Services for Distance students

Services for Distance students

Students who live 50 km or more from an NMIT campus and all online students (even if they live within the 50 km radius of campuses) are eligible. Students who are unable to visit the Library Learning Centre or have barriers to access are also considered at the discretion of the library manager.

Our lending service

If you are unable to find what you need via eBooks or other online resources (see the full range of resources as the bottom of this page) you may wish to request an item be sent to you from our Library collection.

  • You may borrow up to 15 main collection items and two three day loan items at once
  • You may borrow items from our main collection for 3 weeks with two 3 week renewal
  • You may borrow items from our 3 Day loan collection for 9 days (6 days for postage), with two 3 day renewal available
  • We post to you and provide a courier bag for return to the Library
  • You may renew items once – by phone: 03 539 5068; by, or by signing into the Library Catalogue(external link) 
  • We will send your requested items within 1-2 working days
  • We can copy and send journal articles or book chapters on request.
  • If you are studying with us from outside New Zealand, we unfortunately can’t send books overseas. We are happy to give advice on, and help you access online resources.

 Note - you may not borrow

  • If you have any overdue items
  • Material not related to your studies
  • If you live overseas

To request a book or journal

  1. Sign-in to the Library catalogue(external link)
  2. Search for the title you want
  3. Select it and then click the 'Request' button
  4. Click 'Save' when prompted

The 'Request' button will either look like this in a search result list:

OR like this in the full record:

distance request from a full record

 Click the 'Save' button to the far right of the window to finally request the item.

We aim to dispatch your items within 1-2 working days and will let you know when this has been actioned.

If you have any issues with the above process, please get in touch so we can assist you: or ph: 03 539 5068 or 0800 422 733

You can sign up for distance service by completing the register for distance form(external link).

Use the library website to access:

  • Discovery Search (external link) facilitates simultaneous search of all library resources, including physical and electronic, at one place. You can search print books, eBooks, and all resources available through our databases, such as electronic journal articles, theses, book chapters, and reports, through this platform.

  • eBooks Selected eBooks are also accessible through the catalogue.

    (external link)
  • Library Catalogue(external link) for books, eBooks, journals, DVDs etc.

  • Subject guides for recommended resources relevant to your area of study, including websites and databases.

  • Databases A-Z for journal / newspaper / magazine articles. These also contain book reviews, research reports, online encyclopædias and more. Note: use your NMIT username and password to access databases.
    Database tutorials are also available.

  • APA Referencing resources to accurately reference your assignments and avoid plagiarism.

Learning Support

We can offer individual learning Support sessions via Skype to help you with your assignments: planning your study, academic reading/writing, finding the best resources etc. For more assistance contact Learning Support Help to discuss your specific needs, ph: 03 5395068 , or email

You can request Learning and Wellbeing support appointments here.(external link)

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