Dates for ordering and returning school loans

Calendar with pencil to enter dates to order or return your school loan.

Find out when you need to order or return your whole-school loan or the specific titles you've requested from our school lending service.

Upcoming dates to note

You have until 4 June 2021 to submit your term 2 whole-school loan order for inquiry and reading resources. Order early and your books may arrive early!

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School loan coordinators — how to use our lending service

New to our lending service? Register as your school's loan coordinator

Whole-school loans

Your school can order 4 whole-school resource loans per year, one per term, to support inquiry and reading engagement in your school.

If you miss the cut-off date for a term's loan orders, order the next term's books as soon as the new loan order period opens and they may arrive in the current term. The target dispatch date is within 20 working days of receiving your order.

Term Loan order period Due date (for return)
1 9 November 2020 to 19 March 2021 16 April 2021
2 22 March to 4 June 9 July
3 7 June to 27 August 1 October
4 30 August to 12 November 18 February 2022

Order a whole-school loan — tips for using the online form

Anytime title requests — for specific books

Schools can request specific books to meet students’ needs any time during the school year. (Note that this service has been extended as an ongoing trial to include primary schools as well as secondary and composite schools.)

Request a specific book — anytime title requests

The return dates for your anytime requests are on a printout sent with your books. If you can't find the printout, this page explains the due dates.

Return date for books from our Schools Lending Collection

To make it easier for schools to return books borrowed from the Schools Lending Collection, due dates for requests from this collection are linked to whole-school loan request and return dates. Refer to the 'Whole-school loans — order and return dates' table above and read these examples to understand how this works:

  • If you requested a specific title on 12 August 2021 (within term 3's whole-school loan request period), the book is due back to us on 1 October 2021.
  • If you request this title on 31 August (within the term 4's whole-school loan request period), its due date is 18 February 2022.

Return date for books from National Library's Wellington lending collections

Books borrowed by secondary and composite schools from the Wellington, Overseas Non-fiction Collection and the Wellington, New Zealand Pacific Collection are due back in 5 weeks. 

Renewals, returning books, return address labels

As a national service, we need to ensure that all schools have equal access to our books in the Schools Lending Collection. We discourage renewals, especially if the books are in high demand. However, if you need to keep your books beyond the due date, please contact us to discuss:

Books from our Wellington collections can be renewed for 2 further periods of 4 weeks.

Return your books to us has more information about renewals, where to send your books (including address labels), and how to use the CourierPost service.