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Library Subject Guides

English Literature: Home

A guide for UC students and staff

Library access in Delta Alert Level 2

All branches of the Library are open to UC staff and students.

Make sure you have your Canterbury Card with you, and wear a mask. You will also be required to scan QR codes when entering certain spaces.

Online services continue to be available as usual.

More information can be found on our Covid Alert Level 2 tab on our website.

Key Databases

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Location of English literature books in the Library

English literature theses on the UC Research Repository

Welcome to the English Literature Subject Guide

The Library has a huge range of resources available to English literature students. Ask your Subject Librarian for help in using any of these.


Canterbury poet’s letters added to NZ heritage collection

A collection of artworks, personal papers and more than 1200 letters written to poet and artist Ursula Bethell have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register. Ursula Bethell was a Canterbury poet and painter, and her letters, manuscripts, and paintings are held in the Macmillan Brown Library. The register highlights significant documentary heritage as a way of demonstrating the importance of preserving and providing access to all documentary heritage.  This collection is the sole item added to a UNESCO heritage register this year.

The Library has digitised 75 paintings by Bethell, and photographs of her, which can be viewed via Kā Kohika.

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Elizabeth Cooke
Central Library, Puaka-James Hight
ext. 93898

Normal working hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am-1pm
Subjects: Arts