Victorian Murder Mystery Night for Teens!

Join us for a glamorous banquet at Stirling Hall, a grand Victorian estate, but also the scene of a very mysterious murder!

Who is the murder victim? What was she doing in Stirling Hall? How was she killed? And most importantly, who is her killer? Scandal must be avoided at all cost and it’s up to you to find the killer!

There are limited suspect roles: Let us know if you are interested but please note that there is no guarantee that you will receive a role. You will be informed if you are successful and will receive character information before the event. If spaces run out, you will be given a bystander role .

Victorian attire is a must, so if you are interested in attending then register now, as spaces will fill quickly!

Murder Mystery Details

  • Saturday 17 August
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Victorian-style attire
  • Ages 13 - 18
  • Free!
  • Registrations required

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!

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Banish the boredom these school holidays with crafts for teens!

Get crafty these school holidays! Each Wednesday (between 2 – 4pm) during the school holidays we have a different craft aimed at teens.

DIY Magnets

Craft your own designs and make your own glass fronted magnets. Perfect for gifts or decorating the fridge!

  • Wednesday 10 July
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Ages 12 - 19
  • Free!

Sensory Jars

Make your own calm down sensory jars.  Theme your jar and watch everything swirl. Great for study or exam stress!

  • Wednesday 17 July
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Ages 12 - 19
  • Free!