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.

Lending newsflash

You have until 8 March to submit your term 1 2019 whole-school loan order for inquiry and reading resources. Order early and your books may arrive early!

2018/19 order and return dates

Note that we've changed how schools can borrow books to better meet your teaching and learning needs:

2018 changes to our lending service

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)
4 11 August to 2 November 2018 15 February 2019
1 3 November 2018 to 8 March 2019 12 April 2019
2 9 March to 24 May 2019 5 July 2019
3 25 May to 16 August 2019 27 September 2019
4 17 August to 8 November 2019 14 February 2020

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.)

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 request a specific title on 17 May (within term 2's whole-school loan request period), the book is due back to us on 5 July.
  • If you request this title on 26 May (within the term 3's whole-school loan request period), its due date is 27 September.

Return date for books from our Wellington school lending collections

Books borrowed by secondary and composite schools from the Wellington General Collection and the Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collection are due back in 5 weeks. 

Request a specific book — anytime title requests

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.