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!

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).

Non-stop storytime! Keep your children engrossed while learning to read with TumbleBooks

Library members can now browse, watch, and read TumbleBooks, which offers a huge range of animated talking books for kids of all reading levels. TumbleBooks also provides other databases aimed at different audiences – check them out below!

What are TumbleBooks?

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. 

Browse these further collections offered by TumbleBooks:

Please note: Access is granted until 31/8/2020 – will review closer to that time to see if we want to keep this going.

Stream movies and documentaries from home using Beamafilm

Library members now have access to Beamafilm, which streams documentaries and independent films, with a focus on New Zealand and Australian content. Once you have created an account below, you can log in and stream films on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Getting started using Beamafilm

  1. Click here to open Beamfilm in a new window.
  2. Enter your Library card number. Your Library card number can be found on the back of your library card, just below the barcode.
  3. Create your account by entering your name, email, and choosing a password. OR create an account using your Facebook or Google account.
  4. You will receive a welcome email with a verification link to activate your account.
  5. Log-in and start browsing!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are having trouble getting started with Beamafilm check the common issues and solutions below. If you still are having issues please email us.

Issues signing up

When I try and register it says that my email is already in use, but I haven’t signed up before.
Click here and try to reset the password on your email.

I signed up but never received a confirmation email
Check your spam folder in case it was sent here. If you still haven’t received your confirmation email after 10 minutes please email us.