Timaru District Libraries

Public Library in Timaru District

Lots of exciting things have been happening at Timaru District Libraries. In June
we were thrilled and humbled to win not one, but two categories in the Ara
Business Excellence Awards. Timaru District Libraries won the Supporting Local
award and also the coveted People’s Choice award. Our libraries are community
hubs where staff members strive to meet the diverse, and often complex needs
of all members of the community. Our library services and programmes promote
social connectedness, life-long learning, well-being, and literacy development.
We see the winning of these awards as an acknowledgment of the value that
our libraries add to our communities.

There are no longer any subscription fees for out-of-district or temporary
memberships, so anyone can join the library for free, regardless of where they
live. We also do not charge overdue or holds fees – which helps to reduce
financial barriers to borrowing.

The very first Hublet unit in New Zealand was recently installed in the Timaru
Children’s Library. Hublet is a product from Finland offering customers self-
service access to tablets for use in the library. A library card is required to
unlock a tablet. With preloaded apps enabling access to our eLibrary, Busy
Things, Kinderlings Kids Radio, as well as links to websites such as National
Geographic Kids and the San Diego Zoo, there is so much for children and
families to explore.

We are excited to announce our new Tech Kits which are now available for
borrowing. We currently have Bee-Bot coding robots, Merge Cubes and Osmo
Genius activity sets which can be borrowed for four weeks. We also have assistive
technology kits such as C-Pen ReaderPens which convert text into spoken words – in
multiple languages. These devices are designed to assist those with low vision,
those with Dyslexia and also for language learning. Other Tech Kits that assist
people who have low vision include our HumanWare electronic magnifiers and
HumanWare VictorReader audiobook players. There are conditions for borrowing
Tech Kits. Come into your local branch to find out more.

Skinny Jump is a programme designed to help eligible New Zealanders gain
access to affordable prepaid broadband internet at home. There are no credit
checks or contracts and customers top up as they go. It costs just $5 for 35GB
of data and customers can renew their plan up to six times a month. Skinny
Jump customers also receive an additional 15GB of free data every month.
Eligible groups include families with children, people with disabilities, migrants
and refugees, Maori and Pasifika youth, seniors, offenders and ex-offenders,
and people living in social housing. Skinny Jump registrations can be done at
Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine Libraries.

Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks for people of all ages are available
across our digital platforms: BorrowBox, OverDrive, Hoopla, AudioBook Cloud
and ePlatform by Wheelers. Apart from AudioBook Cloud, which can be
streamed on a browser, patrons can download the platform apps to their
preferred devices for convenient access to favourite authors and genres, and for
reading on-the-go. As well as eBooks and eAudiobooks, Hoopla also has a wide range of comics and music to enjoy. Did you know that there are now over 700,000 items on Hoopla alone?

Library members also have access to a large and ever-growing collection of
films, documentaries and television shows to stream through the Kanopy,
Beamafilm and Hoopla platforms. Currently, patrons may borrow up to 20 items
each from Kanopy and Hoopla per month. Beamafilm offers unlimited streaming.
There is plenty of great content for children on these platforms too and unlimited
access to Kanopy Kids.

Creativebug is a fabulous new addition to our digital resources. Patrons use
their library card number and password to set up a Creativebug account,
allowing unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes.

There is lots of online content for children to explore and enjoy. One of our
latest additions, LOTE Online, is a database of over 1200 digital picture books in
over 40 languages. Each book includes an English translation to help children
learn other languages. New books are added regularly to the database.

To find out more about our fantastic services and collections, visit our library
branches in Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine, or find us on Facebook, Instagram or at www.timarudistrictlibraries.co.nz

FAQs

Q Does your establishment have FREE WIFI?

Yes! at our 3 locations we have FREE WIFI

Q Do you have Justices of Peace services?

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.

Q Do you have Photocopying services?

Yes, Both colour and Black & White