Anonymous donors have enabled new books to be bought for the Gore District Library.
The donors received the donation from a bequest from a friend.
The couple were surprised and touched by the generosity and wanted to pay it forward.
“He was an avid reader and attended the library in Gore frequently,” the donors said.
“So when choosing to make a donation, the library was the obvious choice.
“We wanted to do something that would benefit the community that others may not necessarily think of.”
Gore District Libraries manager Lorraine Weston-Webb said the library was able to buy 29 books with the donation.
“We have worked together to compile a list of books that would remain important in the district over time,” Ms Weston-Webb said.
The books had been popular since they had begun arriving late last year.
“A lot of them are out on loan at the moment,” she said.
The 29 books included fiction and non-fiction.
The seven fiction books were all award-winners from authors such as Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen.
The remaining 22 were non-fiction titles from a mix of genres, from science and nature to travel books.
“One book, Great Tales from Rural New Zealand, fits in well in this community,” she said.
Ms Weston-Webb and the donors were delighted with the choice of books.