Can you defeat the evil wizard Dekan? 🧙 Gather your party and secure your spot for our latest escape room!

The evil wizard, Dekan, has turned your village to stone!

Your company of heroes must work together using your unique skills to obtain the artefact before time runs out.

Through rumours, you learn of an artefact that will revive the villagers hidden in The Forgotten Library in the depths of Faron Woods.

However, one does not simply walk into The Forgotten Library. Upon entering, you trigger a trap setting a timer to your task. Using each of your unique skills, your company of heroes must obtain the artefact before time runs out!

Each person in your company will be assigned a character that has skills and weaknesses that will play a big part in your escape from the Forgotten Library.

What are you waiting for? Get your party together and secure your spot!

The Library at Alert Level 2

⚠️ Invercargill will move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 7 September.

We will reopen on Wednesday 8 September at 9am with health and safety measures in place. If you’re coming into the library please be aware of the following changes to our services during Alert Level 2:

Key messages

  • If you are feeling unwell stay home and get a test
  • Check-in using QR code or logbook on arrival and sanitise your hands
  • Remember to wear a mask
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres from others
  • 30 minute time limits on newspapers and computers
  • Books can be returned, please use the return slots located on the outside of the building
  • All programs and clubs cancelled
  • MyBookBag is available for free book delivery:

Issuing & Returns

  • Return all books through the after-hours slot at the front of the building.
  • The after-hours slot will remain open 24/7
  • We offer free contactless book deliveries and pickup to all in the Invercargill and Bluff areas:
  • Patrons are encouraged to use self-checkout machines

Clubs & Programmes

  • All children’s and adult programming, including after-school clubs, will remain cancelled at Alert Level 2.

Public Computers

  • A reduced number of computers are available to maintain social distancing.
  • 30 minute time limits on newspapers and computers
  • APNK Wi-Fi is available

The Archive is open at Level 2. To ensure 2m social distancing between patrons we are strongly encouraging calling or emailing the Archive or Southland Oral History Project staff ahead of time to arrange an appointment.

For the Archive please contact:
03 211 1573

For the Southland Oral History Project please contact:
03 211 8414

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get books delivered?

You can order free contactless delivery of materials to your home. Visit to order.

Can I choose my own books?

Yes, you may come to the library to return books, collect holds or a pre-selected loan and choose and issue your own books. Assistance will be available however our staff will maintain social distancing.

Can I still study at the library?

Yes, you can study at the library. It is recommended that you use the allocated space on the first floor and you are limited to 2 hours.

Can I bring my children to the library?

Yes, however physical games and toys will not be available at the library during Alert Level 2.

Read or listen to Scrublands and get involved with #TogetherWeRead!

Beginning 1 September, library members can check out Scrublands as either an ebook or audiobook from Libby with no waitlists or holds!

What is Together We Read?

Together We Read is a Digital Book Club that is featuring participating libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

During this two-week programme, there will be no waitlists and no holds for the selected ebook. Download Libby to borrow the free ebook from your library using your phone or tablet. Learn more or download the app below.


by Chris Hammer

In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.

Hear from the author himself!

Author Info

Chris Hammer is a leading Australian crime fiction novelist, author of international bestsellers Scrublands and Silver.

His new book, Trust, was published in Australia and New Zealand in October 2020 and internationally from early 2021. Scrublands was an instant bestseller upon publication in 2018, topping the Australian fiction charts.

It was shortlisted for major writing awards in Australia, the UK and the United States. In the UK it was named the Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Year 2019 and won the prestigious UK Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award.


by Chris Hammer

In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.

✍️ Write and win! Enter our Poetry Competition!

Write and win! ✍️

To mark 150 years of Invercargill’s Municipality, write us a poem about Invercargill and/or Southland!

Entries will be displayed at the Library and winners announced at an Open Mic Night!

Enter below or drop your entry off at the Library. Entries are due by 11:59 on Sunday 8 August.

Age Groups 📅

Competition Rules 📑

  • Maxmimum 5 entries per person.
  • Contact details and age category must be provided but no names are to appear on the poems themselves as all entries will be judged anonymously.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • No alterations can be made to poems once entered.
  • Entries can be made online (see above) or posted to Poetry Competition, Invercargill City Libraries, Private Bag 9011, Invercargill 9840. If posting your entries, please have them typed and include your name, category and contact details.
  • All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title).
  • Poems must be the entrant’s original work.
  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or made public on social media, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 27 August 2021.
  • There will be people’s choice winner and three winners in each of the categories. The judges decision is final.
  • The library reserves the right to not accept a poem for the competition if deemed inappropriate.

Timeline 📈

🗣️ Stories from the Community, Oral History Workshop

This workshop is for everyone interested in recording oral history that supports Aotearoa New Zealand culture and history. You will learn about the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage oral history awards, how to apply for funding, what makes a good project and how to make it happen.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, Piki Ake!

Kake Ake! New Zealand Oral History Awards

Presenter: Dr Emma-Jean Kelly, Audio Visual Historian, Ministry of Culture & Heritage

Every year the Ministry awards a total of $100,000 between a number of recipients working on varied oral history projects across the country. Dr Emma-Jean Kelly administers the awards and will deliver a talk about the funding application process, recent examples of funded projects and answer questions from those interested in applying.

Stories from the Community

Presenter: Rebecca Amundsen, Oral Historian

In this presentation, Rebecca Amundsen will talk about a number of oral history projects that she has been part of while she was coordinator of the Southland Oral History Project. She will cover some key learnings from each project as well as the process for making things happen, both as the driver of a project and as a collaborator.


Numbers are limited – register by emailing your details to

Coming from out of town? Ask about travel support available for people attending from out of Invercargill.