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.

Not your usual love story. Romance films that don’t always end with a Happy Ever After.

Romance doesn’t always end with “and they all lived happily ever after.”   But it’s the romantic journey from beginning to end that keeps us entertained.   We decided to share some romantic movies that might scare you, make you laugh, make you cry, maybe even make you wish you were single again.

When Lily, a shy fast-food restaurant cashier and hopeless romantic, and Jarrod, another forsaken eccentric, connect at a 'come as your favourite animal' party, it's a match seemingly made in outcast heaven.

Place a hold on Eagle vs Shark

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is different from his fellow Dead. Then he meets Julie. She's the opposite of everything he knows: warm, bright - and very much alive. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

Place a hold on Warm Bodies

Alex is a handsome school teacher in his mid thirties and his parents want him to marry a good Greek girl. But Alex falls hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Eve, a lawyer, whose parents are Lebanese Muslim. Like oil and water, the two should never mix, only how can they stop themselves from falling in love?

Place a hold on Alex & Eve

Ex-maid of honor Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the 'random' table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers.

Place a hold on Table 19

Five years after losing the love of her life, one moment suddenly changes Nikki forever... at first sight and with one glimpse, she falls in love again. The object of her affection, Tom, is the man of her dreams - a handsome art teacher with a big heart, kind smile and zest for life. And he just happens to look exactly like Nikki's deceased husband, Garrett. Seduced by the chance to re-live her first true love, Nikki spirals into a fantasy world of life with Tom as Garrett.

Place a hold on The Face of Love

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim. A bass guitarist for garage band, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams, literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues' gallery from her past. If he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all.

Place a hold on Scott Pilgrim vs The World

It's William Shakespeare's epic and searing tale of love. An ageless story from the world's most renowned author is re-imagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend.

Place a hold on Romeo and Juliet

The road to true love is never easy and never smooth . It’s not a Mills and Boon world out there and sometimes being a little bit out of the ordinary can make a difference. Be different, take a risk, hug a Zombie… maybe!