The ISB. Information Services Building
The University of Otago Central Library, was gutted, rebuilt, and extensively enlarged at the turn of the 21st century. The building, now known as the ISB, continues to be quite a sensation and provides 2,000 plus study spaces, facilities for users with disabilities, 20 group study rooms and multiple access to databases and other electronic resources. Nearly 700,000 items including about 4,000 print and thousands of electronic journals are available. Subjects include arts and humanities, commerce, physical education, social sciences and theology. The Special Collections, on the first floor, consist of about 9,000 books printed before 1801. Other special collections are the Brasch Collection, the post-1800 stack collection, the Mellor Collection and art works including a collection of Piranesi etchings and a major McCahon mural.