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.

Display board bookings can be arranged on a case-by-case basis with each of our libraries and should be suitable for the general public.

Email Newsletters

Find out about the latest releases in eAudio and eBooks (digital), fiction, non-fiction,  large print, talking books, young adults, and
children and place a hold, all in one go.  We have newsletters on thrillers, travel, biographies, picture books, gardening and more.

Keep up to date with the latest titles, best picks and featured selections.  You can subscribe to our newsletters which come out either monthly or bi-monthly.

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.

Inter-Library Loans

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 10 cents per each side of a page.

In using the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa you agree to be legally bound by relevant New Zealand law, including copyright, privacy and censorship laws, and also agree to the Timaru District Libraries' Terms of Use.

Justices of the Peace

Justices of the Peace are available in both the Timaru and Geraldine libraries on Saturday mornings from 10am -12 noon. These services are free of charge.

Library Elf

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

Library Tours

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.