What and when you can borrow

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Schools are welcome to borrow from our carefully selected collection to supplement their local resources. The focus of our whole-school and secondary author/title loans is on providing books and audiovisual items to support students in their learning, and to encourage and develop a love of reading.

Home-educator loan requests has information about what families who homeschool their students can borrow.

Types of resources you can borrow

You can borrow fiction and non-fiction books and audiovisual items from the Schools Lending Collection. Secondary schools can also request individual items from the National Library Collections (General).

Our resources are appropriate for years 1 to 13 and are selected to support the NZ Curriculum and encourage reading engagement.

All orders need to go through your school's loan coordinator and be submitted online as part of a whole-school or secondary school author/title loan.

Our collections

The National Library Collections (General) and the Schools Lending Collection, are available to provide resources for school loans.

The Schools Lending Collection is based in Auckland and Christchurch. The resources are used for whole-school loans and home educator loans.

Based in Wellington, the National Library Collection (General) covers all subjects and is designed to meet the information needs of New Zealanders.

You may also borrow fiction and non-fiction audiobooks from our Print Disability Collection if students are unable to use our print resources.

Print Disability Collection has more about how to access this collection.

Number of loans per year

Your school can request 4 whole-school loans per year, 1 request per term alternating between inquiry and reading engagement loans.

Secondary schools can request individual resources using a secondary author/title loan anytime during the school year.

Secondary school author/title loans

Requesting and returning inquiry whole-school loans

Your school can request 2 inquiry loans per year and keep each loan for 2 terms. The following table gives the loan request periods and their due dates.

Loan Loan period Request period Due date (for return)
Inquiry loan 1 Terms 1 and 2 23 November 2016 to 24 February 2017 7 July 2017
Inquiry loan 2 Terms 3 and 4 29 May 2017 to 11 August 2017 14 December 2017

Your school can request a certain number of inquiry topics per loan, depending on the size of your roll.  Each inquiry loan can also include 5 individual author-title items.

Plan your inquiry loan has more about these loans and how to plan them.

Returning books and resources has more about how to return your loan to the National Library.

Requesting and returning reading engagement whole-school loans

Your school can request 2 reading engagement loans per year and keep each loan for 2 terms. The following table gives the loan request periods and their due dates.

Loan Loan period Request period Due date (for return)
Reading engagement loan 1 Terms 2 and 3 27 February 2017 to 26 May 2017 29 September 2017

Reading engagement loan 2

Terms 4 and 1 (including summer holidays)

14 August 2017 to 3 November 2017

13 April 2018

Each school can request up to 4 reading engagement focuses as part of a loan. A 'reading engagement focus' states the purpose for a group of resources (e.g. 'good to read aloud for ESOL students'). Each loan can also include 5 individual author-title items.

Plan your reading engagement loan has more about these loans and how to plan them.

Returning books and resources has more about how to return your loan to the National Library.

Number of resources your school can borrow

The number of resources your school can borrow is determined by the size of your school roll. 

Availability of resources for loans is also affected by demand. For example, Treaty of Waitangi resources are in high demand in the period leading up to Waitangi Day.

The earlier you make your request, the more material we will have available to resource it.

Whole-school loan allocations per loan and per loan period

The following table gives the number of resources ('allocation') that schools with different roll sizes can borrow. Information about the number of inquiry topic, reading engagement and author/title ('individual item') requests your school can borrow is also available on your school's online loan request dashboard.

Roll size Inquiry allocation per loan Number of inquiry topics per loan Reading engagement allocation per loan Reading engagement focus areas per loan
0–49 Up to 65 Up to 4 Up to 65 Up to 4
50–99 Up to 80 Up to 5 Up to 80 Up to 4
100–149 Up to 95 Up to 6 Up to 95 Up to 4
150–249 Up to 125 Up to 7 Up to 125 Up to 4
250–349 Up to 155 Up to 8 Up to 155 Up to 4
350–449 Up to 185 Up to 9 Up to 185 Up to 4
450–549 Up to 215 Up to 10 Up to 200 Up to 4
550–649 Up to 245 Up to 11 Up to 200 Up to 4
650–749 Up to 275 Up to 12 Up to 200 Up to 4
750–849 Up to 305 Up to 13 Up to 200 Up to 4
850–949 Up to 335 Up to 14 Up to 200 Up to 4
950–1049 Up to 365 Up to 15 Up to 200 Up to 4
1050–1149 Up to 395 Up to 16 Up to 200 Up to 4
1150–3500 Up to 400 Up to 16 Up to 200 Up to 4

Librarians select items for whole-school loans

Services to Schools librarians will use the inquiry topics and reading engagement focuses you have requested to guide their selection of a rich variety of formats and genre to engage your students.

Note that as a national service, we are unable to meet specific requests for large numbers of formats and genres, for example, graphic novels, sophisticated picture books or dystopian fiction.

Use our online digital resources too

Use our Topic Explorer and other digital resources to find content to inspire your inquiry. The Topic Explorer helps you find quality, curated resources on a range of topics that inspire and support inquiry.

Topic Explorer and other digital resources

Resources for learning has more digital resources that you can explore.