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The library is currently working on developing new policies. These policies will help make sure that everyone who uses the library has a good experience. They might include rules about borrowing books, using computers, or being quiet in certain areas. Developing these policies takes time, but it’s important to make sure they’re fair and helpful for everyone. Stay tuned for updates as we work on improving your library experience!

Organizational Structure

To view the library’s organizational structure, simply click on the provided link. This will give you a visual overview of how the library is set up, including its various departments, teams, and roles. Understanding the structure can help you navigate the library more effectively and know who to contact for assistance.

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:00am to 10:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Public Holidays will be announced appropriately


Overdue Fines

Overdue fines accumulate at a rate of 50t per book per day when the book is overdue and  users will be notified of arrears to settle in their account.

a)      LOST BOOKS

  •  Fines for lost books include an administrative fee of K20 and a standard fee of K200
  •  Fines are paid at accounts and receipts returned by person concerned to staff at the Circulation desk
  • Anyone with library fines cannot be cleared till all arrears are settled with the Accounts and the Library

b)      DAMAGED

  • Item(s) damaged while on loan is liable for penalty fine or a replacement cost (exact copy)
  • Damaged item (s) will be carefully examined to determine severity of the fine

American Corner

At the American Corner in our university library, we have lots of books about America. You can find stories, history books, and books about American culture. We have old classics and new favorites, all showing different parts of American life. Come check out our collection and learn more about America!

American Corners, or also commonly referred to as American Spaces, exemplifies the U.S commitment to a core tenet of democracy: the citizen’s right to free access to information. With over 700 spaces worldwide, American Spaces provide access to the latest, in-depth information about the United States, connecting Americans and host country citizens in engaging discussions on U.S. policy, society, culture and values.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8am-10pm
  • Friday: 8am-4pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 1pm-5pm

Public Holidays: CLOSED

Past Exam Papers

The Matheson Library has Past Exam Papers for the Undergraduate Program. Only registered students of this institution are granted access to the collection. Click the link below to access.

News Letter

A library newsletter is a friendly letter that tells people about all the cool stuff happening at the Matheson library. It shares news about events, new books, and anything else you might want to know. It helps keep everyone in the loop and excited about what the library has to offer.

List of Printed Journals

In our university library, we have a list of printed journals. These are like magazines that have articles about different subjects, like science, history, or art. You can read them in the library to learn more about your interests or research topics.

Events Calendar

In the Matheson library, we have an events calendar. This calendar shows all the exciting activities happening at the library, like workshops, book clubs, or guest speaker events. It helps you plan your visits and make sure you don’t miss out on any fun or educational opportunities!

Library History

The library was set up in a makeshift tent where the new Forestry building is now, next to a canteen for Business studies students. The canteen attracted staff and students to stop by the tent to read daily. Mrs Wendy Wilson was the librarian in charge and Mr. George Kivia was her assistant. Mr. Kivia was the 1st national staff to work in this library.
Both staff would bring books and magazines out every day to the tent and pack them again for the next day. It rained a lot here and wet days were quite difficult to work, but the librarian was quite creative and found interesting ways to make library work exciting.
Later in the year, the Sandover building complex was completed and on July 11th 1969, was officially opened by the Governor General who also declared the opening of the Institute to Papua New Guinea Institute of Technology at the same time. The library was then moved to the Sandover building. In November 1972, stage 1 of the current library building was completed and was officially opened by the Chief Minister then, Honorable Michael Thomas Somare. In August 1973, the institute was renamed the Papua New Guinea University of Technology.
On December 14th 1975, the current library was officially opened by Dr. Louis Matheson and named in honor of himself. The 2nd stage of the library was completed in September 1977 and shelves were built on the first floor in late October into November of the same year.
The highlight of the national staff career (late Mr George Kivia) had been the transition of the Institution from an Institute to a University and the students he had assisted who now hold responsible positions and impact greatly in their workplace in the country and overseas.
Institute of Higher Technical Education, the name and status was changed to PNG University of Technology.
On August 9, 1993, Library Staff Since Establishment. 1967 – 3 staff, 2 expatriates and 1 national Number of staff Increased from 3 – 10 – 20 – 25 – 30- 42. 30% were expatriates from 1980 to 1990. From 1990 – 2000, 5% were expatriates. Number of staff decreased to 21. 2000 – fully localized. 

See Full story compiled by Percy Roary.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. How do I borrow books from the library?
    • To borrow books, you need a valid university ID card. Simply bring the books you want to borrow to the circulation desk, where a staff member will assist you in checking them out.

  2. Can I renew my borrowed books online?
    • Yes, you can renew your borrowed books online through the library’s website. Log in to your library account using your university credentials, and you’ll find an option to renew your borrowed items.

  3. How long can I borrow books for?
    • The borrowing period for books varies depending on your status (e.g., student, faculty, staff) and the type of material. Generally, books can be borrowed for a few weeks and can be renewed if no one else has placed a hold on them.

  4. How do I find a specific book in the library?
    • You can search for books using the library’s online catalog, which is accessible through the library’s website. Once you find the book you’re looking for, note its location and call number to locate it on the shelves.

  5. Can I access electronic resources from off-campus?
    • Yes, you can access electronic resources such as databases, e-books, and journals from off-campus. You’ll need to log in using your university credentials when prompted to verify your affiliation with the university.

  6. How can I request a book or article that the library doesn’t have?
    • If the library doesn’t have a book or article you need, you can request it through inter-library loan services. This allows the library to borrow the item from another library on your behalf.

  7. Are there study spaces available in the library?
    • Yes, the library provides various study spaces, including quiet study areas, group study rooms, and computer labs. Some spaces may require reservations, so be sure to check the library’s website for availability.

  8. Can I print, scan, or photocopy in the library?
    • Yes, the library offers printing, scanning, and photocopying services. You can use the printers and copiers located throughout the library, and scanning services are often available at designated stations.

  9. How can I get help with my research or finding resources?
    • Librarians are available to assist you with your research needs. You can visit the reference desk during library hours, schedule a research consultation, or reach out to librarians via email or online chat for assistance.

  10. What are the library’s hours of operation?
    • The library’s hours of operation vary depending on the day of the week and the time of year. You can check the library’s website for current hours and any holiday closures.

Library Events Calendar