Lending & Collections

Full library members may borrow up to 50 items at any one time. Most items can be borrowed for free, except Hot Picks, DVDs/Blurays, and video games.

Material Type
Borrowing Period
Cost
Late Fees

Books

28 days

Free

20c per day

Books (Fast-Track)

14 days

Free

20c per day

DVDs/Blurays

7 days

$1.00

50c per day

Hot Picks

Books/Magazines

DVDs/Blurays

7 days

$2.50

50c per day

Magazines

14 days

Free

20c per day

Music CDs

7 days

Free

20c per day

Puzzles & Board Games

28 days

Free

20c per day

Videogames

PlayStation 2/3/4

Xbox 360/One

Nintendo Wii

7 days

$2.50

50c per day

Special Collections

ESOL & IELTS

ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. These collection features workbooks, level appropriate materials, and audiobooks to help those learning English.

Newspapers

We hold recent copies of most local and national papers.  We store historic copies of the Southland Times, the Southland Daily News and other local newspapers. Some copies are on microfilm. Ask at the Information Services desk for these items. Library members can also access newspapers online.

Local Collection

The Local Collection has items relating to Invercargill, Southland, Stewart Island, and other southern islands. It includes books, directories, maps, CDs, DVDs and other formats. Some early Otago items are also included post-1860s.  We try and obtain a copy of all published material with local content or by a local person. Ask at the Information Services desk for these items which can only be used in this area of the library.

Research Collection

The Research Collection has many resources useful for students and researchers. It includes historical information, statistical data, Government publications and New Zealand history. The library also has a reference collection which covers most topics. The St Andrew’s collection contains material about Scottish heritage. Ask at the Information Services desk for these items which can only be used in this area of the library. 

Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription is a programme run by WellSouth Primary Health Network and the libraries of Otago and Southland. The aim is to increase access to high quality health information.

The Books on Prescription programme aims to complement existing health services. It is an example of how you can manage your own healthcare. Find more information on their official website.

  1. 8 Minute Meditation
  2. Quiet the Mind
  3. Mindfulness (8 week plan in audiobook format)