Crafternoon Tea flax weaving session

Date: 26 July 2018
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sharne Parkinson will be bringing her flax weaving talents to the Library during July to farewell Matariki celebrations. Sharne will be teaching and providing all the materials for people to learn and make various items using the flax materials. People will learn the ancient technique of flax weaving to make stars to celebrate Matariki. This is a free event and tea and coffee will be provided.

The Great Indoors: Winter Reading Challenge for all ages

Join the The Great Indoors: Winter Reading Challenge and Win!

Illustration of woman reading by the fire

Are you an avid reader? Do you need something to do inside on these cold winter days? Then why not take part in our annual Winter Reading Challenge!

The rules are simple! Read and log 6 books during the months of July and August in our Winter Reading log book and every completed reading log will go in the draw for a $100 Paper Plus voucher!

Pick up a reading log at any Southland Library, or download it below.


Entries must be received by 7pm Friday 31 August.

The winner will be notified Friday 7 September.

Pop up Library in South City on Monday 18 June

We are holding a special Pop up Library while we are closed for refurbishment. Come along at the times below to enjoy taster sessions of our most popular programmes!
Wriggle and Rhyme - Photos of Mums and Babies


  • 10.30 - 11.15am Wriggle and Rhyme
  • 12:00 - 1.30pm The Chatter
  • 1.30 - 3.30pm Lego
  • 1.30 - 3.30pm Colour Me Happy
  • 1.30 - 3.30pm Adult Board Games
  • 1.30 - 3.30pm Crafternoon Tea
  • 2:00 – 2.30pm Preschool Storytime

Upcoming Library closures: 17 and 18 June

Thank you for your patience while the refurbishment project is underway.

At present we are moving collections from Adults’ Services across to Children’s Services and contractors are starting to lay new carpet tiles in Information Services.  Once completed Collections will start to be moved back to Information Services.

Stage 2 starts 15 June

  • Access to Adults’ Services will be closed from 17 June
  • The Library will be closed to the public on Sunday 17 June and Monday 18 June to allow for removal of tiles on the ground floor.
  • The Library will be open to the public on Tuesday 19 June with foyer access restricted and some noise as work is completed. Access will be from Dee St.
  • Access from Leven St Car Park building is not available on the ground floor – use first floor if accessing Information Services and lane between Railway Hotel and Leven St Car Park building to enter via Dee St.
  • The Returns will be on the Children’s side of the foyer.
  • Non-fiction and Biographies will be upstairs in Information Services.

Please ask staff if you require any assistance.

All updates about changes will be available on our website , Facebook page and notices in the library.

Changes to Meeting Room access on 28 May

Floor Plan of Access Door to Meeting Room

As part of the Library refurbishment process, access to the first floor of the Library will be prohibited from 4:00pm on 28 May. Access to the Meeting room (temporary Information Services and internet computers)will be via the fire exit stairs, with the entrance located on Dee street.   We regret to inform you that we will not be able to provide alternative access for those with mobility issues during this time.

Access will return to normal on Tuesday 29 May.