Drop in and get help with your Device, our new weekly programme starting this week.

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Adult's Non-fiction Area

We are excited to announce our new device drop-in sessions starting Wednesday 14 March.

These weekly drop-ins are an informal support group to help get you familiar with your digital device. Whether it’s a tablet or mobile phone, someone will be able to help you with the basics.

Come and learn how to use Press Reader, load eBooks or audio books or just use your device to access library services. The service is free, just bring yourself and your device along.

Books to read this Heritage Month

Take a look at Southland’s rich heritage during March - walk through our historic buildings, find out more about your street and sample our history and culture with these titles.

Heritage buildings, people and stories are all combined in this highly illustrated history of Invercargill.  The format is easy to read with many photographs of early Invercargill that he inherited from his father, Frederick Hall-Jones.

Place a hold on Old Invercargill

Southland has a rich industrial heritage covering many early industries- flax, timber, flour milling, ship and bridge building, agriculture and mining. This book covers the whole of New Zealand with a few references to some local heritage sites. Illustrated throughout with photographs and section diagrams.  Reference only.

From traditional Maori dwellings and early European houses through to villas, bungalows and the introduction of the state house are all covered in this comprehensive history and style book on old New Zealand houses. A great source book if you are wanting to restore your old villa to its original style.

Place a hold on Old New Zealand Houses 1800-1940

 A fascinating look at the origin of the street and  suburb names of Invercargill and the surrounding area, ”What’s In a Name” also tells you how Invercargill got its name and which streets have had a change of name. There are lots of pictures and maps showing how the city used to look, and when and why boundaries have changed.

Place a hold on Whats in a Name?

This book is an account of the life of Robert Duncan Yule, a pioneer settler of Invercargill, and his family. It also chronicles the restoration of their family home by the Troopers Memorial Corner Charitable Trust. Their home in Ness Street is now the oldest registered wooden building in Invercargill and has been named “Yule House”.

Place a hold on The Yule family of "Yule House"

The foreword says “the cookery book was compiled during the progress of the most terrible war the world has seen.”  The funds from the sale of the cookery book went to the Southland Provincial patriotic Fund to be used for the benefit of the soldiers. Reference only.

This book contains information and photographs on the history of trams in Invercargill.  Reference only.

Heritage Month runs Southland-wide this March. Visit the Heritage South Facebook Page for details on this year's Heritage Month events.

Register now for our After Hours Family History evening

When: 29 March 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Where: Information Services
Cost: Free, but registrations are required. 

We are excited to run a second After Hours Family History session after the success of last year’s event. Everyone is welcome to register. Whether you are just starting out, are more experienced, or would just like an evening at the library to work on your family history then we would love for you to come along.

Staff will be on hand if you need help. You can use the library's reference resources as well as Ancestry. The library computers will be available to use or you can bring your own laptop or camera. Tea & coffee provided.

Register Below now!

Please note that the Invercargill Library closes at 7:00pm. When attending this event be sure to arrive before then.

Summer Reading 2017 Prize Winners Announced!

We recently finished up our Summer Reading challenge for kids & teens. This year we created a challenge to try and get our little library bus all around the NZ map. Each book that was read got us 30 km further and we made it! 

The Stats

  • 531 booklets completed
  • 280 entrants
  • 4232 books read
  • 126 960 kms travelled

Check out the video below of the buses big adventure.

The prize draw winners were:


  • Harry Moran
  • Lily McLeish
  • Angus Dobbie


  • Sreeraj Family
  • Coats Family


  • Anna Ki
  • Meera Sreeraj
  • Liam Prattley
  • Caitlyn Hamilton
  • Willow Harper
  • Lucy Thomas
  • Chloe Bashford
  • Fahim Firdaus
  • Merrin McEwan

Congratulations to all our winners, and keep an eye out next week for the winners of our adults challenge.

Find your next favourite read with Blind Date with a Book.

Your favourite love-themed library programme is returning this February as we bring back our Blind Date with a Book promotion. Check out one of our specially wrapped “Blind Date Books” this month, and discover your next favourite read.

Books will be wrapped up in paper, with a small personal ad on the top, luring you to give them a read. A fun way to try a new author or genre this summer.

Mystery books at Invercargill Library - Channel 39 News 2017

Find Love in a  Book - Southland Times 2015

After finishing the book, be sure to fill out the “Rate your Date” card inside. Let us know if it was love at first sight, or an absolute disaster, and you could win a dinner and movie prize package for two.

Are you too young for love, and just want to read? Then come and check out our "Lucky Dip Reads" chosen from our children’s books, picked especially for kids! Fill out the lucky dip form inside when you have finished reading and you could win a movie prize pack for you and a friend.

So, stop by the Library sometime in February, and who knows, you might get lucky, if not in love, then with literature perhaps?

Entries need to be in by Tuesday 13 March, Prize drawn on Wednesday 14 March.