Hundreds of Auckland University students protest against plan to close libraries

Hundreds of Auckland University students have rallied today against a plan by the university to close libraries and make other cutbacks.

Submissions close today on the university's proposal to close five specialist libraries and merge their collections into the General Library.

Architecture, music and dance, and fine arts libraries would be affected. 

The Auckland University Students' Association says specialist staff will be lost and study space removed.

A band played as hundreds of students gathered at the university clock tower at lunchtime today and heard speakers put the case for the libraries to stay open.

While the university says the changes are needed to cut costs, the students say this shouldn't be at the expense of their education. 

In a Facebook post ahead of the rally, the association said it demands the university protects students' study spaces, specialist staff, special collections and the arts.

It called on the university to listen to student and commit to "meaningful consultation".