National Library's Services to Schools provides resources, information and guides to help develop your school library services, create engaged readers and support learners.

Lending service

Schools and home educators are welcome to borrow from our extensive fiction, non-fiction and audiovisual resources to support students with inquiry, and to encourage and develop their love of reading.

Our lending service

Resources for learning

Explore the National Library’s and other New Zealand institutions’ high-quality digital resources to support learning.


AnyQuestions allows New Zealand school students to speak to a real person about their schoolwork. Visit the website between 1pm and 6pm Monday to Friday or read more about AnyQuestions.

Advisory services

School Library Advisory Services offer support and guidance on creating welcoming, culturally inclusive school library environments and services. This includes all aspects of school library development and management including professional advice on:

  • How your school library can create readers and support literacy development in your school for all students
  • How your school library can support inquiry learning
  • How to develop your library’s collection to meet the needs of the students in your school - a mix of print and online resources
  • Advice on providing the best access to your library’s resources through an online catalogue
  • Library building or refurbishment projects
  • ICT developments in information access

Call our 0800 LIB LINE for library support (0800 542 5463) Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and guidance from experienced specialist advisors.

You can also email us at

We welcome your feedback, questions, and suggestions. Please pass on your ideas via the 0800 LIB LINE (0800 542 5463)

Guidelines for school library development

The publication, jointly produced by the Ministry of Education and the National Library of New Zealand (2002) The School library and learning in the information landscape: guidelines for New Zealand Schools provides a framework of six guiding principles for school library development.

Cataloguing service

Our Record Manager tool enables your school library team to find and download catalogue records and import them into your ILS (integrated library system).

Professional development

Services to Schools offers a comprehensive professional development programme to educators and school library staff to build skills to support literacy and learning. Explore our range of courses, which run throughout the year.