HIV Library

Our library service started in 1983 and has grown into the largest, most comprehensive collection on the HIV epidemic in the Southern Hemisphere.

About the collection

We have a comprehensive range of scientific information about the HIV epidemic, as well as a social and historical record of issues affecting the groups most at-risk of contracting HIV within New Zealand, in particular gay and bisexual men. Some of the other subjects covered by the collection include:

  • HIV and AIDS
  • Clinical/symptoms
  • Complementary therapies
  • Counselling and support
  • Discrimination and human rights
  • Health care workers
  • Homosexuality, bisexuality, sexual orientation
  • Legal and ethics
  • Policy – local and international
  • Prevention education
  • Health promotion
  • Research – local and international
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Treatments and vaccines
  • Virology and immunology
  • Women
  • Workplace
  • Youth 


Who can benefit?

The library collections and services are mainly intended for the use of NZAF staff, people living with HIV and AIDS, postgraduate students and professionals (such as doctors, educators and teachers, health care workers, health promotion staff, university staff, researchers, journalists, social workers, therapists and counsellors). 

Accessing the library

Please contact the librarian to discuss access. Access for most external users will be ‘reference-only’ but we are open to discussion on a case-by-case basis. As most items will also be held by other libraries, advice can be given on how to access lending copies elsewhere.

Opening hours are 9am-4pm, Monday to Tuesday by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact Wayne Carter.