Lending service

Schools and home educators 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 our lending service

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 term 1 2016, we are issuing loans to a whole school rather than to individual teachers. Secondary schools also have an author/title lending service they can use.

Our loan policy

One or 2 loan coordinators in your school place loan requests on behalf of all of your teachers.

For a whole-school loan, the coordinator places requests for inquiry topics and resources to support reading engagement. Schools can also request up to 5 specific resources as part of their loan, based on their own author/title search of the Schools Collection catalogue. 

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

Whole-school loans are available 3 times a year in term 1, term 2 and term 3 (for terms 3 and 4).

Secondary school author/title loans provide secondary schools with a ‘needs based’, as required, author/title resource service. Secondary schools can request specific resources at any time during the year based upon their own author/title search of the Schools Collection catalogue or the National Library General Collection catalogue.

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.

Find out more 

School loans toolkit has information to help your school borrow books and resources from the National Library

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

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.

Loans to schools

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 loan coordinator

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.

School librarians

School librarians are welcome to use our lending service and need to place their requests through their school loan coordinator.

Loans to home educators

Home educators with an exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education (or a birth certificate for children who are 5 years old) are welcome to borrow resources for use by their students. 

Key features of the home educator loan are:

  • you need to register before you can borrow from the National Library
  • you can request a loan 4 times a year of fiction and non-fiction print resources to ignite inquiry learning and to stimulate reading engagement
  • these loans can include up to 8 inquiry items, up to 8 reading engagement items and the option to request up to 4 author/titles from your own author/title search of the National Library's National Schools or General Lending collections.

Home educator loan requests explains how to register and request a loan.

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 Collection 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.

If you would like to renew your Term 2 loan please contact us before the end of Term 2.

Contact your nearest centre to discuss your renewal request.

How long will it take for our resources to arrive?

  • Please note we have had a great uptake for our new lending service, and there are a number of schools still in the queue to receive their loans. We are working as fast as we can to complete these loans and are communicating directly with these schools.
  • We process resource requests in the order that we receive them.
  • Current demand for the service means schools can have a wait of several weeks. We recommend placing your order as soon as orders open (Tuesday 7 June for your Term 3&4 loan) if possible.

Find out more

Read more about the new lending service.

Read more about returning loans via courier.

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