Joining Southland District Libraries gives you access to an exciting range of collections, services, and events. Whether you want to curl up with a good book, attend a school holiday programme, or build your computer skills at one of our digital literacy classes, Southland District Libraries has something for you.

We have branches at Lumsden, Otautau, Riverton, Stewart Island, Te Anau, Winton, and Wyndham. We also have a Mobile Bookbus, which visits 38 stops across the district. 

Who can join?

Library membership is free to all Southland District residents, and, through reciprocal agreement, to residents living within the following local authority areas: Invercargill, Gore, Clutha, Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago, Dunedin, and Waitaki.

Temporary membership is available to Southland District visitors.

How do I join?

Joining is easy and takes about five minutes. An application form can be completed online by going to (external link)  or at your local Southland District Libraries branch. (Temporary membership applications must be completed at a branch.)

If you complete your application form online, you will need to come to the library to collect your library card.

If you are under the age of 16 you will need to have a parent or other guardian act as a guarantor.

Join now! (external link)