Return books and resources at the end of their loan period

Whole-school loans need to be returned at the end of a school term or at the end of their loan period. Due date printouts for secondary author/title loans are sent with these loans. Consider using our CourierPost arrangement to return your loans to us.

If you've finished using your resources, return them early so we can issue them to another school.

  • When to return books and resources

    Whole-school loans

    Whole-school loan resources are due back to the National Library at the end of their 2-term issue period. The due dates are noted on your school dashboard and on a printout that comes with your boxes of books.

    Inquiry loans

    Loan Loan period Return by
    Inquiry loan 1 Terms 1 and 2 7 July 2017
    Inquiry loan 2 Terms 3 and 4 14 December 2017

    Reading engagement loans

    Loan Loan period Return by
    Reading engagement loan 1 Terms 2 and 3 29 September 2017
    Reading engagement loan 2 Terms 4 and 1 (including summer holidays) 13 April 2018

    Secondary author/title loans

    Secondary author/title loans from the National Library Collections (General) have a loan period of 5 weeks. Their due dates are listed on the printout that comes with your loan. Items from the Schools Lending Collection have a 2-term issue period.

  • When to return books and resources

    Whole-school loans

    Whole-school loan resources are due back to the National Library at the end of their 2-term issue period. The due dates are noted on your school dashboard and on a printout that comes with your boxes of books.

    Inquiry loans

    Loan Loan period Return by
    Inquiry loan 1 Terms 1 and 2 7 July 2017
    Inquiry loan 2 Terms 3 and 4 14 December 2017

    Reading engagement loans

    Loan Loan period Return by
    Reading engagement loan 1 Terms 2 and 3 29 September 2017
    Reading engagement loan 2 Terms 4 and 1 (including summer holidays) 13 April 2018

    Secondary author/title loans

    Secondary author/title loans from the National Library Collections (General) have a loan period of 5 weeks. Their due dates are listed on the printout that comes with your loan. Items from the Schools Lending Collection have a 2-term issue period.

  • Cost of returning loans

    The National Library pays CourierPost to send the resources to you. However, schools or home educators are responsible for the cost of couriering resources back to the National Library.

    Note that your school will be charged a replacement fee for any lost books borrowed from the National Library Collections (General).

  • Cost of returning loans

    The National Library pays CourierPost to send the resources to you. However, schools or home educators are responsible for the cost of couriering resources back to the National Library.

    Note that your school will be charged a replacement fee for any lost books borrowed from the National Library Collections (General).

  • CourierPost for delivering and returning your loan

    The National Library has an arrangement with CourierPost for the door-to-door delivery and collection of National Library books to and from schools throughout New Zealand.

    If you'd like to use CourierPost, set up an account with them at least 2 weeks before you want to return your books. Features of this courier service include:

    • competitive delivery charges — once a school has an account with CourierPost, you can use this service and pricing for your other delivery needs as well
    • email notification to schools when your loan has been issued
    • track and trace the progress of the loan
    • next-day urban delivery and 2–3 day delivery for rural schools.

    Costs are:

    • $6.12 +GST+ variable fuel rate (VFR) per 15kg
    • $9.12 + GST +VFR per 25kg for delivery within the same island.

    Contact CourierPost to set up your account

    Email melissa.hallinan@nzpost.co.nz. She'll need your school’s:

    • address (mailing and physical address if different)
    • telephone number, and
    • a contact with an email address.

    Read the following CourierPost documents for more information about how to use their service:

  • CourierPost for delivering and returning your loan

    The National Library has an arrangement with CourierPost for the door-to-door delivery and collection of National Library books to and from schools throughout New Zealand.

    If you'd like to use CourierPost, set up an account with them at least 2 weeks before you want to return your books. Features of this courier service include:

    • competitive delivery charges — once a school has an account with CourierPost, you can use this service and pricing for your other delivery needs as well
    • email notification to schools when your loan has been issued
    • track and trace the progress of the loan
    • next-day urban delivery and 2–3 day delivery for rural schools.

    Costs are:

    • $6.12 +GST+ variable fuel rate (VFR) per 15kg
    • $9.12 + GST +VFR per 25kg for delivery within the same island.

    Contact CourierPost to set up your account

    Email melissa.hallinan@nzpost.co.nz. She'll need your school’s:

    • address (mailing and physical address if different)
    • telephone number, and
    • a contact with an email address.

    Read the following CourierPost documents for more information about how to use their service:

  • Where to return books

    Where you return books depends on which collections you borrowed them from.

    Books borrowed from the Schools Lending Collection

    Whole-school loans and secondary author/title loans borrowed from the Schools Lending Collection need to be returned (by courier or in person) to your nearest National Library collection centre. These are:

    • Auckland Centre for schools in the North Island
    • Christchurch Centre for school in the South Island.

    Use the following address labels:

    Books from the National Library Collections (General)

    Return items from the National Library Collections (General) to Wellington using the return labels supplied with your loan.

  • Where to return books

    Where you return books depends on which collections you borrowed them from.

    Books borrowed from the Schools Lending Collection

    Whole-school loans and secondary author/title loans borrowed from the Schools Lending Collection need to be returned (by courier or in person) to your nearest National Library collection centre. These are:

    • Auckland Centre for schools in the North Island
    • Christchurch Centre for school in the South Island.

    Use the following address labels:

    Books from the National Library Collections (General)

    Return items from the National Library Collections (General) to Wellington using the return labels supplied with your loan.

  • Contact us if you need help

  • Contact us if you need help