School Visits

The Invercargill Public Library promotes programmes to enable our schools and communities to discover, connect and enjoy – providing opportunities for all. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you in planning the details of your visit and any activities that you would like students to do while they are here. We are also available for visits out to schools and centres.

Please note: booking in advance is essential!

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Types of Visits

Library Visits

Our programmes provide schools access to and support in the use of digital technologies to continue lifelong learning with a focus on fun and creativity.

Come along and see how a library works, how to find and access information and share in the wealth of resources available to support the teaching of literacy, the other Areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.

We offer lessons tailored to suit your learners' specific needs for groups up to 50.  These aim to support current learning in schools as well as library skills.

Our Preschool Librarian is available to do in house preschool visits with the choices being: Story time and craft (themed), Story time and interactive time, i.e. parachute play, rhythm sticks, felt board stories, story stones or Digital Story time.  Only on Tuesdays with a minimum of 2 weeks notice. 


Our Librarians are available to come and visit your class, school or teachers.

Visits can include:

  • Promoting Literacy and Independent Reading
  • Engaging young readers
  • Research skills, including online research tools
  • Book Talks and Reading advice
  • Story times
  • Any Questions workshops 
  • Class reward visits
  • Book themed visits and resources
  • eBooks and Tumble books 
  • Creative Game Design using Bloxels
  • Learning with Lego
  • Coding with Robots
Archives Tours

We have a range of resources, all Southland specific, that are available for public use including school records, photos, maps, letters and diaries. Decisions are made on materials based on how it relates to Southland, their uniqueness, the long-term value of the item and how much we know about it. We can tailor a visit to your class for you to learn about our Archive and how it works.

Learning Resources


The library has three Dash and Dot robots available for visits of up to 10 children. The robots come with four different apps that aim to teach programming and coding lessons through music, mazes, paths and puzzles. Users on the older side can even try their hand at making their own iOS and Android applications for the robots. 


Bloxels are a hands-on video game creation system. Students use the cubes and game board to create characters and levels which they then upload to an app to play. The library has a set of 10 kits, so students can work in small groups to share and create their ideas. This is best delivered as a one hour a week programme that runs for several weeks during a term. This allows students to grasp the concepts they need to create a playable game, and gives time for sharing of their ideas and games.


We have two Lego kits and a Lego train system that are available for overnight loan for use in your classroom. These kits contain assorted blocks, wheels, people and bases. They also contain a set of challenge cards to spark some ideas in your students. 

Resource Bank

Check out some of our amazing, ready-to-go classroom activities;


Christmas is fast approaching. To help you out we have created some Christmas-themed activities for parents and teachers alike. Print off one of our activity sheets. They are not only tailored to our Kiwi Christmas, they also encourage the goodness of 'paying it forward'. Meri Kirihimete!


The Invercargill City Libraries have created a set of Matariki resources to support your visit.  These mainly literacy focused resources are suitable to be used with Year 1- 8 students and are designed to engage, inform and inspire.

  1. Matariki - Myth Maker
  2. Matariki - Character Development