Ara Institute Of Canterbury Library

The Library offers an extensive range of services and resources to support teaching, learning, and research at Ara.

Support for students

Library staff are available in person and online to support you with:

  • Finding information and resources for assignments
  • Accessing library and Ara systems, eg. MyAra, Moodle, Wifi
  • APA referencing
  • Printing, scanning, copying, and spiral binding (charges may apply)
  • In-library access to technology and equipment, eg laptops, headphones, calculators

Online support is available via:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Live chat: AskLive
  • Virtual face-to-face support: Zoom a Librarian

The Get Set Up guide has a range of resources and guides to help with Library resources, Ara systems, and useful technologies.

Full Library information for current students is available on MyAra.

Support for staff

Library support is available to all Ara staff for teaching and research.

  • Finding books, ebooks and more: tips for searching our resources
  • Download and learn about EndNote, a tool to help manage sources and citations

Full Library information for current staff is available on Waituhi.

Finding Books, eBooks and more

The Library offers an extensive range of resources.

You can search for books, ebooks, journal articles, and other resources by entering keywords into Primo Library Search.

Our Subject Guides provide a range of subject-specific resources and information, including databases and websites.

You can use our Information Skills and Research subject guides to help you through the process of doing Academic research.

Helpful guides:

More guides are available on the Get Set Up guide.

Opening hours

Term hours

We are closed for all public holidays throughout the year.

City campus, Madras Street, Christchurch

  • Monday to Friday 7am – 8pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Manawa campus, 276 Antigua Street, Christchurch

  • Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday to Sunday Closed

Woolston campus, Ensors Road, Christchurch

  • Monday to Thursday 8am – 5pm
  • Friday 8am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday closed

Timaru campus, Arthur Street, Timaru

  • Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday Closed