Returning books and resources

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Whole-school loans need to be returned at the end of a school term or at the end of their loan period. Due date printouts for secondary author/title loans are sent with these loans. Consider using our CourierPost arrangement to return your loans to us.

If you have finished using your resources, we encourage you to return them early so they can be issued to another school.

When to return books and resources

Whole-school loans

Whole-school loan resources are due back to the National Library at the end of their 2-term issue period. The due dates are noted on your school dashboard and on a printout that comes with your boxes of books.

Inquiry loans

Loan Loan period Return by
Inquiry loan 1 Terms 1 and 2 7 July 2017
Inquiry loan 2 Terms 3 and 4 14 December 2017

Reading engagement loans

Loan Loan period Return by
Reading engagement loan 1 Terms 2 and 3 29 September 2017
Reading engagement loan 2 Terms 4 and 1 (including summer holidays) 13 April 2018

Secondary author/title loans

Secondary author/title loans from the National Library Collections (General) have a loan period of 5 weeks. Their due dates are listed on the printout that comes with your loan. Items from the Schools Lending Collection have a 2-term issue period.

Cost of returning loans

The National Library pays CourierPost to send the resources to you. However, schools or home educators are responsible for the cost of couriering resources back to the National Library.

Note that your school will be charged a replacement fee for any lost books borrowed from the National Library Collections (General).

CourierPost for delivering and returning your loan

The National Library has an arrangement with CourierPost for the door-to-door delivery and collection of National Library books to and from schools throughout New Zealand.

If you'd like to use CourierPost, set up an account with them at least 2 weeks before you want to return your books. Features of this courier service include:

  • competitive delivery charges — once a school has an account with CourierPost, you can use this service and pricing for your other delivery needs as well
  • email notification to schools when your loan has been issued
  • track and trace the progress of the loan
  • next-day urban delivery and 2–3 day delivery for rural schools.

Costs are:

  • $6.12 + GST + variable fuel rate (VFR) per 15kg
  • $9.12 + GST + VFR per 25kg for delivery within the same island.

Contact CourierPost to set up your account

Email melissa.hallinan@nzpost.co.nz. She'll need your school’s:

  • address (mailing and physical address if different)
  • telephone number, and
  • a contact with an email address.

Read the following CourierPost documents for more information about how to use their service:

Where to return books

Where you return books depends on which collections you borrowed them from.

Books borrowed from the Schools Lending Collection

Whole-school loans and secondary author/title loans borrowed from the Schools Lending Collection need to be returned (by courier or in person) to your nearest National Library collection centre. These are:

  • Auckland Centre for schools in the North Island
  • Christchurch Centre for schools in the South Island.

Use the following address labels:

Books borrowed from the National Library Collections (General)

Return items from the National Library Collections (General) to Wellington using the return labels supplied with your loan.

Need help?

Contact our Auckland Centre on 0800 356 000.