Schools and home educators (people who homeschool their children) can borrow books from our collections to supplement their own local resources.

We provide a wide range of carefully selected, fiction and non-fiction books to inspire and inform your students’ inquiry, and encourage and develop a love of reading.

Lending service — loan policy (pdf, 202KB)

  • Who can borrow from us

    All New Zealand schools on the Ministry of Education schools list and registered home educators can borrow books from us.

    Ministry of Education schools list

    Home educators must have a current Certificate of exemption from enrolment at a registered school from the Ministry of Education.

    Using our lending service

    Schools and home educators need to register with Services to Schools to borrow from us. If your school is already registered, you don't need to re-register. Home educators need to register annually.

    Home educators — how to borrow books

    School staff borrow through their school loan coordinator(s)

    Teachers, teacher trainees, or school librarians borrow books from us through their school loan coordinator(s).

    School loan coordinators play a key role in ordering, managing, and returning your National Library loans. Schools must nominate up to 2 loan coordinators to be their central point of contact for our lending service. Coordinators order loans and request books for their school using our online lending system.

    School loan coordinator role

    School loan coordinators — how to use our lending service

  • Who can borrow from us

    All New Zealand schools on the Ministry of Education schools list and registered home educators can borrow books from us.

    Ministry of Education schools list

    Home educators must have a current Certificate of exemption from enrolment at a registered school from the Ministry of Education.

    Using our lending service

    Schools and home educators need to register with Services to Schools to borrow from us. If your school is already registered, you don't need to re-register. Home educators need to register annually.

    Home educators — how to borrow books

    School staff borrow through their school loan coordinator(s)

    Teachers, teacher trainees, or school librarians borrow books from us through their school loan coordinator(s).

    School loan coordinators play a key role in ordering, managing, and returning your National Library loans. Schools must nominate up to 2 loan coordinators to be their central point of contact for our lending service. Coordinators order loans and request books for their school using our online lending system.

    School loan coordinator role

    School loan coordinators — how to use our lending service

  • Collections you can borrow from

    Loans to schools and home educators come from our Schools Lending Collection and National Library's Wellington General and Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collections.

    Schools Lending Collection

    This large collection has books suitable for years 1 to 13. These books support the New Zealand Curriculum and foster a love of reading. The collection is held in Auckland and Christchurch.

    National Library's Wellington lending collections

    Secondary and composite schools and home educators can borrow from our Wellington General and Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collections.

    Wellington General Collection

    This collection includes books on a range of subject areas. Since 2003, collection development has focused on family history, library and information science, and a selection of contemporary world issues.

    Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collection

    This collection includes resources on New Zealand and Pacific history, politics, culture, and the arts, including:

    • Maori and Pacific language material
    • literature by New Zealand authors
    • exploration and discovery of the Pacific and Antarctica.

    Audio books for print disabilities

    You may also borrow fiction and non-fiction audio books from our Print Disability Collection if students can't use our print resources.

    Print Disabilities Collection has more about how to access this collection

    Search our lending collections

    National Library Catalogue — search our catalogue to discover what’s available (the Available at field shows which collection(s) hold which resources).

  • Collections you can borrow from

    Loans to schools and home educators come from our Schools Lending Collection and National Library's Wellington General and Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collections.

    Schools Lending Collection

    This large collection has books suitable for years 1 to 13. These books support the New Zealand Curriculum and foster a love of reading. The collection is held in Auckland and Christchurch.

    National Library's Wellington lending collections

    Secondary and composite schools and home educators can borrow from our Wellington General and Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collections.

    Wellington General Collection

    This collection includes books on a range of subject areas. Since 2003, collection development has focused on family history, library and information science, and a selection of contemporary world issues.

    Wellington New Zealand and Pacific Collection

    This collection includes resources on New Zealand and Pacific history, politics, culture, and the arts, including:

    • Maori and Pacific language material
    • literature by New Zealand authors
    • exploration and discovery of the Pacific and Antarctica.

    Audio books for print disabilities

    You may also borrow fiction and non-fiction audio books from our Print Disability Collection if students can't use our print resources.

    Print Disabilities Collection has more about how to access this collection

    Search our lending collections

    National Library Catalogue — search our catalogue to discover what’s available (the Available at field shows which collection(s) hold which resources).

  • What schools can borrow

    Schools can order 2 types of loans from the National Library:

    • whole-school resource loans, and
    • anytime title requests.

    Our whole-school loan offer will meet most schools' lending requirements. This loan offers flexibility for supporting both inquiry learning and reading engagement each term.

    Use our anytime titles requests when you need specific books for individual students.

    Courier costs

    The National Library pays the cost of couriering books to your school, but you pay the return cost. We have negotiated a competitively priced delivery service you can use.

    Return your books to us

    Whole-school resource loans

    Whole-school loans support teaching and learning, and reading for pleasure. Schools can order these loans once a term (4 times a year). We issue these loans for 1 term.

    Our librarians use the inquiry topics and learning focuses you provide in our online lending form to guide their selection of books for your loan. They aim to give you a rich variety of formats and genre that:

    • will engage your students
    • make the most of your school's total allocation.

    Number of books and resources schools can borrow

    The number of inquiry and reading requests you can make in your whole-school loan and the number of books and resources your school can borrow (your 'allocation') depends on your school roll.

    School roll size Number of inquiry and reading requests per loan Resource allocation per loan
    0–49 4 98
    50–99 5 120
    100–149 6 143
    150–249 7 188
    250–349 8 233
    350–449 9 278
    450–549 10 311
    550–649 11 334
    650–749 12 356
    750–849 13 379
    850–949 14 401
    950–1049 15 424
    1050–3500 16 446

    Reading engagement 'top-up'

    Every school can also request a reading engagement 'top-up' with their whole-school loan. This is a selection of up to 75 great books matching your school profile. Asking for a top-up will not affect your whole-school resource loan allocation.

    The diagram shows a row of 7 joined circles, each with text in the centre and below that describes a step in the whole-school lending process (see description for details).​

    • Description for whole-school lending process diagram

      The diagram shows a row of 7 joined circles. Each circle has text in the centre and below it that describes a step in the whole-school lending process.

      Step 1. Select and register your school loan coordinators

      Your principal appoints 1 or 2 school loan coordinators. Each loan coordinator gets a registration code to access the online ordering form.

      Step 2. Plan your loan requests across your school

      Teachers decide what resources they’d like to support teaching. They share this information with the school loan coordinator so they can prepare a loan order.

      Step 3. Enter and submit your order online

      The school loan coordinator enters your school’s loan requests into the online form and submits the order.

      Step 4. Services to Schools librarians select books for your loan

      A Services to Schools librarian selects the best available books and resources to match your school’s loan requests.

      Step 5. Books are couriered to your school

      The books and a list of the loan items are couriered to your school. The item list is also emailed to you. Target dispatch date is within 20 working days of receiving your order.

      Step 6. Your school manages the loan when it arrives

      When your loan arrives, your loan coordinator unpacks the books and uses the item lists to manage the resources while they're at your school.

      Step 7. Return your loan at the end of the term

      When the loan is due back (or earlier if you've finished with the resources), return your loan to the National Library using the CourierPost service.

    • Description for whole-school lending process diagram

      The diagram shows a row of 7 joined circles. Each circle has text in the centre and below it that describes a step in the whole-school lending process.

      Step 1. Select and register your school loan coordinators

      Your principal appoints 1 or 2 school loan coordinators. Each loan coordinator gets a registration code to access the online ordering form.

      Step 2. Plan your loan requests across your school

      Teachers decide what resources they’d like to support teaching. They share this information with the school loan coordinator so they can prepare a loan order.

      Step 3. Enter and submit your order online

      The school loan coordinator enters your school’s loan requests into the online form and submits the order.

      Step 4. Services to Schools librarians select books for your loan

      A Services to Schools librarian selects the best available books and resources to match your school’s loan requests.

      Step 5. Books are couriered to your school

      The books and a list of the loan items are couriered to your school. The item list is also emailed to you. Target dispatch date is within 20 working days of receiving your order.

      Step 6. Your school manages the loan when it arrives

      When your loan arrives, your loan coordinator unpacks the books and uses the item lists to manage the resources while they're at your school.

      Step 7. Return your loan at the end of the term

      When the loan is due back (or earlier if you've finished with the resources), return your loan to the National Library using the CourierPost service.

    Whole-school lending process (pdf, 173KB)

    Anytime title requests

    Use our anytime title requests to order specific books from our schools' lending collections. There's no limit to the number of anytime title requests you can make.

    For these requests, you first need to find the titles you'd like in the National Library Catalogue and check that a borrowing copy is available.

    Request a specific book — anytime title requests

  • What schools can borrow

    Schools can order 2 types of loans from the National Library:

    • whole-school resource loans, and
    • anytime title requests.

    Our whole-school loan offer will meet most schools' lending requirements. This loan offers flexibility for supporting both inquiry learning and reading engagement each term.

    Use our anytime titles requests when you need specific books for individual students.

    Courier costs

    The National Library pays the cost of couriering books to your school, but you pay the return cost. We have negotiated a competitively priced delivery service you can use.

    Return your books to us

    Whole-school resource loans

    Whole-school loans support teaching and learning, and reading for pleasure. Schools can order these loans once a term (4 times a year). We issue these loans for 1 term.

    Our librarians use the inquiry topics and learning focuses you provide in our online lending form to guide their selection of books for your loan. They aim to give you a rich variety of formats and genre that:

    • will engage your students
    • make the most of your school's total allocation.

    Number of books and resources schools can borrow

    The number of inquiry and reading requests you can make in your whole-school loan and the number of books and resources your school can borrow (your 'allocation') depends on your school roll.

    School roll size Number of inquiry and reading requests per loan Resource allocation per loan
    0–49 4 98
    50–99 5 120
    100–149 6 143
    150–249 7 188
    250–349 8 233
    350–449 9 278
    450–549 10 311
    550–649 11 334
    650–749 12 356
    750–849 13 379
    850–949 14 401
    950–1049 15 424
    1050–3500 16 446

    Reading engagement 'top-up'

    Every school can also request a reading engagement 'top-up' with their whole-school loan. This is a selection of up to 75 great books matching your school profile. Asking for a top-up will not affect your whole-school resource loan allocation.

    The diagram shows a row of 7 joined circles, each with text in the centre and below that describes a step in the whole-school lending process (see description for details).​

    • Description for whole-school lending process diagram

      The diagram shows a row of 7 joined circles. Each circle has text in the centre and below it that describes a step in the whole-school lending process.

      Step 1. Select and register your school loan coordinators

      Your principal appoints 1 or 2 school loan coordinators. Each loan coordinator gets a registration code to access the online ordering form.

      Step 2. Plan your loan requests across your school

      Teachers decide what resources they’d like to support teaching. They share this information with the school loan coordinator so they can prepare a loan order.

      Step 3. Enter and submit your order online

      The school loan coordinator enters your school’s loan requests into the online form and submits the order.

      Step 4. Services to Schools librarians select books for your loan

      A Services to Schools librarian selects the best available books and resources to match your school’s loan requests.

      Step 5. Books are couriered to your school

      The books and a list of the loan items are couriered to your school. The item list is also emailed to you. Target dispatch date is within 20 working days of receiving your order.

      Step 6. Your school manages the loan when it arrives

      When your loan arrives, your loan coordinator unpacks the books and uses the item lists to manage the resources while they're at your school.

      Step 7. Return your loan at the end of the term

      When the loan is due back (or earlier if you've finished with the resources), return your loan to the National Library using the CourierPost service.

    • Description for whole-school lending process diagram

      The diagram shows a row of 7 joined circles. Each circle has text in the centre and below it that describes a step in the whole-school lending process.

      Step 1. Select and register your school loan coordinators

      Your principal appoints 1 or 2 school loan coordinators. Each loan coordinator gets a registration code to access the online ordering form.

      Step 2. Plan your loan requests across your school

      Teachers decide what resources they’d like to support teaching. They share this information with the school loan coordinator so they can prepare a loan order.

      Step 3. Enter and submit your order online

      The school loan coordinator enters your school’s loan requests into the online form and submits the order.

      Step 4. Services to Schools librarians select books for your loan

      A Services to Schools librarian selects the best available books and resources to match your school’s loan requests.

      Step 5. Books are couriered to your school

      The books and a list of the loan items are couriered to your school. The item list is also emailed to you. Target dispatch date is within 20 working days of receiving your order.

      Step 6. Your school manages the loan when it arrives

      When your loan arrives, your loan coordinator unpacks the books and uses the item lists to manage the resources while they're at your school.

      Step 7. Return your loan at the end of the term

      When the loan is due back (or earlier if you've finished with the resources), return your loan to the National Library using the CourierPost service.

    Whole-school lending process (pdf, 173KB)

    Anytime title requests

    Use our anytime title requests to order specific books from our schools' lending collections. There's no limit to the number of anytime title requests you can make.

    For these requests, you first need to find the titles you'd like in the National Library Catalogue and check that a borrowing copy is available.

    Request a specific book — anytime title requests

  • Get in early — availability of books depends on demand

    Demand will affect the availability of books for loans. For example, Treaty of Waitangi resources are in high demand in the period leading up to Waitangi Day.

    The earlier you order your loan, the more likely you are to receive books on these high-demand topics.

    Dates for ordering and returning school loans

  • Get in early — availability of books depends on demand

    Demand will affect the availability of books for loans. For example, Treaty of Waitangi resources are in high demand in the period leading up to Waitangi Day.

    The earlier you order your loan, the more likely you are to receive books on these high-demand topics.

    Dates for ordering and returning school loans