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Kia ora! Welcome to Public Libraries of New Zealand

"Literacy is a system of codes just waiting to be cracked! once you have, the world becomes an easier place to navigate .”



Literacy: the ability to read and write, to acquire computer literacy, to improve your financial literacy, to recognise emotional literacy, to learn about cultural literacy.

Literacy: a person's knowledge of a particular subject or field.

It's a big word that means "smarts". 

To understand, to know, to feel confident.

Today’s libraries are where people feed their imaginations, rebuild their lives, find direction, upskill themselves, and put growth, understanding and tolerance into practice. 


In a world overloaded with information, spotting fake from fact is vitally important for decision making.  Having access to trusted and reliable information is mission-critical. Literate communities are more cohesive, stable and high-functioning, more resilient, tolerant, and better able to develop and participate in enterprise and growth opportunities in all things life. Check us out.


Join a Public Library today and belong for life!



Library News...

What’s happening around the country?

Sowing the seeds of sustainability Sowing the seeds of sustainability

Sowing the seeds of sustainability

Taradale Library is sowing the seeds of sustainable gardening practices in the community through the opening of a Seed Library.

Fine Free Aotearoa Fine Free Aotearoa

Fine Free Aotearoa

More than half the public libraries in New Zealand are fine free!

  New Zealanders benefit from Public Libraries going fine free.  More than half the public...
Kete - the place to find our stories Kete - the place to find our stories

Kete - the place to find our stories

Book News · Ngā Kōrero O Te Wā

Kete is the place to find news on the latest books and links to interviews, articles, extracts, and more.  
Fine Free Aotearoa Fine Free Aotearoa

Fine Free Aotearoa

A Toolkit for library managers is helping New Zealand libraries become fine free!

Public Libraries of New Zealand has produced a toolkit that helps libraries, councils and communities remove significant barriers to accessing...
Tauranga City Library Tauranga City Library

Tauranga City Library

"more colourful and visually exciting"

The Library's temporary move from Willow St to a site on Devonport Rd is now complete.


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