

Cost

An alumni membership costs NZD$100 for a year, or NZD$50 for six months.

Terms and conditions

Before you sign up for an alumni library membership, it’s important that you read and are prepared to accept the terms and conditions

How to apply or renew

Fill out the online alumni membership application form and pay by credit or debit card. If you need to pay another way, contact us.

Apply online for a new alumni membership or to renew an existing membership

Using your library card

Once we’ve confirmed your payment, we’ll send you a letter with your library card and login instructions. If you’re outside New Zealand we’ll send this information in an email.

You can only use the membership if you’re the person who signed up for it. You can’t transfer your membership. Please do not share your card or login details with anyone else.

We’ll send you a renewal reminder about a month before your membership is due to expire.

What you can access

Books

As an alumni member, your books will be checked out to you for 3 weeks.

If you’re in New Zealand, you can borrow books in person at any Massey campus library. You can also request books and have them posted to you.

Find out more about requesting, borrowing and returning, including your borrowing conditions.

Electronic databases, online journals and ebooks

You can access selected online journal articles and ebooks as an alumni member. Some content isn’t available to you because of publisher licences.

If you want to see which electronic databases, online journals and ebooks will be available to you before you sign up, we can give you a preview for 24 hours.

To arrange a preview, email us at library@massey.ac.nz.

Doctoral and master’s applicants

You can get a library membership for up to four months while you go through the application and enrolment process to do your doctoral or master’s thesis at Massey.

You need to:

  • be researching a topic and preparing a proposal for a PhD, professional doctorate or master’s degree
  • not be currently enrolled, but have the support of a Massey department.

Cost

There is no cost for this type of membership.

How to apply

You need to arrange for a written request for library membership from your Head of School, Institute, or Department, or from the supervisor you intend to do your research with.

The request should include:

  • your name and contact details
  • confirmation you’re preparing a research proposal.

What you can access

Books

You have the same borrowing conditions as a current student.

You can borrow books in person at any Massey campus library. You can also request books and have them posted to you.

Find out more about borrowing, requesting and returning, including your borrowing conditions

Electronic databases, online journals and ebooks

Off-campus access

You can access electronic databases, e-journals and e-books from off campus for up to four months.

Learn about article databases you can access

On-campus access

To access electronic resources on campus, you need a network account. Your school, institute or department needs to arrange this with Massey’s Information Technology Services.

If you don’t have a network account, you can still access some electronic resources if you visit one of our campus libraries in person.

Other services

You are welcome to arrange an appointment to discuss your topic research with a subject librarian.

You can borrow books and journal articles from other libraries using our interlibrary loan service.

Regional schools

Early childhood centres, primary schools, and intermediate schools in the wider Albany, Manawatū and Wellington regions can apply for institutional membership to the library.

When a school becomes a member, each teacher at the school can get an individual borrowing card. This membership is designed to support the professional development of teachers in the region.

Cost

An institutional membership costs a school NZD$200 for a year, or NZD$100 for six months.

How to apply

The school principal or someone they nominate needs to fill out the online application form and pay by credit or debit card.

Apply online for an institutional school membership

Once the library has approved the application, teachers at the school can apply for individual borrowing cards in person.

If you’re a teacher, you need to bring authorisation from the school and a photo ID. Your library card will be ready within 24 hours. It will be valid for 12 months from the date your school paid the membership fee.

To renew your card, the school needs to renew the membership and confirm you’re a current staff member.

What you can access

Books

You can borrow books in person from your nearest campus library. Your books will be checked out to you for 3 weeks.

Find out more about borrowing, requesting and returning, including your borrowing conditions

Electronic databases, online journals and ebooks

You don’t have remote access to Massey library electronic resources as an institutional school member.

However, you can access some electronic resources if you visit one of our campus libraries in person.

Retired Massey staff

If you’re a retired Massey staff member or professor emeritus, you can get a library membership.

Cost

There is no cost for this type of membership.

How to apply

You need to arrange for a written application to the library from your former Head of School, Institute or Department, or from Massey’s People and Organisational Development service.

You can also apply in person at any Massey campus library using your emeritus professor card.

What you can access

Books

You can borrow books in person at any Massey campus library. Your books will be checked out to you for 3 weeks.

Find out more about borrowing, requesting and returning, including your borrowing conditions

Electronic databases, online journals and ebooks

As a retired Massey staff member, you don’t have remote access to Massey library electronic resources.

However, you can access some electronic resources if you visit one of our campus libraries in person.

Staff of associated institutions

You can become a library member if you’re a scientific or technical staff member of one of Massey’s associated institutions.

These include:

  • Fonterra Research Centre (Palmerston North)
  • Crown Research Institutes (Palmerston North)
  • Ministry for Primary Industries (Palmerston North)
  • New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association (LASRA, Palmerston North)
  • New Zealand Defence Force (Hokowhitu, Palmerston North).

Staff at some other institutions may also be able to become members on a case-by-case basis.

Cost

There is no cost for this type of membership.

How to apply

Ask the librarian at your institution to make a written application on your behalf to Massey library.

What you can access

Books

You can borrow books in person at any Massey campus library. Books that you request will be held at the Manawatū campus library service point for you to collect. Your books will be checked out to you for 3 weeks.

Find out more about borrowing, requesting and returning, including your borrowing conditions

Electronic databases, online journals and ebooks

You don’t have remote access to Massey library electronic resources.

However, you can access some electronic resources if you visit one of our campus libraries in person.

Students and staff at other universities

If you’re a student or staff member at another university in New Zealand or Australia, you may be able to borrow items from Massey.

You can borrow books in person from Massey University Library if your university participates in the University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) scheme.

Find out more about the ULANZ scheme at Massey

Teachers at regional secondary and normal schools

The library offers individual memberships to teachers at secondary schools near Massey’s campuses and at normal schools in Palmerston North.

You can get this type of membership if you’re a teacher at a secondary school in one of these regions:

  • North Shore (Auckland)
  • Manawatū
  • Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua.

You can also become a member if you teach at one of these normal schools in Palmerston North:

  • Central Normal School
  • College Street Normal School
  • Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School.

This membership recognises the special information needs of staff teaching Year 13 students, and aims to support the libraries at secondary schools where tertiary-level resources may not be available.

It also recognises the special relationship the listed normal schools have with the Massey University Institute of Education, and aims to support the professional development of teachers at these schools.

Cost

There is no cost for this type of membership.

How to apply

You can apply in person at your local campus library. You should bring:

  • proof you’re a current staff member at a qualifying school
  • photo identification.

We’ll also ask you for your:

  • name
  • address
  • phone number
  • email address.

Your library card will be ready within 24 hours. It will be valid for 12 months from the date it was issued.

To renew your card, your school needs to confirm you’re a current staff member.

What you can access

Books

You can borrow books in person from your local campus library. You need to bring your library card and photo identification when you borrow books. Your books will be checked out to you for 3 weeks.

With a teacher membership, you can’t request books from other campus libraries.

Otherwise, you have the same borrowing conditions as an undergraduate student.

Find out more about borrowing, requesting and returning, including your borrowing conditions

Electronic databases, online journals and ebooks

You don’t have remote access to Massey library electronic resources.

However, you can access some electronic resources if you visit one of our campus libraries in person.

Using the library as a visitor

You can access a range of services as a library visitor, even if you’re not a member.

In-person visitor services

At all of our campus libraries we offer the following to visitors:

  • book use in the library
  • reading spaces
  • photocopying and printing services.

If you want to borrow books from the Massey collection, we recommend an interlibrary loan through your own institutional or public library, or joining the library as a financial member. 

To use our printing services, bring your documents in on a USB and visit the service point to arrange payment and printing.

Electronic databases, online journals and ebooks

You can access some of our subscribed electronic resources on your laptop by logging on to the MUGuests wifi network.

To access electronic resources as an in-person visitor:

  1. Select the MUGuests network in your device’s wifi settings. When prompted, enter your name and email address. You will be given a guest password to use for wifi access for 24 hours. There is a limit of 600MB each day.
  2. Search subscribed online journals, ebooks, and databases using Discover as a visitor. If you are asked to enter a username and password at any stage, this is an indication that due to publisher restrictions, the resource is not available to you as a visitor.

Search Discover as a visitor

View the list of databases you can access as a visitor to the library

View our terms and conditions for accessing article databases, e-journals, and e-books

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