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Largest library in the South Pacific

Friday, January 11, 2013

Imagine studying in the largest library in the USP region which provides services that are of international standards? Then let your imagination meet reality when you choose to study at the University of the South Pacific. Spread across 12 countries in the USP region with a network of 22 libraries, the main library based at the Laucala campus offers you the very best!

USP Library operates in an increasingly digital environment using online technology to reach all its clients across the region. USP Library is housed in a landmark building at the Laucala campus. Its facilities, resources and services compare well with counterparts in New Zealand and Australia.

The building measures 6,500 sq metres, has 780 seats for readers, houses close to one million physical volumes, 30,000 full text titles accessible via multidisciplinary databases with 24/7 access from the library website. Facilities available at the USP library:

* PC workstations with internet access and word-processing capability, and printers

* Wireless connection throughout the building

* Email kiosk for students to check their USP email

* Online Public Access Catalogues on all levels for library users to check the library's holdings. The main library catalogue is fully automated and accessible via the library's website. This catalogue contains the records of items held or ordered by the library and information on their current status. Library users can also access their

Library record via the catalogue. It is implemented on the Spydus platform, one of the largest systems in use by 1,300 libraries internationally

* Multi-Functioning Devices (MFDs) on all floors of the

library for users to do their own photocopying and scanning. Photocopying can also be done by library staff for users

* 'All-Night Reading' Room that is open from 10pm to 7am

(Monday - Thursday) during semesters

* Discussion Room

* Post-Graduate Room

The library has a number of special collections. The Pacific Collection is an internationally recognised research collection with valuable resources on the Pacific region. The Library also provides special information services through the Oceania Sports Information Centre (OSIC) and Pacific Islands Marine Resources Information Service (PIMRIS).

The library also has online resources to reach users wherever they are located in the region with subscriptions to a wide range of online databases. Special classes on how to use the main databases are conducted for students in order to help them learn how to search for information.


The Library has an experienced and skilled team of professional librarians who are trained internationally, paraprofessional staff who hold the USP Diploma in Library and Information Studies and specialised staff who are qualified and experienced in their areas of expertise.

The Library offers:

* An extensive Information Literacy Programme aimed at developing information skills for lifelong learning

* An Information Desk that is staffed whenever the Library is open

* An 'Ask-a-Librarian' service—a virtual reference service through our website

* Inter-library loans service for materials that are not held by USP Library

* A Reserve Collection of heavily used materials for shortterm loans

* Reservations of books that are on loan

* ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and CIP

(Cataloguing-in-Publication) services

* Publications such as Library News (monthly), PaCfika

(quarterly) and a range of brochures and guides

* The best binding service in the region

* Liaison Librarian service whereby a professional librarian acts as the contact between teaching staff and the Library (for training in information literacy, subject enquiries, collection development, etc.)

* A website that is updated regularly: library—the portal to our services and resources. With all these facilities and services on offer, the USP Library is a centre of excellence when it comes to serving students and the wider Pacific community to enable them to become lifelong learners.

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