The IPU NZ Library has 28,000 books, DVDs, and periodicals in the library to support student learning and recreation, as well as access to many more electronic resources. Our collections include non-fiction, fiction, movies, scholarly journals, and magazines.

At a glance:


1. Comics
For everyone. Includes native English comics as well as translated manga. Look under the shelves for earlier volumes.

2. English Self-Study (Personal Language Development)
For ESOL learners. Workbooks and dictionaries to help learn English.

3. Fiction
For everyone. Includes a range of genres, including crime, horror, fantasy, and romance. Mostly in English, but some other languages.

4. Graded Readers
For Foundation students to practice reading English. Includes fiction and non-fiction. 

5. Introductory Non Fiction
For Foundation students. Non fiction for those learning English.

6. Japanese Corner.
For Japanese speakers. Includes careers information, manga, non-fiction, and fiction. 


7. English Teaching Resources
For ESOL learners and teachers. Practical information about learning and teaching English.

8. Movies
For everyone. Movies on DVD.

9. Newspapers
For everyone. Local dailies as well as Japanese newspapers.

10. Non Fiction
For Degree, Diploma, Post-graduate students and teachers.

11. Non Fiction Videos and DVDs
For everyone. Covers materials used in various courses as well as topics like job interviews, health, and history.

12. Periodicals & magazines

For everyone. Includes magazines like Women’s Weekly and NZ Listener, English learning materials, trade magazines, and scholarly journals. Look under the shelves for old issues. Ask a librarian to get older issues out of Stack. 

13. Reference

Includes dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

For those sitting the tests.


T1 and T2. Tutorial Rooms
Can be booked by teachers and groups of students. Ask at the desk.

A. Head Librarian’s office

B. Main desk.
Ask here for all assistance. If no librarian is around, please ring the bell.

C. Photocopy room
Here you can copy, scan, and pick up printing.






Collection: Movies

Has: DVDs of movies and popular documentaries. Various languages, but mostly English.

Where: By the Introductory Non Fiction

Issued for: 1 week

Borrowing limit: 6 items at a time.

Collection: Non Fiction

Has: Books on factual topics, including textbooks, primary and secondary research, and popular works (various languages)

Where: By the Fiction

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: English Teaching Resources

Has: Books, DVDs, audio CDs for teaching English as a second language

Where: The shelves opposite the English Self-Study books, behind the Comics

Identified by: Red spine label

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: Graded readers

Has: Books at different reading levels for English learners

Where: On the shelves by T1, opposite the Movie DVDs

Issued for: 4 weeks

Reading levels: 

          Yellow dot: Preparatory (easiest)
          Green dot: Elementary
          Blue dot: Lower-intermediate
          Purple dot: Intermediate
          Pink dot: Upper-intermediate
          Orange dot: Advanced (hardest)


Collection: Introductory Non Fiction

Has: Books on factual topics for learners of English

Where: By the Movies

Identified by: Saturn sticker on the spine:
 saturn sticker
Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: Personal Language Development – English Self-Study

Has: Books on learning English and how to study, as well as dictionaries and thesauruses

Where: By the Movie DVDs

Identified by: Orange spine label

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: Fiction

Has: Novels and short story collections (includes English, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian)

Where: By the toilets, next to Non Fiction

Identified by: Yellow spine label

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: TOEIC/IELTS

Has: Books, audio CDs, practice exams

Where: With the English Self-Study collection, next to the Movie DVDs

Issued for: 3 days 

Borrowing limit: 3 items at a time.

Collection: Comics

Has: Comics, manga, and graphic novels

Where: On the shelves by the Periodicals 

Identified by: Smiley face sticker on the spine

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: Periodicals

Has: Magazines, trade journals, and scholarly journals (English and Japanese)

Where: On the shelves by the Comics (lift the shelves for old issues)

Issued for: 1 week

Restrictions: Latest issue is for on display for one week as library use only

Collection: Newspapers

Has: Newspapers in English and Japanese

Where: On shelves below Periodicals, Comics, and in the racks by the Comics

Issued for: Library use only

Collection: Reference

Has: Dictionaries, encyclopaedias, year books, and other reference materials

Where: At the end of the Non Fiction collection

Issued for: Library use only

Identified by: REF at start of call number 

Collection: Desk reserve

Has: Books, games, DVDs put aside by teachers

Where: Behind the library desk

Issued for: Library use only – make sure you have the paper number

Collection: Posters

Has: Maps and posters

Where: By the Non-Fiction

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: Non Fiction DVDs

Has: Documentaries, interviews, educational films, and training films (some VHS)

Where: Beside the toilets

Issued for: 2 weeks 

Collection: Chinese Personal Language Development

Has: Books for those learning Chinese

Where: On the table by T2

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: Japanese Corner

Has: Books, comics, and magazines in Japanese.

Where: In the corner room between the Photocopier room and T1

Issued for: 4 weeks

Collection: Student Research Projects

Has: Final projects completed by undergraduate students of IPU NZ

Where: Behind the library desk

Issued for: Library use only. List available on request at the desk or read here: pdf Final Projects (0.13MB) 

Collection: Student Theses

Has: Theses completed by postgraduate students of IPU NZ

Where: Behind the library desk

Issued for: Library use only. List available on request

Collection: Class sets

Has: Books and textbooks for class use, assigned by teachers

Where: Behind the library desk. Ask at the desk with the title and author of your book.

Issued for: 1 term

Collection: Stack

Has: Books, journals, videos

Where: Behind the library desk. Ask at the desk

Issued for: Normal period

Collection: Music

Has: Audio CDs

Where: End of the Non Fiction DVDs

Issued for: 2 weeks