Curriculum Services

Schools are welcome to borrow from our carefully selected and up-to-date collection of over 600,000 books, DVD and CDs. We can send you non-fiction, fiction picture books and graphic novels to support student inquiry and your literacy programmes. You may also wish to explore our High Interest Topics, Primary Source galleries and Resources for Learning sections, which includes links to a range of New Zealand and overseas resources.

 

About Curriculum Services

Our librarians are skilled at choosing topic and age appropriate resources for Years 1-13 students. Schools can also request resources on behalf of senior students studying individual topics.

Changes to the service

The way schools borrow resources from the National Library has changed.

From 2016 we will be issuing loans to the whole school rather than to individual teachers.

This means one or two coordinators in your school will place loan requests for inquiry topics on behalf of your teachers. They will also place loan requests for resources to support reading engagement in your school.

Schools can also request up to five specific resources as an addition to their loan, based upon their own author-title search of the Schools Collection catalogue. 

Loans are available three times a year in term 1, term 2 and term 3 (for terms 3 and 4).

The number of books and other resources available to each school is determined by the size of the school roll.

Read about the Service Changes 2016 and view the table to find out your school’s allocation.

National Library of New Zealand catalogue - items from the National Library's published collections including Māori and Pasifika resources.

National Library’s Print Disability Service includes fiction and non-fiction audio titles.

Who can request resources

Borrowing classroom resources

Talk to your school loan coordinator to order your classroom resources.

Online Resources Box

 

Renewing books

Speak to your school loan coordinator to request a renewal of your loan.

Returning books

Books are to be couriered back to us. Please note our Palmerston North centre has closed. Schools in the central and lower North Island will receive lending services from our Auckland centre from January 2016. All schools can borrow books and other resources online through their school loans coordinator. Any outstanding 2015 loans from the Palmerston North centre should be returned back to us using your usual Palmerston North label.

Read Returning loans via courier for more information on returning loans.
For further information contact our Auckland centre on: 0800 356 000 or read Changes to services.

Return address labels Auckland (PDF)
Return address labels Christchurch (PDF)

Resources for Learning

View Resources for Learning for a great range of New Zealand and overseas digital resources.

 

Location and opening hours

Please note our Palmerston North centre has closed. Schools in the central and lower North Island will receive lending services from our Auckland centre from January 2016.

Auckland Centre

General inquiries
Phone (09) 365 8800
Fax (09) 365 8823

Freephone for Curriculum Information requests:
0800 356 000

Freefax for Curriculum
Information requests:
0800 356 001

Postal address:
Private Bag 99936
Newmarket
Auckland 1149
Visitor address
8 Stanley Street
Parnell

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 08.00am - 6.00pm

Christchurch Centre

General inquiries
Phone (03) 366 1075

Freephone for Curriculum Information requests:
0800 928 000

Freefax for Curriculum
Information requests:
0800 66 11 08

Postal address:
PO Box 1380
Christchurch 8140

Visitor address:
Unit 7/ 150 Cavendish Business Park
Cavendish Road
Casebrook
Christchurch 8051

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm

 

Loan policy

Schools are welcome to borrow from our carefully selected and up-to-date collection of over 600,000 books, DVD and CDs.

Read about changes to our services to schools in 2016.

Teachers

New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools are eligible to borrow resources from our service.

Schools are those identified on the Ministry of Education schools list.

Loans need to be requested via your school loan coordinator. You are encouraged to work with your coordinators to identify your needs.

Read about the role of school loans coordinator

School librarians

School librarians are welcome to use Curriculum Services and need to place their requests through their school loan coordinator.

Home educators

Home educators with an exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education are welcome to borrow resources for use by their students. You’ll be asked to provide a birth certificate for children who are 5 years old and a current exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education for children 6-18 years old.

Key features of the home educator loan:

  • You can request a loan four times a year of fiction and nonfiction print resources to ignite inquiry learning and to stimulate reading engagement.
  • Your loans will include up to 8 inquiry items, up to 8 reading engagement items and the option to request up to 4 author/titles based upon your own author/title search of the Schools Collection catalogue or the National Library General Collection catalogue (maximum of up to 20 items per family per term).

Home educators will need to register to use this service. Details to follow in February.

Teacher trainees

Teacher trainees are welcome to use our service while on teaching practice in a school.

We suggest you discuss your resourcing needs with your associate teacher before you work with your school loan coordinator to place your order.

What can you borrow?

  • You can borrow books, DVDs, CDs and other audiovisual items from the Schools Collection.
  • Our resources are carefully selected to support the curriculum and encourage reading engagement and include fiction, non-fiction, picture books and graphic novels.
  • Our resources are appropriate for years 1 to 13.
  • The number of resources a school can borrow is determined by the size of the school’s role.
  • If a topic is in high demand we may need to restrict the number of resources we can send you on that topic.

How long can you keep the resources for?

  • Resources from the schools collection may be kept until the end of each term.
  • If you have finished using your resources earlier in the term we encourage you to return them and request another loan.
  • Items on loan from the National Library’s General Collections in Wellington have a 5 week loan period.

Can I renew my loan?

We can renew your full loan providing the loan is not a current high demand topic or the items have not been requested by another client. We are unable to renew parts of loans.

Contact your nearest centre to discuss your renewal request.

How long will it take for our resources to arrive?

  • We process resource requests in the order that we receive them.
  • We aim to have the resources selected and dispatched within 10 working days. However, in peak times (the beginning of each term), they may take longer, so we recommend placing your order well in advance if possible.

Read more about the new lending service.

Read more about Returning loans via courier.

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