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Community Engagement: Macmillan Brown Library

Critically examine the concept of community engagement within tertiary studies and how this concept is being implemented in Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, U.K., and U.S. tertiary institutions.

MB Library Contacts

The Macmillan Brown Library is located in Te Ao Mārama: the Māori and Pacific Studies Building, on the northeast side of the campus, on Arts Road.

364 2753 (internal ext 6753) or  macbrown@

Contacts for MB Library staff

Macmillan Brown Library sources

Macmillan Brown Library is a research collection of New Zealand and Pacific Islands materials, including photographs, archives and manuscripts. It also holds materials on Maori language, history and culture.

Here is a sample of the sources held in Macmillan Brown that are relevant to CHCH101

  • Documentary archive collection - the Library holds over 4000 linear metres of archival material relating to Canterbury individuals and organisations, including a significant amount of material from volunteer groups and groups active in social change and records from University groups such as the the UCSA.
  • Waitangi Collection - focuses on material produced by, generated from, and about the Waitangi Tribunal and the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Ngāi Tahu Collection - material about Ngāi Tahu’s history, traditions, myths and legends, and the Ngāi Tahu Claim.
  • Sociology Life Story essays - many are about people involved in voluntary and civic organisations.
  • Architectural Drawings - the Library holds over 100,000 architectural drawings, covering the history of the built environment in Canterbury and Westland from the late 19th century to the modern day. The collection includes plans for many buildings damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes.
  • Photograph collection - the library has over 50 000 photographs, including many historic images of Christchurch streets and buildings
  • Local histories of Christchurch suburbs 
  • Published histories of Christchurch businesses and organisations 
  • Books on the history of the University of Canterbury
  • All the issues of Canta and other student publications
  • Newsletters and publications from organisations such as Volunteering Canterbury
  • Books on the natural history of Canterbury






Macmillan Brown Library and Community Engagement

The Macmillan Brown Library plays a significant role in the University's community engagement. The collections can be used by members of the public and visitors. Following the Canterbury earthquakes, the MB Library is contributing to the Christchurch recovery and rebuild in a number of ways:

  • Providing access to architectural drawings for architects, engineers, homeowners and  architectural historians
  • MB Library staff are members of the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team, a volunteer group of Christchurch heritage professionals who have significant experience in responding to disasters and who have developed assessment and response systems that have proved extremely helpful to institutions in disaster recovery.
  • Supplying historic images for research and publication for historians and also for those wanted to contribute their ideas for the rebuild of Christchurch.
  • Collaborating with staff from other libraries, museums and archives to collect and care for earthquake related material for future access and research.

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