Dates to request or return books

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

Find out when you need to request books from our school lending service or return those you've borrowed from us each term.

Upcoming dates to note

You have until 11 March to submit your term 1 2022 topics selection and extra reading requests for inquiry and reading resources. Request early so your books arrive early!

Do you want to keep your ākonga reading during lockdown and over the summer break? We've an exciting summer reading offer for schools.

Read more and request extra books over summer

Changes to our lending service from 30 August

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Quick guide for school loan coordinators — a brief guide about how to use our lending service.

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

This year's request and return dates

Term Loan request period Due date (for return)
4 28 August to 12 November 18 February 2022
1 13 November to 11 March 14 April 2022
2 12 March to 10 June 8 July 2022
3 11 June to 26 August 30 September 2022
4 27 August to 1 November 17 February 2023

How our request and return periods work

Graphic showing dates for requesting and returning books each term. See 'Diagram description' below.
  • Diagram description

    This diagram shows how the request and return periods are scheduled during the school year. Key points in the diagram:

    • Loan request periods open before each term starts.
    • Books are due back at the end of the term they were borrowed for.
    • Schools can request specific titles anytime. Their due dates are the same as the end-of-term dates for the loan request period during which the titles were ordered read an example of how this works.
    • Secondary and composite schools — books from National Library's Wellington collections are issued for 5 weeks.

Diagram description

This diagram shows how the request and return periods are scheduled during the school year. Key points in the diagram:

  • Loan request periods open before each term starts.
  • Books are due back at the end of the term they were borrowed for.
  • Schools can request specific titles anytime. Their due dates are the same as the end-of-term dates for the loan request period during which the titles were ordered read an example of how this works.
  • Secondary and composite schools — books from National Library's Wellington collections are issued for 5 weeks.

When to request books each term

Topics selection and extra reading requests

Loan request periods open before each term starts so that you can request books early.

Send us your topics selection requests as soon as they're ready. You can submit multiple requests throughout the term until you've used your full borrowing allocation. Once a term, you can also request extra books to encourage reading for pleasure — send us this request anytime.

If you prefer, you can submit all your topic requests and your extra reading request together as one loan request.

If you miss the cut-off date for submitting the current term's requests, submit them as soon as the new loan request period opens and your books may still arrive in the current term.

We aim to send books within a maximum of 20 working days of receiving your requests. It's often sooner than that, especially if you submit your requests early in the loan request period. Loans typically take 1–3 working days to be delivered once they leave our centres.

Request books

Specific title requests

You can request specific books to meet students’ needs anytime during the school year.

Choose books yourself — specific title requests

When to return books

Books are generally due back to us at the end of the school term you borrowed them for. The exceptions are:

  • books requested for term 4, which are due back week 2 of term one the following year — so they can be used for summer reading
  • books from our Wellington lending collections.

The return dates for specific title requests from our Schools Lending Collection are on a printout sent with your books.

Return dates for books from our Wellington lending collections are noted on the due-date slips in the back of the books.

Specific titles from our Schools Lending Collection

Due dates for specific title requests from the Schools Lending Collection are linked to end-of-term return dates for topics selections and extra reading requests.

Refer to the request and return dates table and graphic above and read these examples to understand how this works:

  • If you requested a specific title on 12 August 2021 (within term 3's loan request period), the book is due back to us on 30 September 2022.
  • If you request this title on 31 August (within term 4's loan request period), its due date is 17 February 2023.

Renewals, overdue books, returning books, return address labels

Renew books, overdue books, lost or damaged books

Return your books to us — where to send your books (including address labels) and how to use the NZ Post service.

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