Introducing My Book Bag, the safe and convenient way to borrow from the Library!

Introducing My Book Bag! My Book Bag is our new pickup and delivery service that aims to let you get the books, movies, and music you want in a safe and convenient way.

Simply choose which bag you would like, answer a few questions, and we will be in touch to arrange either contactless pickup or delivery!


A pre-selected bag of up to 10 items


A customised bag of 10 items selected for you

So what are you waiting for? Request a bag today!

The Library at Alert Level 2

From Monday 18 May we will be returning to our regular opening hours.

While we are excited to be open again to the public, please be aware that our services will be operating differently in order to best protect our customers and staff.


  • All books have been renewed so no need to rush your returns back
  • After hours slot will now be open 
  • Return shelves are temporarily closed, please use the after hours returns slots until further notice


  • All items will have a 6-week issue period
  • Holds will be pre-issued
  • Patrons are encouraged to use self-checkout machines

Health and Safety

  • Social distancing of 1 metres
  • Contact register
  • A maximum capacity of 100 people within the Library will be enforced
  • Hand sanitiser available at each entrance
  • Please do not come into the Library if you are feeling unwell

Public Computers

  • Wifi is available
  • Computers are available, limited to 30 minutes per person per day

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to visit?

In order to ensure the safety of customers and staff, the following measures will be taken:

  • Hand sanitiser is available at all entrances to enable you to clean your hands when you enter and exit
  • You will be asked for your name and contact details when entering and exiting to meet track and tracing requirements
  • Enforcing the 1 metre social distancing rule at all times
  • Numbers in the building will be limited to a maximum of 100 at any one time

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 at a distance.

I am not supposed to leave my home but would love some books, can you help?

If you are over 70 or immune compromised please contact us. We can arrange home delivery for the most vulnerable in our community.

How do I pay for DVDs?

These will be added to your Library account. Payments by card are preferred, cash will be taken if needed.

Will there be any overdues?

All books from pre-COVID19 are due on 29 June and no overdue fees will be incurred. All items will be issued for 6 weeks.

Can I 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.

Marking Anzac Day while staying safe at home

Anzac Day is usually a solemn time when we come together to remember the sacrifices made in the past. Here are four ways you and your family can mark Anzac Day this year while staying safe in your bubble.

Complete our Since Writing You Last quiz

Keep the kids busy with our Anzac themed quiz. Explore Since Writing You Last to find the answers to these wartime-related questions.

  1. What are the names of the four soldiers whose letters are on the Since Writing You Last website?
  2. What date did New Zealand find out that war had been declared?
  3. How many troop ships left Wellington on 3rd December 1914?
  4. How old was Len Shepard when he enlisted in the army?
  5. What was served to one of the soldiers for Christmas dinner?
  6. What date was conscription announced?
  7. Whereabouts in Southland were the McIntyre brothers born?
  8. What was Len Shepard’s job before joining the NZ Expeditionary Force?
  9. How old was John Hall when he left school?
  10. Which two soldiers came home to Southland after the end of WWI?

Make your own poppy ✂️

The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve in the armed forces. Make your own poppy to wear or display this ANZAC day to remember our fallen soldiers. The RSA website has some great ideas to help you out.

Bake Anzac biscuits 🍪

Although it’s a myth that ANZAC biscuits were sent and eaten by troops in Gallipoli, rolled oats biscuits were in fact sold and consumed at fetes, galas, parades and other public events at home, to raise funds for the war effort.This connection to the troops serving overseas led to them being referred to as “soldier’s biscuits”.

The basic ingredients for a rolled oat biscuit were rolled oats, sugar, flour, butter with golden syrup, not eggs, used as a binding agent. This made them not only nutritious and full of energy but also long lasting.

After WWI, the most popular rolled oat biscuit had the name and association of ANZAC applied to it and thus the legend of the ANZAC biscuit began. Try making some of your own.

Hold a home service 🎖️

With the cancellation of ANZAC day services due to COVID-19, think about ways in which you could have your own service at home. You can join other New Zealanders at 6:00am on Saturday 25 April. Visit the RSA website for all the details.

Alert Level 3: What does it look like for our libraries?

On Sunday 22 March, our libraries in both Invercargill and Bluff closed. They will remain closed during Alert Level 3. If you still have items out at home that may become overdue – don’t worry:

  • If you have items at home, please do not return them (the after-hours returns slot will remain closed).
  • All fees have been removed from items and no overdue fines will accumulate during this period.
  • We are extending the due dates on issues, present and future, to two months.
  • We will be answering email enquiries from 9am – 5pm during weekdays. You can still contact us on Facebook outside these hours, but we may take longer than usual to answer your enquiries.

While our library branches are closed, you can still browse and read a range of books, magazines, newspapers, and other resources to pass the time via our digital services:

  • Libby: browse and read over 10,000+ books and audiobooks
  • BorrowBox: browse and read over 1800+ audiobooks and books
  • PressReader: browse and read newspapers and magazines from around the globe
  • Beamafilm: stream documentaries and independent films, with a focus on New Zealand and Australian content

For a full range of services you can enjoy from home check out the Library at Home page.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and guidance of what you should be doing, refer to the Government COVID-19 page. You can also phone the Healthline team on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS).