Ask Us To Buy It
If you can't find the item you are looking for in the Library and you would like to see it in our collection, you can ask us to buy it.
Displays & Noticeboards
Noticeboards are available in our libraries for community use for posters and notices about community-based events and non-profit organisations.
Freestanding display boards are available in the Timaru and Geraldine Libraries' foyers. Displays should be suitable for the general public. Bookings are for one week – Monday to Sunday – and need to be arranged in advance.
Information and Reference Services
Our specialist library staff can help you search our collections and online databases. We can source material from other libraries using our inter-library loan service.
To use our free Reference Services visit, phone or email our libraries. Our Digital Library provides free access to many databases, thousands of quality articles, academic journals, overseas newspapers, and popular magazines.
When an item is not held in our Libraries we may be able to borrow it via Inter-Library loan from another New Zealand Library. Charges apply.
Timaru District Libraries provide free computing and Internet access via the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa (APNK).
APNK desktop PCs are available and are installed with Windows 7 and a range of software including Microsoft Office 2010 (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.), Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Skype, Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe Reader and many other programmes. Each APNK PC has a DVD and CD Drive, USB ports, memory card slots, a webcam and headset. Half-hour sessions may be self-booked in the libraries or by phone.
Free Wifi access is also available at all our libraries.
Black and white, A4 printing is available from PCs and Wifi at a cost of 20 cents per page.
Justice of the Peace
A Justice of the Peace is available in the Timaru Library on Saturday mornings from 10am -12 noon.
Library Elf is a free email service that tracks your Library items. It allows you to receive email alerts before items are due, email alerts on holds ready to collect, and can give you a complete list of your family's loans and holds. Sign up at http://www.libraryelf.com
Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes in the Library? Here's your chance to find out - Library tours are available to Community Groups, Schools and Pre-Schools by arrangement. Contact our Libraries for more details.