Update: Tuesday 24 March

During Stages 3 & 4 of the COVID-19 Response Plan, book return chutes of the Dunedin Public Libraries will be closed to protect the safety of Library staff and the community. Please hold on to your library books and other items for now. Return chutes are closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ll waive overdue charges from 22 March. You can return your books after the alert level drops back to level two.

If you need something new to read – check out our digital services, which includes stuff for the kids!


Following the latest Government announcement on COVID-19 (21 March 2020) Dunedin’s six public libraries are now closed until further notice.

There will be more information to come around library holds, fees and charges.

Mayor of Dunedin Aaron Hawkins says, “It’s important we take sensible precautions to keep our community safe. This means being particularly aware of public places where a lot of people are together.”

The safety and well-being of customers of Dunedin Public Libraries is of the utmost importance to us. As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we will seek advice from the Ministry of Health and the Dunedin City Council's Covid Management Team (CMT) on how to best protect our staff and customers.

Keep up with the latest DCC COVID-19 information at www.dunedin.govt.nz/COVID-19

For health concerns and advice go to www.covid19.govt.nz

Using the Library from home

Library members can access a range of eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines from home via our website www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz – Digital Library.

  • Wheelers ePlatform: eBooks
  • Ulverscroft: audiobooks
  • BorrowBox: eBooks, audiobooks
  • Romance Bookcloud: eBooks
  • PressReader: newspapers and magazines
  • Storybox: children’s video stories

Please note: to access online content via the website you need to login with your Library card ID and password. Alternatively you can download the eBook / eAudiobook apps, mentioned above, from the Apple or Google Play stores depending on whether you have an Apple or Android device. You will still need your Library card number and password when initialising the apps.