Curriculum Services lend resources to support teaching programmes throughout New Zealand. Each year, we send out 1.5 million resources to educators to be used in classrooms, school libraries and in home education. You can borrow these for free.
Photo of students at Windy Ridge School enjoying their new selection of books from National Library.
The National Library’s Curriculum Services offers all New Zealand schools (primary, intermediate and secondary) access to a wide range of resources to support inquiry learning and literacy programmes. Educators can not only request resources on specific topics, but also request resources to support reading and writing programmes.
Resources include non-fiction, fiction, picture books and graphic novels. Some are available in Te Reo. Formats include books and audiovisual (DVDs and CDs) and are appropriate for years 1 to 13. Educators can receive links to online resources with their requests.
We will deliver free to any school anywhere in New Zealand. However, the cost of the return freight is the responsibility of the school. A discount is offered to schools through New Zealand Couriers, and you can see a copy of the National Library’s Return Freight rates (DOC) here.
You can search the National Library catalogue here.
Schools with print disabled students may wish to use the Print Disability Service of National Library. Information for borrowing from this special collection can be found here.
Magazine and newspaper articles can be selected from Index New Zealand (see here for more information) and ordered from Collection Delivery in Wellington.
You can also access links to online resources for high interest topics here.
You can order resources online by filling in the online request form. After submitting the request you will receive a confirmation email with the details you have filled in. Requests will take one to two weeks for delivery.
The loan period for items from the National Library Schools Collection is to the end of the current school term. However, we do encourage you to return your loan earlier if you have finished with the resources.
Delivery delays can be experienced at the beginning of term. To avoid this we recommend getting your request in early, before the school holidays.
You can submit your order by phone or fax if you prefer.
You can visit the location closest to you Monday to Friday to select resources and use the expert services of our librarians.
Phone 0800 356 000
Fax 0800 356 001
For other Auckland enquiries 09 365 8800
Phone 0800 17 17 17 or 06 353 0475
Fax 0800 907 600 or 06 350 0961
Phone 0800 928 000 or 03 366 1075
Fax 0800 66 11 08
Home educators may borrow up to five resources per child. First time borrowers need to complete the application form, to ensure we have all your details. Home educators need to provide a birth certificate for children who are 5 years of age and a current Exemption Certificate from the Ministry of Education for children 6 to 18 years of age. Membership ceases when a child stops being home-schooled or is over 18 years of age.
Home educators application form [PDF] A MS Word version of this form can also be downloaded from the link below.
0800 LIB LINE
0800 542 5463
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