Explore the Archives from home

Discovering the collections of the Invercargill Public Library’s Archives has become much easier with their new database now available for the public to search online. The Archive contains materials unique to Southland and archivists are currently undertaking the mammoth task of digitising these items. Their aim is to provide access to the collections and to preserve them for future generations.

Among the collections are records from local businesses, schools, sporting and cultural groups. Some of the treasures already available to view online include Frederick William Burwell’s 1886 block plans of Invercargill, and a photograph album of early street scenes. Interviews from the Southland Oral History Project are also able to be searched. These recordings capture the unique life histories and stories of Southlanders.

Important changes to PressReader that affect all Southland Times readers [Updated 6/11/2019]

Update [6/11/2019]: We have just received an update from PressReader about our Newspapers online issues. Unfortunately, Stuff Inc has removed all off-library access to their papers. This includes the Southland Times. At this stage they can still be read on a computer, within the Library only.

This is not something we were involved in, or wanted, and we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. We will now begin looking at this service, and what alternatives are available to us in the future.

The full list of Stuff publications affected are:

  • Sunday Star Times
  • Sunday News
  • Southland Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Waikato Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Dominion Post (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • The Press (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Nelson Mail (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Timaru Herald (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Manawatu Standard (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Taranaki Daily News (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Marlborough Express
  • TV Guide
  • NZ House and Garden
  • NZ Gardener

Struggling to figure out what to read next?

Why not give NoveList a go?

It’s our new database designed especially for readers. Simply type in your favourite book or author, and NoveList will come up with a suggested reading list based on your own preferences.

Fancy something based on your mood instead?

Novelist has some fantastic suggestions. Or try the Appeal Mixer to come up with your own combo. There’s something for Adults, Teens, and Kids. Explore at your leisure, or ask one of our staff to demonstrate.


From the top menu bar, select Browse By > Appeal


Scroll down and specify at least two appeal characteristics, e.g. Character: relatable, and Tone: Funny. When you are happy with your selections press Find Titles


Titles that match your select appeal characteristics will appear to the right. Click on the cover to view more information.

Looking for Read-alikes?

If there is a particularly author you love and would like to find books similar, then read-alike lists are for you!

Get hands-on in the Library Makerspace

  • Mondays & Fridays
  • 3:00 - 5:00pm
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Free!

Calling all adult sewers and crafters! We will be trialling the use of the new library Makerspace on Monday and Friday afternoons from 3:00 – 5:00 running through to Friday 29 November. Initially these will be drop-in sessions for using specific equipment. 

During November the equipment the public can use will be:

  • A Brother sewing machine
  • Scrapbooking / card cutting equipment, including a cuttlebug, dies and embossing patterns.

Please note: these are not classes, you already need to know how to use the equipment that is available. Watch this space for the equipment that will be available in November.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
28 OPEN 29 - 30 - 31 - 1 OPEN
4 OPEN 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 OPEN
11 OPEN 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 OPEN
18 OPEN 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 OPEN
25 OPEN 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 OPEN

Explore new databases using your Library card!

Did you know the Library has a range of great online resources, including free access to many databases to all Library users?

This year, we have added two new digital collections for avid readers and car-enthusiasts alike!

Haynes Manuals AllAccess
Get your motor running with Haynes repair manuals. Learn how to maintain and service your car or motorcycle. The online manuals feature colour images, wiring diagrams and step-by-step video instructions. Car makes include Mitsubishi, Honda, Toyota, Subaru and lots more. Motorcycles include Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson as well as others!

NoveList Plus
Novelist was created for people who love books, by people who love books. It helps readers of all ages find just the right book to read or listen to. With winter approaching it’s a great chance to search expert recommendations, reviews, articles and lists for your next read then settle in front of the fire and enjoy.

Explore the full range of resources at ilibrary.co.nz/databases. Not a member? It’s free to join! Just come in and visit us at either our Invercargill or Bluff branch.