Our services

Free internet, WiFi, and computer access

Southland District Libraries provides free computing and Internet access via the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa (APNK). Free WiFi access is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at all branches. APNK desktop PCs are available for customer use and have a range of software installed: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Publisher, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Skype, Adobe Acrobat reader, GIMP, FreeMind and more. Each APNK PC has a DVD/CD drive, USB ports, memory card slots and a webcam.

Interlibrary loans

Having trouble finding exactly what you want? Southland District Libraries is part of the national Interlibrary Loan scheme. This means that we can track down almost any book for you – even if it’s not held in Southland. Interlibrary Loan requests attract a small charge. You can place requests at any branch, by email, or over the phone.

Classes & events

Southland District Libraries offers a range of classes, group sessions, and events for all ages and abilities. From Wriggle and Rhyme active movement and school holiday programmes, to Stepping Up computer classes and author visits, there’s sure to be something to entertain and inform you. Find details of the classes, group sessions, and events on offer from the Southland District Libraries homepage.

Personalised recommendations

Our experienced staff are happy to help you find your next favourite book (or DVD, app, audiobook, magazine, etc). Personalised recommendations are available to members at all Library branches and online<link>. Membership at Southland District Libraries also gives you access to the Who Else Writes Like…? and Who Next…? online author discovery services — you can find them by going to our Digital Library page.

Mobile library

Southland District Libraries provides a Mobile Library service. Operating on a four-weekly schedule, the Mobile Library covers nearly 40 stops across the district. The Mobile Library offers a selection of fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults, as well as large print, audio books, jigsaws, and magazines for all ages. Staff can take requests for items not on the bus and deliver them as they become available.

Copy Centre: Scanning, Photocopying, Printing, Faxing and Laminating*

Southland District Library branches are equipped with multi-function devices which support scanning, copying, printing, faxing and emailing. Staff are trained to assist with your Copy Centre needs. Price lists for these services are available at each branch.

*Copy Centre services unavailable at Mobile Library. Laminating services available at selected branches.

Council services

Most Southland District Libraries branches incorporate a Southland District Council service point, offering a full range of Council services.

Find details of Council services from our Southland District Council home page.

Our collections

Southland District Libraries provide access to high quality physical and electronic material on a range of subjects and in a range of formats. We can provide you with the latest best-seller, a Wasgij for the weekend, a family-friendly movie (or the newest blockbuster), local history and genealogy resources, an audiobook for the drive home, and much more!

Adult fiction and non-fiction

We provide a broad range of fiction and non-fiction in both print and electronic formats. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ll be able to connect you with exactly what you need. We hold a dynamic collection of Large Print books, and subscribe to the Books on Prescription scheme, which provides resources for supporting your own mental health and wellbeing.

Adult fiction
Adult non-fiction
Large print
Books on prescription
Genealogy collection
Vincent G Boyle Heritage Collection
Adult jigsaw puzzles
From 300 to 2000 pieces and in a range of styles, including the popular Wasgij series.

Junior and young adult fiction and non-fiction

No matter what your child is into, we will have something to entertain them and support their learning. Our teen reads and graphic fiction are also a perfect place to start when easing into reading adult fiction – all of the action, half the size!

Junior fiction
Junior non-fiction
Young adult fiction
Sophisticated teen reads (‘Star’)
Graphic fiction
Picture books and learn-to-read
Board books, picture books and beginner readers for you to entertain and support your child’s language development.

Junior jigsaw puzzles and games

A range of branded jigsaw puzzles and educational games to suit all stages of development.


In addition to our massive selection of eAudiobooks, we stock a wide range of books on disc which can be played in the car, on the stereo, or in the DVD player.

We offer a great range of movies and TV series, from the classics and family favourites through to the very latest releases.

Magazines and Newspapers
We offer a wide range of magazines from New Zealand and overseas, covering all topics from politics to craft to farming. And provide access to You will find the local newspapers and community newsletters at each library. Access to eMagazines and eNewspapers is provided through PressReader.

Vincent G. Boyle Heritage Collection

Unveiled in March 2017, the Vincent G. Boyle Heritage Collection is housed at the Winton Public Library. Kindly donated to the Library by Mrs Boyle, the Collection includes works written by Vince — a noted researcher and writer of local history — as well as a selection of works from Vince’s private library.

Genealogy collection

The Genealogy Collection is housed at the Winton Public Library and is available for in-library use. The collection is utilised and supported by local genealogy researchers, who are available to assist you with your family history questions on Tuesday afternoons. For more information on our genealogy sessions check out the event calendar on the Southland District Libraries home page.

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.