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!

Feel the music in Beat Saber these school holidays!

Tuesday 9 July

2:00 - 4:00pm

Ages 13+


These school holidays come in and experience the virtual reality rhythm game taking the world by storm! No registers needed - just come into the Library and get in line!

What is Beat Saber?

Dive into an immersive rhythm experience and slash your way through the beats of adrenaline-pumping electronic music. You are a dancing superhero!

Meet the Astronomers!

Photo of Space

Are you a budding astronomer?  Then we have the event for you!

Members of the Southland Astronomical Society will be in the Library to talk about star gazing, astronomy, and of course Matariki! They will be bringing some of their equipment too!

This will be a great opportunity to see some of their awesome equipment and find out about all the cool stuff they do.

  • Saturday 22 June
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Free!