Pacific Collection



The Pacific Collection contains materials pertaining to Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. Countries covered are:

  • 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

The collection also has some items relating to the Australian Aborigines, Hawaiians, New Zealand Maoris, and Pacific Island communities living outside the region.



New titles added to the Pacific Collection are listed here.

Links to recommended websites for Pacific research are available here

The Collection of approximately 100,000 titles and includes the following types of works:

  • books
  • serial titles including journals, magazines and newspapers
  • theses
  • consultancy reports and government documents
  • conference and symposia proceedings
  • reprints
  • DVDs, CD-ROMs, videotapes and microforms
  • maps, posters and ephemera
  • a rare collection

We also have access to  selected microfilms of the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (Australia National University). These can be digitized on demand by request. Please visit the PAMBU Pacific Manuscripts Bureau collection here

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 titles are listed in the Library Catalogue.

Indexes are available for:



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).
  • Borrowers must fill in green issue slips and present to the staff at the Pacific Collection desk, who will retrieve the item from the Collection.
  • Only one item will be issued at a time.
  • Items are issued for a 3 hour period and may be renewed.

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

  • Photocopying and scanning

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.

Legal Depository

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:

The Librarian (Pacific Collection)
The University of the South Pacific Library
Tel.: +679 323 2285; 323 2380
Fax: +679 323 1528




The Pacific Collection currently has over 2,000 theses, the majority of which are from USP. All theses are in the USP Library Catalogue. There is also a List of Theses; to search the list press Ctrl+F, then enter a search term, e.g. 'Thaman' or 'Pacific Theological College' in the "Find What" and click "Find Next". 


USP Theses

Format and Style for the Presentation of Theses: Guidelines. This document details the guidelines on the format and style for the final copy of theses submitted.

Procedure for Deposit of USP Theses with the Library, including:

Author Statement of Accessibility form

Author Statement of Accessibility form. Part 2

Binding Cost


USP Library Digital Theses Project

The Library is in the process of obtaining permission from authors of USP theses to have their work digitally scanned for access (i) via the Internet and the USP Intranet to registered members of the USP Community, and (ii) via the Internet to the international community.


USP Theses Collection


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