IPU Library started its life in 1990 in the Media Centre, now known on campus as the Octagon. By the end of the first year, the small but growing collection became a challenge to house - especially as the space was an eight-sided room! Late in 1990, the library was relocated to C Block, a block of classrooms and offices. A large room was soon added as the collection continued to expand and a need for provision of study facilities was recognised. Over time, it became apparent that another move would be required in order to continue providing the excellent quality of service to which students and staff had become accustomed. Plans for a new Library building commenced.
In 1999 the plans were finalised by local architect, Tom Clarke, from Clarke, Cantlon & Co. The new Library would have spectacular views across the Turitea Valley and house all the library collections in one open space. In addition, we would provide various study and social interaction areas, a photocopying and printing room, teachers' resource room and two tutorial rooms - a wonderful environment for both study and relaxation.
On Wednesday 3rd May 2000 that vision was fulfilled when Mr & Mrs Ohashi (Chairman of the Board of Trustees & Chief Operating Officer respectively) officially opened the beautiful fan-shaped library, which we now occupy. The fan is a symbol of friendship and respect in many cultures and the giving of a fan is a wish of unlimited success for the recipient.
In 2010 the library celebrated its 10th Birthday on its present site. As part of wider campus events for IPU New Zealand's 20th Anniversary, an evening was held to mark the occasion. Previous Librarians and members of the community, joined with CEO Mr Ohashi, and President Professor Wayne Edwards, in honouring the Library and wishing students and staff unlimited academic success in the years to come.