COVID-19 library updates

COVID-19 library updates

From Monday 18 May and for the duration of COVID-19 Alert Level 2 the libraries are open.

Opening hours are limited and precautions in place to keep everyone safe.

  • You can choose books for yourself and your family but not stay in the library to study or read. Leave children at home.

  • ‘Call and collect’ service
    • If you are unable to visit the library, you may phone or email to request a loan selection to be prepared and make a time to collect.
    • This is if you can’t leave children alone at home, or if you are elderly or otherwise vulnerable.
    • If you are housebound we may be able to deliver your books, please ask.
  • Return your borrowed items to the afterhours returns at either Gore or Mataura libraries.
    • If you have COVID-19 or are in self-isolation don’t return your library items just yet, there will be no late fees in this situation.
  • Not available yet: Wi-Fi, computers, printing, newspapers.

  • COVID-19 precautions
    • Stay home if you have symptoms or have had symptoms in the last 14 days
    • Wash hands, use hand sanitizer, practice physical distancing
    • Children under 14 stay home
    • Provide contact tracing information
    • Limited numbers of people in the library at one time
    • Time limit in library is 20 mins
    • Payments by EFTPOS, no cash

Gore Library

Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.00pm             
Sunday 1.00-4.00pm
Ph: 03 2039129

Mataura Library and Service Centre

Monday-Friday 1.00-4.00pm
Ph: 03 2038114

Free Library online resources

Important websites for up-to-date information about the pandemic

Important phone numbers

  • Government COVID-19 helpline 0800 779 997 (8am-1pm, 7 days a week)
  • Gore District Council Community Support email: 
  • Emergency Management Southland welfare support 0800 890 127 (7am-7pm daily); email:; Web:
  • Healthline 0800 358 5453 (or call your doctor)
  • Need-to-talk 24/7 service - call or text 1737
  • Police non-emergency 105 or website:
  • Police/Fire/Ambulance emergency 111




Gore District Library 10C Ardwick Street, Gore, 9710 P: 03 203 9129 E: