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.