About the Collection







  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Easter Island
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Kiribati 


  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis & Futuna
  • West Papua or Irian Jaya

The Collection also includes works on Pacific and indigenous peoples of Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand and on Pacific Island communities living outside the region.
About the Collection





The Collection of roughly 87,000 volumes includes the following types of works:

There is also a small collection of archival materials. This includes manuscripts and newspaper clippings, most of which relate to the University itself.



Pacific Collection materials may only be used:

  • in the Pacific Collection Reading Room
  • by the person to whom they are issued

All borrowers must be in possession of a valid USP Library borrower's card (student, staff, external borrower, visitor).

Only one item will be issued at a time. Each request should be presented to the staff at the Pacific Collection desk,
which will retrieve the item from the Collection.

Items are issued for a 3 hour period and may be renewed.

Pacific Collection holdings are listed in the Library Catalogue and are identifiable by the location symbol PAC.

In the interests of preservation and conservation, users are encouraged to use second copies of Pacific material held in other collections of the Library.





  • Issues and Loans
    Only one item may be issued at a time. The Pacific Collection Librarian has the discretion to withhold the loan of an item.
  • Reference
    Reference service is provided through the Information Desk on Level B. The Pacific Collection Librarian is also available for consultation. Please ask at the Pacific Collection Desk or e-mail paclib(at)
  • Photocopies
    The Library complies with the Fiji Copyright Act of 1999. For preservation purposes, some materials such as pre-1940 works may not be available for photocopying by the user. All materials are copied at the discretion of the Pacific Collection Librarian.
  • Interlibrary Loans
    Pacific Collection items (especially theses) are generally not available for interlibrary loan. However second and third copies of Pacific materials may be available for lending, at the discretion of the Pacific Collection Librarian.
  • Audiovisual Equipment
  • A DVD player and VHS player are available to view Pacific Collection films.
  • Browsing the Collection
    USP academic staff, postgraduate students, and other persons as approved by the University Librarian may browse the Collection. Users must first sign the Register at the Pacific Collection Desk. This service will be monitored closely to ensure that materials in the Collection are used with care, so as to minimize damage.




Guides to the Collection

Print copies of lists of holdings for posters, theses, maps, videotapes, USP archival materials are available at the Pacific Collection Desk. Below are Microsoft Word files containing commonly requested indexes:


Legal Depository

USP Library serves as a depository library for Fiji, with the stated purpose of preserving the nation's cultural and intellectual heritage. As such it is mandates to receive a copy of everything published in the country, as required by the Libraries (Deposit of Books) Act (1972).

Publishers and printers in Fiji are hereby advised that they are legally required to deposit a copy of each work thus published, free of charge, to the USP Library and the National Archives of Fiji. The printed or published material should be deposited within one month of the day the first book is delivered out of press. Materials received by USP Library under this Act are added to the Pacific Collection, where they may be borrowed according to the rules of the Collection.

Please send or deliver the deposit copies of publications to:

Contact Information
The librarian (Pacific Collection)
The University of the South Pacific Library
Tel.: +679 323 2285; 323 2380
Fax: +679 323 1528
Email: paclib(at)


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