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Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

About Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

The Macmillan Brown Library is the University of Canterbury's research collection of New Zealand and Pacific Islands materials. It is located in Te Ao Mārama: the Māori and Pacific Studies Building, on the northeast side of the campus, on Arts Road.

The Macmillan Brown Library is custodian of nearly 4 kilometers of archives and manuscripts which includes some 50,000 photographs, 100,000 architectural drawings and thousands of hours of audio visual materials. An increasing amount of the material held by the Macmillan Brown Library is in digital format.

The Macmillan Brown Library also holds a core collection of 100,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals.

Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Educational institution
  • Special/research library or institution

Archive types:

  • Art or literature
  • Business archives
  • Central government records
  • Māori archives
  • Military records
  • Other educational records
  • Personal papers
  • Religious archives
  • School records
  • Voluntary group archives, clubs, societies, etc.
  • Pacific Islands archives



Visitor information

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.

Onsite parking:

No. Readers may park in the Macmillan Brown Centre car park, opposite the Macmillan Brown Library building

Physical access:

Restrictions apply to some records. The University Library Archivist is available from 8.30-5pm Mon-Fri. At least 24 hours prior notice is advisable before visiting.

Contact details


Ilam Rd.

Postal address:

The Library, University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8020

Phone number:

  • +64 3 3642753

Fax number:

  • +64 3 3642816