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
We’ve extended the loan period for books in our term 2 loans. They’re now due back by the end of term 3 (25 September).
You have until 14 August 2020 to submit your term 3 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
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.
||Loan order period
||Due date (for return)
||9 March to 29 May
||2 June to 14 August
||17 August to 6 November 2020
||12 February 2021
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 (within term 3's whole-school loan request period), the book is due back to us on 25 September 2020.
- If you request this title on 18 August (within the term 4's whole-school loan request period), its due date is 12 February 2021.
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.