Can you defeat the evil wizard Dekan? 🧙 Gather your party and secure your spot for our latest escape room!

The evil wizard, Dekan, has turned your village to stone!

Your company of heroes must work together using your unique skills to obtain the artefact before time runs out.

Through rumours, you learn of an artefact that will revive the villagers hidden in The Forgotten Library in the depths of Faron Woods.

However, one does not simply walk into The Forgotten Library. Upon entering, you trigger a trap setting a timer to your task. Using each of your unique skills, your company of heroes must obtain the artefact before time runs out!

Each person in your company will be assigned a character that has skills and weaknesses that will play a big part in your escape from the Forgotten Library.

What are you waiting for? Get your party together and secure your spot!

Take time to kĹŤrero this Mental Health Week 💬

Join us next week for Mental Health Week 2021! Here at the library we’re supporting Mental Health Week with events focussed on Learning, one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Online Research Workshop

The workshop will highlight research opportunities available for free through the Invercargill City Libraries.

Whether you are curious about family history or want to try something new, your library is a one-stop shop for lifelong learning.

You’ll be able to interact with the facilitator, who can point you in the right direction for all your research needs.

Sessions will be broadcast live on Zoom – check back closer to the time for links to join.

Mana Enhancement Workshop

Registrations Required

Nurture your spiritual wellbeing with our Mana Enhancement Workshop.

Join us for a range of mahinga activities and learn techniques for Whakatau tinana relaxation of the body, whakatau hinengaro relaxation of the mind.

Design with Canva 101

Registrations Required

Learn the basics of Canva, an online platform that allows you to create eye-catching graphic designs – whether it is an invitation, social media post or a flyer. No experience needed to create professional-looking design for your personal use, community group or business.

The Library at Alert Level 2

⚠️ Invercargill will move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 7 September.

âś… We will reopen on Wednesday 8 September at 9am with health and safety measures in place. 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.

Read or listen to Scrublands and get involved with #TogetherWeRead!

Beginning 1 September, library members can check out Scrublands as either an ebook or audiobook from Libby with no waitlists or holds!

What is Together We Read?

Together We Read is a Digital Book Club that is featuring participating libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

During this two-week programme, there will be no waitlists and no holds for the selected ebook. Download Libby to borrow the free ebook from your library using your phone or tablet. Learn more or download the app below.


by Chris Hammer

In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.

Hear from the author himself!

Author Info

Chris Hammer is a leading Australian crime fiction novelist, author of international bestsellers Scrublands and Silver.

His new book, Trust, was published in Australia and New Zealand in October 2020 and internationally from early 2021. Scrublands was an instant bestseller upon publication in 2018, topping the Australian fiction charts.

It was shortlisted for major writing awards in Australia, the UK and the United States. In the UK it was named the Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Year 2019 and won the prestigious UK Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award.


by Chris Hammer

In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.

Poetry Open Mic Night! 🎤

Join us for a poetry open mic night on Wednesday 25 August! 

No matter your age or ability, come along and give it a go! Just turn up on the night and write your name on the board!

Starting at 5pm, each speaker will have the floor for 5 minutes. Winners from our Poetry Competition will also be announced during the night!