The Library at Alert Level 2

Invercargill and Southland will enter Orange under the COVID-19 Protection Framework on Friday 3 December

⚠️ Visit to learn more about what this will mean for library users.

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.

The Library at Alert Level 1

From 6am on Sunday 7 March we move to Alert Level 1. What does this mean for your next trip to the library?

  • Clubs and programmes will run as usual.
  • A larger range of games and toys are back in the children’s area.
  • More internet computers are once again available.
  • Our My Book Bag free delivery service is still running.

NZ Covid Tracer app QR codes can still be found at each entrance so you can keep track of your visit.

Can I still get books delivered?

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

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!

Need help finding your next read?

If you’re struggling to find your next read then why not let us do the work for you? Just answer a few simple questions and we will email you a selection of hand-picked recommendations from our online collections! 

  • Contact Information

  • What is my library card number?

    Your library card number is the 8-digit number found just below the barcode on the back of your card.
  • Reading Preferences

  • E.g. thriller, true crime, romance, historical, page-turner, cook book, etc

5 must watch movies while you’re stuck inside 🍿

Our Library members have made great use of our new Beamafilm streaming service over the last three weeks – check out the top 5 titles streamed by Library members during the lockdown below! Once you’ve signed up for Beamafilm you can start watching any of movies straight away.

5. Arthur Newman (2012)

A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.

4. The Mermaid Princess (2016)

A kind-hearted mermaid, braving the Sea-God's warning to steer clear, saves a captain's daughter from the stormy ocean. But when the captain needs her help again, the mermaid must face a hard choice.

3. The Tracker (2002)

When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men are given the mission of capturing him with the help of an experienced Native Australian.

2. Book Club (2018)

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

1. What We Did On Our Holiday (2014)

A family of five is off to granddad's big 75th birthday party at an uncle's estate in rural Scotland. The parents fight and are separated, and hope their three kids won't mention it. The kids love, can talk with, and will do anything for, granddad.

So what are you waiting for? To get started just click here to open Beamafilm to register with your Library card. Click here for more information.