Think before you print

paper1aAll this paper was collected from waste paper trays around the library in ONE DAY.

It’s about 200 pages.

That’s about 1000 pages per week. That’s two whole packets of copy paper.

That’s about 16 packets per term – that’s a whole tree!

That’s a lot to throw away.

If you find this a bit scary, try some of these tips to reduce paper use:

  • Use Follow You Print
  • Read articles online and take notes by hand
  • Save articles and class notes to a pendrive, dropbox, or onedrive.
  • Try printing three, four, or even six powerpoint slides on a page
  • Print double sided (this is now the CPIT default setting)

If you would like help with printing or photocopying, library staff are always happy to help.

Let’s save a tree!    tree

Pistols at dawn in 1844 on this day in history


On this day in history it was pistols at dawn between two lawyers resulting in the death of one of them in Thorndon, Wellington.

New Zealand History online is an awesome reputable source of New Zealand historical information as are Papers Past and Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

For more reputable websites for New Zealand information be sure to visit our Aotearoa / New Zealand subject guide.



I also recently visited Canterbury University’s  Macmillan Brown Library which has an extensive range of historical Canterbury resources. The Macmillan Brown Library is a research library, archive, and art gallery.  Check out access to their Digital Library  which is on their Heritage Collections page.

The Architectural Drawing collections contains over 100, ooo items and is one of the largest in New Zealand.

A small portion of their Art Collection has been digitised and can be viewed online also.

So whether its pistols at dawn or something else in New Zealand history you’re wanting to research there are a wealth of electronic resources out there.

Prefer a book or a DVD? Don’t forget to search Primo Library Search   on a particular topic or come in and  browse the shelves in the DU420 section in the General and the Māori Collections downstairs in the Library.

Here’s just a selection of the 1498 titles which are found in Primo from a search on New Zealand history.



Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines day rosesBlind date with a book 

Valentine’s Day, Friday 14th February

Join in the fun with CPIT Library on Valentine’s Day by taking out a blind date from the library! How does a blind date of the literary kind sound?

We’ve wrapped some books in brown paper, so that you won’t know the identity of your blind date until you get it home. On the front of the wrapping, you’ll find a clue as to what genre book hides inside.

Be one of the first eight people to borrow one of our ‘blind date books’, like our CPIT Library page on Facebook and receive a chocolate rose for yourself or your Valentine!

Wanting to know more about Valentine’s Day or looking for a bookish recommendation? Check out what our friends at Christchurch City Libraries have to offer.

TimeOut lists the 100 best romantic movies, how many have you seen?

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt”. Charles M. Schulz

How do I check my print credit?

Using the kiosk

To find out how much money you have on your CPIT student card you can do either of the following:

1. Find the kiosk in the Library or atrium.


2. Select Credit Account

3. Wave your student card in front of the ID scanner below the screen.

wave id

4. Then on the screen select Show balance (find in the top left).

Checking credit from a computer

Alternatively, from any computer, once you have logged in with your CPIT login and password,  you can:

1. Click the Windows Start icon in the bottom left.


2. Type  Print in the search box above the Windows icon.


3. Select Print balance


4. Select continue

5. Use your CPIT login and password in the equitrac login area to access your print balance details.


Here is a PDF about how to check your print credit.

See also related topics – When is it good to use ‘Follow you’ print  and How to add credit to my print account.

Click FAQs for answers to common questions in the Library.

For personal assistance ask a Librarian at the front desk, email or phone (03) 940 8089.

It’s movie time!

UP poster

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE going to the cinema and I will use any excuse to go and see pretty much anything.  What’s even more magical is seeing a good movie out in the open air on the big screen.  So this weekend, if you have never experienced this, go along to Victoria Square in the city centre to see The Good Night Festival from 8:30pm Friday 7th – Sunday 9th February.  Go early to grab a good spot and take along a seat, picnic and a loved one, snuggle up in a sleeping bag and enjoy the following:

  • Friday: Up (PG)
  • Saturday: The Great Gatsby (PG-13)
  • Sunday: Gloomy Sunday

Should be a fun night out.