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Latest news from Services to Schools, including service changes during COVID-19 alert level restrictions.

Our services during alert level changes

Our lending service for North Island schools and kura is suspended — please do not return books to us.

Our lending service for South Island schools and kura has restarted. However, there may be a delay in fulfilling your loan. South Island schools can return books to our Christchurch centre.

Read what National Library services are still available under the COVID-19 alert level changes: COVID-19 coronavirus update.

30 August 2021 — Changes to our lending service take effect

The changes to our lending service for schools and kura take effect from today. We hope you’ll find it more flexible, and easier to use and manage your loan requests from the National Library.

Due to COVID-19 alert level restrictions, the lending service is currently suspended, but you can still send us term 4 requests for books using the new dashboard and process.

If you have not received your term 3 books and no longer require them, let us know and we’ll cancel your order. Email

Borrowing becomes easier from today has more.

18 August 2021 — Lending to schools and face-to-face events temporarily suspended

We apologise for any delays and inconvenience this may cause. We'll update you with any new dates for cancelled events as soon as we know when we can hold them again. To find out more about our services during alert level restrictions, follow National Library's COVID-19 coronavirus update.

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Professional learning courses and events

Use our online resources in the meantime

If you need access to resources urgently, try looking at our teaching and learning resources, including:

Our AnyQuestions service also offers online chat support for students needing help with schoolwork.

Supporting reading and learning from home — explore our curated selection of information for school librarians and teachers to support reading and learning from home.

Phone and email support available as normal

Phone 0800 LIB LINE 0800 542 5463 Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm or email

We’ll do our best to answer your questions.

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