The Library at Alert Level 2

Last updated: 9:20am 12 August 2020

As of 11:59pm, Sunday 14 February,  Invercargill will be moving to Alert Level 2. If you’re coming into the library please be aware of the following changes to our services during Alert Level 2:


  • Our My Book Bag service is now available to anyone in the Invercargill area – order your free contactless delivery of books at
  • Patrons are encouraged to use self-checkout machines


  • The after-hours returns slot will be open 24/7 if you don’t feel comfortable coming into the Library to return your books

Clubs and Programmes

Health and Safety

  • Do not come into the Library if you are feeling unwell
  • Social distancing of 1 metres will be enforced
  • Hand sanitiser is available at all entrances/exits
  • You will be asked for your name and contact details when entering and exiting
  • A maximum capacity of 100 people within the Library will be enforced

Public Computers

  • Wifi is available
  • A reduced number of computers are available to maintain social distancing.

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 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.

Kids go free!

We are excited to announce that from Wednesday 1 July there will be no overdue fines on children’s Library cards!

We want to see our kids reading books and visiting our spaces and hope this move will see more whānau making the most of all the awesome items we have on offer.

Haven’t got cards for your kids? Joining the library is free and can be done online at!

Updated fees & charges

From Wednesday 1 July changes to our services during Alert Levels 2 – 4 will return to normal. This includes:

  • 60c hold charge will return for adults 
  • Holds will no longer be pre-issued
  • DVDs for adults will revert to $1.00 per week
  • Family DVDs will issue free to children
  • Hot Picks will revert to $2.50 per week
  • The return slots will remain open at all times
  • My Book Bag service will continue

Be in to win with Winter Reading!

1 July - 31 July

Our Winter Reading challenge is back for 2020, and is open for all ages. Simply read a book, let us know what you thought of it, and you’re in the draw to win a $50 Whitcoulls voucher! Entries close 7:00pm, Friday 31 July. Winners will be notified on 3 August.

1. 📙 Read a book

2. 👧🏼 Tell us what you thought

3. 🎁 BE IN TO WIN!

This activity is part of the Matariki School Holiday programme at the Library. 
Check out more of the fun activities by clicking the link below!

The Library at Alert Level 1

From Tuesday 9 June we move to Alert Level 1. What does this mean for you?

  • Programmes will progressively restart starting Monday 15 June
  • Families and children are welcome to the Library, the large toys are back
  • We are planning some exciting activities at the Library for the July school holidays
  • Kids clubs will resume in Term 3 along with school and group visits to the Library
  • More Internet computers are available with the usual 30 minute time limit

QR codes are available at all entrances to enable you to keep track of where you have been.