Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Libraries and special resources


The University of Auckland Library system covers five campuses and comprises the General Library and ten specialist libraries. 

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Philson Library

The Philson Library provides a range of quality library and information resources and services for students and faculty, including:

  • Search everything - the University of Auckland library catalogue - providing access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-books, e-journals) within the library and from home in one easy search box
  • Book and DVD collections for borrowing
  • Thousands of journals, most of which are available electronically
  • Inter-campus and inter-library loan services enabling access to materials held elsewhere within the University and beyond
  • Internet access, printing and photocopying
  • Learning, teaching and researcher support from an experienced and professional information services team
  • A contract to provide library and information resources and services to Auckland District Health Board staff.

The Philson Library is based at Grafton Campus.



Tamaki Library

The Tamaki Library provides, in addition to the electronic resources mentioned above, library collection and information services to support The School of Population Health.

Grafton Information Commons


Our world leading information commons facilities provide hundreds of dedicated computer access and study spaces in addition to those available in the Philson and Tamaki libraries. Individual departments may also offer study rooms for students enrolled in their courses.

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The AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre - Whakaaro Pai

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) Medical Sciences Learning Centre - Whakaaro Pai was officially opened in December 2005 by Prime Minister Helen Clark, and was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Institute of Architects Award.

Designed by Auckland architect Rick Pearson, the new learning centre is purpose-built for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in anatomy, radiology, pathology and clinical skills. It houses a comprehensive tissue, specimen and anatomical collection in a formal museum-like setting. Display shelving is organised in a circular arrangement around a central core that depicts da Vinci's classic symmetrical image of man - the Vitruvian man. The circular design echoes the classic medical lecture theatre of The University of Padua in Italy, where anatomy teaching ushered in the modern era of medical education.

Visit the AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre - Whakaaro Pai