Interlibrary Loans

Can’t find what you want in our Tauranga libraries? You may need an interloan.

What is an interloan?
An interloan is a way to borrow books, journal articles etc. from other New Zealand libraries, that the Toi Ohomai library doesn't have.

How do I request an interloan?
First make sure the item is not available from our library. For books check the catalogue, for articles check the electronic databases.

Complete the Interloan Request online form (also available from the Library Issue Desk, or by email: and we'll be in touch with you soon.

How much does an interloan cost?
Some items are free, others are up to $20 each. Toi Ohomai has reciprocal arrangements with some New Zealand libraries which means the libraries have agreed to loan books to each other free of charge. If the “reciprocal” libraries do not have the item you request it may be borrowed from a library that charges a fee. Charging libraries will only be contacted if you have agreed to pay.

How will I know when the interloan has arrived?
The library will email or phone you when your request has arrived (usually 5-10 days)

How long can I have the interloan item for?
The loan period of books is set by the lending library, and is usually 2–3 weeks. Journal articles are photocopies and may be kept. Copyright photocopied articles obtained through interloan are for your research and/or teaching purposes only. Under the terms of Copyright Act 1994, no further copies may be made.

Interloan Guidelines

  • University of Waikato and Wintec registered students and staff, must apply to their home institution
  • Toi Ohomai staff studying for higher qualifications must access interloans from the institution in which they are enrolled, except when the request relates to an approved Toi Ohomai research project and a charge code is provided
  • Staff personal items –1 at a time only and maximum of 5 per year, any cost will be payable by that staff member
  • Note: we are unable to interloan items from Tauranga City Libraries for staff

Interloan Librarian
07 557 8985