COVID-19 level 2 restrictions to services

In line with the Government’s instructions last night, we will be returning our SDC offices and libraries to Alert Level 2 protocols for Covid-19.

All of our libraries and offices which have been open to 5pm will now be closing at 4pm to enable additional cleaning to take place.

Operating hours this week are:

  • Winton – 9am to 4pm (closed on Saturday)
  • Te Anau – 9am to 4pm (closed on Saturday)
  • Otautau – 9am to 4pm
  • Riverton – 9am to 4pm
  • Lumsden – 10am to 4pm
  • Wyndham – 2pm to 5pm Thursday (no evening service)
  • Stewart Island – normal hours

Council services will be available for cashless transactions. Cash will only be accepted at the Invercargill office. A vast range of council services can be accessed on this website or by phoning us on 0800 732 732.

If you’re popping into one of our sites, on arrival you will be required to record your name and contact details on our contact tracing register and requested to use hand sanitiser. Please maintain 2m social distancing during your time with us and do not enter the libraries if you are unwell.

Unfortunately, all scheduled library programmes are cancelled

The Book Bus is operating but we are resticting access to the bus to 1 person at a time. .

Our Call and Collect service is up and running. Phone 0800 732 542 and our team will co-ordinate books for you to collect from your closest library. Home delivery will be available where needed.

Our digital library, including an array of eBooks, can be accessed on this site or from our Southland District Libraries app on your mobile.

As lovely as it will be to see you, you will not be able to linger in the library, sit at tables, trawl through newspapers or use the public computers. WIFI remains available.

Browsing our library collection yourself is not possible at this time so we can limit customer numbers and maintain surface hygiene standards. Instead our friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily access books from the shelves for you. So take a seat and tap into their wisdom to find a good read.

Please use our afterhours returns slots to return your books. All returns will be placed in ‘quarantine’ for 24 hours, before ‘returned’ through our database and re-shelved.