Who can borrow, what you can borrow
You can borrow books and resources from us for your students if:
- the only child you're homeschooling is 5 years old, or
- you have a current Certificate of Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School from the Ministry of Education for students 6–18 years old.
Ministry of Education information about home education
What you can borrow
Home educators can order a loan from us 4 times a year to align with school terms. You can borrow up to 21 items per family each term.
You can borrow:
- fiction and non-fiction books
- picture books, and graphic novels
- Māori and Pasifika resources
- DVDs and CDs.
You may also borrow fiction and non-fiction audiobooks and eBooks from our Print Disabilities Collection if your student has difficulty using our print resources. The collection is available for borrowing through National Library's Print Disabilities Service.
Audiobooks and eBooks for students with dyslexia or other print disability has more.
The lending process — how to register and borrow
Each calendar year you need to register with us before you can borrow our books and resources.
Home educator registration form (docx, 111KB)
Attach current copies of each student's:
- certificate of exemption, or
- birth certificate (5-year-old students only).
How to borrow books
To order a loan from the National Library:
If you don't have access to a computer, contact Services to Schools:
- North Island: 0800 356 000
- South Island: 0800 928 000.
Attach a certificate of exemption or birth certificate for any new student
For new students you have started homeschooling since you registered with us, attach a copy of the certificate of exemption (or a birth certificate for a 5-year-old) to the loan request form.
How to complete the loan order form
You can make 3 types of book requests:
- inquiry — to help develop inquiry learning skills
- reading engagement — to encourage reading for pleasure
- specific titles — specific resources you may want to borrow from our Schools Lending Collection, or from National Library's Wellington, Overseas Non-fiction Collection or Wellington, New Zealand and Pacific Collection.
1. Inquiry requests
Inquiry resources are a mixture of high-quality non-fiction and fiction books designed to provide inspiration, and avenues for exploring, research, and reflecting.
- You can select up to 4 learning area and strand options from the New Zealand Curriculum for your inquiry request.
- Tell us what your inquiry focus will be for each option and then give the reading age and year level you need for the resources. If you are not using the New Zealand Curriculum, select the learning area and strand that best suits your topic from the following table.
Our librarians will choose 2 books for each of your options, so you'll receive up to 8 books in the inquiry part of your loan.
|Curriculum learning area and strand
||Curriculum learning area and strand
|Cross-curricular — the Arts
||Cross-curricular — Health & PE
|The Arts — Dance
||Health & PE — Personal Health & Physical Development
|The Arts — Drama
||Health & PE — Movements Concepts & Motor Concepts
|The Arts — Music
||Health & PE — Relationships with Other People
|The Arts — Visual Arts
||Health & PE — Healthy Communities & Environments
|Cross-curricular — English
||Cross-curricular — Maths & Statistics
|English — Listening, Reading, Viewing
||Maths & Statistics — Number and Algebra
|English — Speaking, Writing, Presenting
||Maths & Statistics — Geometry and Measurement
|Cross-curricular — Science
||Maths & Statistics — Statistics
|Science — Living World
||Cross-curricular — Social Sciences
|Science — Planet Earth & Beyond
||Social Sciences — Identity Culture and Organisation
|Science — Physical World
||Social Sciences — Place and Environment
|Science — Material World
||Social Sciences — Continuity and Change
|Cross-curricular — Technology
||Social Sciences — Economic World
|Technology — Technological Practice
|Technology — Technological Knowledge
|Technology — Nature of Technology
2. Reading engagement
Reading engagement resources are a mixture of high-quality fiction and non-fiction items designed to support students in their reading for pleasure. We can tailor the books we send to meet a particular literacy focus (e.g. 'develop reading for pleasure').
- You can select up to 4 reading engagement options.
- For each option, tell us the reading age, format, genre, year level, and literary focus.
Our librarians will choose 2 books for each of your options, so you'll receive up to 8 books in the reading engagement part of your loan.
Formats you can request
|Early chapter books
||Sophisticated picture books
Genres you can request
||Myths and legends
3. Specific titles
You can also select up to 5 books to include in your loan. The 2 collections you can borrow from are the Schools Lending Collection and National Library's Wellington General or Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collections.
Items from our Wellington collections have the following conditions:
- The initial loan period is 5 weeks. You can renew your loan for 2 further periods of 4 weeks.
- There's a replacement fee for lost books.
- Return books to the National Library in Wellington.
Courier costs and returning books to us
National Library pays the cost of sending books to you, but you pay the return cost.
Please return all books by the due date (provided on a printout with your books) to the appropriate National Library centre. Return books by dropping them off in person or use a postal/courier service.
Address to return Schools Lending Collection items
- Auckland: 8 Stanley Street, Parnell, Auckland 1010
- Christchurch: Unit 7/150 Cavendish Road, Christchurch 1380
Address to return books from our Wellington collections
Return books from National Library's Wellington, Overseas Non-fiction Collection or Wellington, New Zealand Pacific Collection to:
- Collection Delivery, National Library of New Zealand, Dockway 1, Aitken Street, Wellington 6011
Contact us if you need help
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