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Library use by alumni welcome
Alumni who wish to make use of the Lincoln University library for professional or recreational reading and borrowing are welcome to do so. Library use is one of many ways for alumni to stay in contact with their University.

Information about library use by alumni and details of how alumni may enrol with the George Forbes Memorial Library at Lincoln University are available at 

Essentially, there is an application form to fill out and bring with you, along with photoID, when you first visit the library. For alumni, membership for the first six months is free and thereafter the fee is $30 for up to three months, $60 for up to six months and $100 up to 12 months.

Alumni using the library in person may borrow books and serials, receive basic reference services, receive more advanced reference service at an hourly rate, use certain databases, use their library card to photocopy, use the interloan service at a discounted rate. Distant alumni within New Zealand may request copies of a maximum of five serial articles from the library collection per year free of charge.   

Usual semester time library hours are:
• Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 9.00pm
• Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm. 
• Saturday and Sunday 10.30am - 6.00pm.

A book to borrow...
Now here’s a good read that many alumni will enjoy.  It’s called John’s Journey, by John Whitelock of Feilding. The book is a 400-page memoir of a life in the agricultural sector, and while it is part personal family history, complete with genealogical details, the context in which this life story is set lifts the work to a high level of social and historical value.

As solicitor and colleague Phil Sunderland says in his foreword: John’s Journey traces, in depth, the development of the dairy industry in the Manawatu and it provides an insight into an economic development which was essential to the growth and wellbeing not only of the Manawatu but of the country as a whole. The book is a significant resource for those who wish to better understand the development of the dairy industry in the Manawatu.

John’s involvement with dairying in the region began as a farmer but quickly moved into the corporate area with his election as a Director of the Manawatu Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd, of which he ultimately became chairman. The Manawatu Co-operative company grew and was party to various mergers such as with Tui Co-operative Dairy Company and Wellington Dairy Farmers. Eventually, as Sunderland points out, these mergers led to the huge regional entity that was Tui Milk Products Ltd, and ultimately the merger with Kiwi Co-operative Dairies. 

As a personal record and account of dairy industry business activities and politics in the Manawatu the book stands as an immensely important piece of documentation, alongside the still unfolding and still to be written story of South Island dairying in places like Canterbury.

Reports, correspondence, facts, figures, photos, press clippings, all are used by the author to support an absorbing narrative. In putting this book together John has done an immense service to a niche area of New Zealand social and economic history. Of course it is a family history and personal story too, as much as a contribution to the public record. It is the story of John, his wife and children, and their forebears (English in origin on his side, Scandinavian on his wife’s side) and their life in the Manawatu.

While John Whitelock himself is not a Lincoln University alumnus, two of his grandchildren are, and rugby followers will be very familiar with their names - George (DipAg 2014) and Sam Whitelock (BSc 2014). All Blacks, both of them!   

John’s Journey may be found in the library under DU 434.W5 Whi 2008