The Auckland University of Technology began in 1895 as the Auckland Technical School, set up in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Since its establishment, the institution has been renamed a number of times, each name reflecting a broadening of its role and curriculum in response to the changing needs of the community. In 2000, the institution was re-established as the Auckland University of Technology,(AUT) offering programmes from pre-degree to post-graduate level. Consistent with its history, AUT is committed to the development of students, with a vision that embraces professional, vocational and community education and research to an internationally respected standard.
The building of a large new Learning Centre to house the University Library and the Self Access Learning Lab was opened in 2001. This paper will describe how the Self Access Learning Lab was established, what resources and equipment it contains, and how students access and use the material. Any learning provider who is contemplating setting up such a facility or has one in operation should find this paper helpful.