Council has eight main libraries and a mobile book bus, and membership is free to all Southland District residents.

You can borrow a book several different ways:

Southland District libraries have material in a variety of formats, including large print, audio, dvd, e-books and e-audiobooks.  Most items are loaned free of charge although a small charge is placed on services such as reserves and interloans, and to borrow dvds.

Our branches offer free wi-fi access and computer use.


Library membership is free to all district residents.

To join, you need to:

  • Visit any district library and complete an application form - you need to provide identification such as a driver's licence, passport, bankcard or similar
  • Young people under 16 need to have their application signed by a guarantor, such as a parent or caregiver
  • A library card will be posted to you within a few days and you need to bring the card with you whenever you visit a library

All members of a family should have their own card, for purchasing and budgeting reasons. Each person is allowed to borrow up to 20 books for four weeks before they are either returned or renewed.

Reserving & Renewing

Reserving a book costs 50 cents. Books not held by any Southland district library can usually be obtained from another New Zealand library at a cost of $5.

You can also borrow books from one library and return to another, but be aware of library opening hours and due dates.

If you want to renew your books, you can call 0800 732 542. You need to give your membership number and the book will be renewed usually for four weeks, unless it is reserved. You can also renew your books online here (external link)

If you do not renew your book and go over the four-week lending period, you will be fined - 20 cents a day per book for borrowers 16 and over, and 10 cents for children and young adults.

If you lose or damage a borrowed book, you will have to pay replacement costs.

Mobile Bookbus

Southland District Council provides a bookbus mobile library service. It operates out of Winton and covers 38 stops in the district on a fortnightly or four weekly basis.

Mobile Book Bus Timetable Jan - May 2018 [PDF, 38 KB]

Mobile Book Bus Timetable May - Aug 2018 [PDF, 152 KB]

Winton Library

1 Wemyss Street
Winton 9720
Monday- Friday: 8.30am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

Lumsden Library

18 Diana Street
Lumsden 9730
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am-5pm

Otautau Library

176 Main Street
Otautau 9610
Monday - Friday 8.30am-5pm

Nightcaps Library (closed)

Following community consultation library services will now be provided by the Mobile Library at a new stop on Johnson Road. See the Mobile Library timetable for details.

Riverton Library

117 Palmerston Street,
8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Stewart Island Library

10 Ayr Street
Stewart Island 9846
Monday-Friday 8.30am-12noon
Wednesday, 8.30am-12noon and 2-4pm
Saturday 11am-12noon

Te Anau Library

24 Milford Crescent
Te Anau 9600
Monday -Friday 8.30am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm

Wyndham Library

0800 732 732
41 Balaclava Street
Wyndham 9831
Tuesday & Thursday 2-5pm
Thursday 6.30-8pm