What you can borrow

Schools are welcome to borrow from our carefully selected collections to supplement their local resources. The focus of our whole-school and secondary author/title loans is on providing books and audiovisual items to support students in their learning, and to encourage and develop a love of reading.

The number of resources your school can borrow is determined by the size of your school roll. The resources that are available also depends on demand. This page explains more about what your school can borrow.

Home-educator loan requests has information about what families who homeschool their students can borrow.

  • Types of resources you can borrow

    You can borrow fiction and non-fiction books and audiovisual items from the Schools Lending Collection. Secondary schools can also request individual items from the National Library Collections (General).

    Our resources are appropriate for years 1 to 13 and are selected to support the NZ Curriculum and encourage reading engagement.

    All orders need to go through your school's loan coordinator and be submitted online as part of a whole-school or secondary school author/title loan.

    Our collections

    The National Library Collections (General) and the Schools Lending Collection are available to provide resources for school loans.

    The Schools Lending Collection is based in Auckland and Christchurch. The resources are used for whole-school loans and home educator loans.

    Based in Wellington, the National Library Collection (General) covers all subjects and is designed to meet the information needs of New Zealanders.

    National Library Catalogue — search under 'Schools Lending Collection' or 'National Library Collections' (look for items listed with 'General Collection' in the Available at field).

    You may also borrow fiction and non-fiction audiobooks from our Print Disability Collection if students are unable to use our print resources.

    Print Disabilities Collection has more about how to access this collection

  • Types of resources you can borrow

    You can borrow fiction and non-fiction books and audiovisual items from the Schools Lending Collection. Secondary schools can also request individual items from the National Library Collections (General).

    Our resources are appropriate for years 1 to 13 and are selected to support the NZ Curriculum and encourage reading engagement.

    All orders need to go through your school's loan coordinator and be submitted online as part of a whole-school or secondary school author/title loan.

    Our collections

    The National Library Collections (General) and the Schools Lending Collection are available to provide resources for school loans.

    The Schools Lending Collection is based in Auckland and Christchurch. The resources are used for whole-school loans and home educator loans.

    Based in Wellington, the National Library Collection (General) covers all subjects and is designed to meet the information needs of New Zealanders.

    National Library Catalogue — search under 'Schools Lending Collection' or 'National Library Collections' (look for items listed with 'General Collection' in the Available at field).

    You may also borrow fiction and non-fiction audiobooks from our Print Disability Collection if students are unable to use our print resources.

    Print Disabilities Collection has more about how to access this collection

  • Number of loans per year

    Your school can request 4 whole-school loans per year, alternating between inquiry and reading engagement loans.

    Whole-school loans — how they work explains what inquiry and reading engagement loans are.

    Dates for loan requests and returns gives our whole-school loan request periods and their due dates.

    Secondary schools can request individual resources using a secondary author/title loan anytime during the school year.

    Secondary school author/title loans

  • Number of loans per year

    Your school can request 4 whole-school loans per year, alternating between inquiry and reading engagement loans.

    Whole-school loans — how they work explains what inquiry and reading engagement loans are.

    Dates for loan requests and returns gives our whole-school loan request periods and their due dates.

    Secondary schools can request individual resources using a secondary author/title loan anytime during the school year.

    Secondary school author/title loans

  • Number of resources your school can borrow

    The number of resources your school can borrow is determined by the size of your school roll.

    Availability of resources for loans is also affected by demand. For example, Treaty of Waitangi resources are in high demand in the period leading up to Waitangi Day.

    The earlier you make your request, the more material we will have available to resource it.

    Whole-school loan allocations per loan and per loan period

    The following table gives the number of resources ('allocation') that schools with different roll sizes can borrow. Information about the number of inquiry topic, reading engagement and author/title ('individual item') requests your school can borrow is also available on your school's online loan request dashboard.

    Roll size Inquiry allocation per loan Number of inquiry topics per loan Reading engagement allocation per loan Reading engagement focus areas per loan
    0–49 Up to 65 Up to 4 Up to 65 Up to 4
    50–99 Up to 80 Up to 5 Up to 80 Up to 4
    100–149 Up to 95 Up to 6 Up to 95 Up to 4
    150–249 Up to 125 Up to 7 Up to 125 Up to 4
    250–349 Up to 155 Up to 8 Up to 155 Up to 4
    350–449 Up to 185 Up to 9 Up to 185 Up to 4
    450–549 Up to 215 Up to 10 Up to 200 Up to 4
    550–649 Up to 245 Up to 11 Up to 200 Up to 4
    650–749 Up to 275 Up to 12 Up to 200 Up to 4
    750–849 Up to 305 Up to 13 Up to 200 Up to 4
    850–949 Up to 335 Up to 14 Up to 200 Up to 4
    950–1049 Up to 365 Up to 15 Up to 200 Up to 4
    1050–1149 Up to 395 Up to 16 Up to 200 Up to 4
    1150–3500 Up to 400 Up to 16 Up to 200 Up to 4
  • Number of resources your school can borrow

    The number of resources your school can borrow is determined by the size of your school roll.

    Availability of resources for loans is also affected by demand. For example, Treaty of Waitangi resources are in high demand in the period leading up to Waitangi Day.

    The earlier you make your request, the more material we will have available to resource it.

    Whole-school loan allocations per loan and per loan period

    The following table gives the number of resources ('allocation') that schools with different roll sizes can borrow. Information about the number of inquiry topic, reading engagement and author/title ('individual item') requests your school can borrow is also available on your school's online loan request dashboard.

    Roll size Inquiry allocation per loan Number of inquiry topics per loan Reading engagement allocation per loan Reading engagement focus areas per loan
    0–49 Up to 65 Up to 4 Up to 65 Up to 4
    50–99 Up to 80 Up to 5 Up to 80 Up to 4
    100–149 Up to 95 Up to 6 Up to 95 Up to 4
    150–249 Up to 125 Up to 7 Up to 125 Up to 4
    250–349 Up to 155 Up to 8 Up to 155 Up to 4
    350–449 Up to 185 Up to 9 Up to 185 Up to 4
    450–549 Up to 215 Up to 10 Up to 200 Up to 4
    550–649 Up to 245 Up to 11 Up to 200 Up to 4
    650–749 Up to 275 Up to 12 Up to 200 Up to 4
    750–849 Up to 305 Up to 13 Up to 200 Up to 4
    850–949 Up to 335 Up to 14 Up to 200 Up to 4
    950–1049 Up to 365 Up to 15 Up to 200 Up to 4
    1050–1149 Up to 395 Up to 16 Up to 200 Up to 4
    1150–3500 Up to 400 Up to 16 Up to 200 Up to 4
  • Librarians select items for whole-school loans

    Services to Schools librarians will use the inquiry topics and reading engagement focuses you have requested to guide their selection of a rich variety of formats and genre to engage your students.

    Note that as a national service, we are unable to meet specific requests for large numbers of formats and genres, for example, graphic novels, sophisticated picture books or dystopian fiction.

  • Librarians select items for whole-school loans

    Services to Schools librarians will use the inquiry topics and reading engagement focuses you have requested to guide their selection of a rich variety of formats and genre to engage your students.

    Note that as a national service, we are unable to meet specific requests for large numbers of formats and genres, for example, graphic novels, sophisticated picture books or dystopian fiction.

  • Use our online digital resources too

    Use our Topic Explorer and other digital resources to find content to inspire your inquiry. 

    Digital resources and guides

  • Use our online digital resources too

    Use our Topic Explorer and other digital resources to find content to inspire your inquiry. 

    Digital resources and guides