Get started using the library

Key information about using the Ministry of Education Library.
About the library

The Ministry of Education Library is based in Wellington and provides access to published and publicly released publications across a broad range of subject areas to support your work. 

Our contact details are:

Use the about section of the website to find out more about the library.

Education Library website

You can use this website to: 

  • find reports, books, and journal and magazine articles 
  • search the library catalogue, OneSearch, and library databases
  • access subscription websites and encyclopedias
  • learn more about using library tools and finding information and research 
  • find out how you can keep up-to-date, and
  • access your library account and renew books and update your contact details.
Your library username and password 

All members have a library username and password.

Find out about logging in to library resources

Find out about your account

Borrow, renew, and return library materials

Use OneSearch or our library catalogue to find and request books. If available, items are usually ready for you to pick up from level 8 Mātauranga House or in the mail within a day. Take care of anything you borrow, and return or renew by their due date. Please don't lend our resources to people who are not members of our library.

We may be able to source books and articles from other libraries (interloans) to support the work of Ministry and central government education agency staff.

Find out about borrowing, renewing, and returning library material 

Learn how to request a book 

Access journal and magazine articles

Learn how to download or request an article when you know the publication details. 

Use Journals A-Z to find out if we have a specific publication or to see all our journal and magazine titles listed by subject area. Search for the publication title.

Use OneSearch to find something on your topic and a database to carry out a comprehensive or targeted search.

Learn about using library resources

Use the how to section for guidance on using your account, using the library catalogue, accessing ebooks, and sharing links to library content.  

Learn about finding information and research

Find information and research includes guides to finding specific publications, deciding where to search, search tips, and suggestions for refining your searches.

Ministry and agency staff can contact us for advice, support, and training in using the library effectively and finding information and research.

Keep up-to-date with the education sector

Ministry and agency staff can sign up to email updates to keep up-to-date with what is happening in the education sector. 

Find out about government, politics, education, and media updates

Keep up-to-date with research

To keep up with research in your area of interest:

Connect with the library emails

We regularly send connect with the library emails to:

  • all Ministry staff
  • all registered members from the Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Education Review Office, and Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • disability and learning support staff working in schools and early intervention centres.