Lunchtime family history talks with the NZ Society of Genealogists

The NZ Society of Genealogists, Southland Branch presents a week of lunchtime family history talks to celebrate Family History Month.

Located in the Invercargill Public Library Meeting Room starting at 12.15pm each day. Entry is free & you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Each day a different expert will talk about a different family history topic. All wecome.

Family History Week

  • 5 - 9 August
  • 12:15pm
  • Meeting Room
  • Free!




  • Preserving the past for the Future
    Mary Stuart, NZSG Southland
  • Early Bluff birth facts
    Yvonne Service, NZSG Southland




  • Tracing your Whakapapa
    Joe Wakefield




  • Using local resources – a Riverton case study
    John Macmanus, NZSG Southland




  • Discover the Invercargill Archive online
    Amanda Hunter, Invercargill City Libraries & Archives




  • Genealogical Researching at Salt Lake City
    Elaine Scott, NZSG Gore

This event is run by the NZ Society of Genealogists

Library showcase! Celebrate our building refurbishment and 30th anniversary!

Invercargill City Libraries & Archives staff and management invite you to attend the blessing and opening ceremony of our newly refurbished building. We are also celebrating 30 years at our Dee Street location.

  • Friday 19 July
  • 4:00 - 7:00pm
  • All ages

There will be live music, cake, and fun for all ages! The festivities will begin at 4:00pm with the ribbon cutting and blessing featuring honoured guests His Worship the Mayor, Sir Tim Shadbolt and Library kaumatua Michael Skerrett. Performances from Russ Dear, Ken Wellington, Jo Cooper and Emma Wells.

Evening Timeline

  • 4:00pm: Blessing & Ribbon Cutting
  • 4:15pm: Showcase Begins!

Featured Events

Virtual reality!


GIF Booth!

Live music performances!

Cake! Cake! Cake!

Event Map

Winter Reading: Keep warm and carry on!

1 July - 31 August

Our Winter Reading challenge is back for 2019, and is open to all ages!

Read six books, fill out a booklet in the Library or online, and you could win! If you are an avid reader then you don’t have to stop at six books. You can enter as many booklets as you like! Completed booklets must be received by 4:00pm 31 August. Booklets can be returned to any Invercargill or Southland District Library, or submit your entry online!

In association with:

Meet the Astronomers!

Photo of Space

Are you a budding astronomer?  Then we have the event for you!

Members of the Southland Astronomical Society will be in the Library to talk about star gazing, astronomy, and of course Matariki! They will be bringing some of their equipment too!

This will be a great opportunity to see some of their awesome equipment and find out about all the cool stuff they do.

  • Saturday 22 June
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Free!

World Wide Knit in Public Day

World Wide Knit in Public Day began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.

Spend as much (or as little) time as you like. Work on projects together, show off your latest knitting project or help someone new to the craft learn with tips and advice.

We will provide some extra needles and wool for people who may like to give it a go!


  • Saturday 8 June
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Invercargill Public Library Lounge

What is World Wide Knit in Public Day?

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company.