My Book Bag

Run out of books to read in your bubble? My Book Bag has got you covered!

While we are unable to take any returns during Alert Level 3, we are pleased to bring you our new contactless book-borrowing service: My Book Bag.

We have two bags available for you to choose from:

1) A general, genre-focussed, pre-selected bag. Our team of librarians have these ready to go. You can choose from a variety of genres to meet your reading tastes. If you know your favourite genre and love sticking to it, then this is the bag for you.

2) A customised bag based on your preferences and needs. Our team of librarians will personally select each item for you and endeavour to accommodate your specific requests as much as possible. Want some recipe books with great baking ideas, a sports biography, a novel set in the Australian Outback, a couple of picture books in Te Reo Māori, and a home and garden magazine? Make this your bag of choice.

We have a range of children's, teen, and adult books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks available.

Preschool Book Bag Junior Book BagTeen Book Bag Adult Book Bag

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I return my books?

No, we are unable to accept ANY returns at Level 3. We will keep you informed about when you can safely return your books.

How many books can I get?

Librarians will fill your bag with 10 items and check them out to your library account. Bags can be made up for adults, teens, children and pre-schoolers and we can supply magazines, DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs along with your books.

How does Click and Collect work?

You request your items via online form or on the phone. You can opt for a pre-selected bag which will have great titles and authors from a particular genre or you can opt for a more customised bag to meet your needs. Bags can be made up for adults, teens, children and pre-schoolers.

We will arrange with you for a collection time from outside Rangiora or Kaiapoi Libraries - you MUST collect within your timeslot.
Your bag will be clearly labelled with your name, you simply pick it up and take it away. The books will already be checked out to your account. A staff member will be available at a safe distance, if you do need assistance.

I am over 70 and not supposed to leave my home but would love some books, can you help?

If you are over 70 or immuno-comprised please contact us. We can arrange home delivery for the most vulnerable in our community.

Can I access my holds?

At this stage we are not able to provide a Holds service. However, we will be reviewing this and hope to provide Holds via a click and collect service within the next few weeks. We will keep you informed :)

Is this safe?

Yes, we have very strict procedures in place to ensure the safety of both our customers and our staff.
All the books in the book bags have been quarantined for the last five weeks and have only been handled by staff wearing gloves.
Collection times are carefully controlled so we only have a few customers collecting in each time slot and their items are separated to ensure physical distancing is practised.

Will these become overdue?

No, all items are being checked out for an extended period. At this stage, books will be issued until 30 June, 2020. There will be no overdue notices or overdue fines on these items.

How do I pay for DVDs?

All items will be issued free of charge for while we are in Level 3

Can I come into the library?

Not at Level 3. You will pick up your books from just outside the library or in the foyer in wet weather but no members of the public are allowed into the building.

Can I pick up books at Oxford Library?

Sorry, but we cannot offer this service in Oxford at Level 3, you will need to collect your books from Rangiora or Kaiapoi Libraries. This will be reviewed when we move into Level 2.