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Kia ora! Welcome to Public Libraries of New Zealand

Are you a fact finder or self-educator, research aficionado or truth-seeker, champion reader or an occasional browser? Then you enjoy learning.

A public library today is a focal point, a centre for the whole community and its visitors; a meeting place; a site for education; a source of inspiration and innovation; a connection to the wider world, a democratic place for sharing knowledge, experience and opinion.


This is not the purpose of a public library; it is merely the bonuses. Where public libraries play a key role in improving individual and community outcomes is in literacy (language, numeracy or digital) and social cohesion. Literate communities are more cohesive, stable and high-functioning, more resilient, tolerant, and better able to develop and participate in enterprise and growth opportunities.


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Books for Fiji Books for Fiji

Books for Fiji

Desperately seeking children's and Young Adult fiction and non-fiction.

Last month Fiji was hit by one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded leaving a path of devastation in its wake. The second to batter the island nation, in recent months, Cyclone Ana caused severe flooding and forced around 10,000...
Tauranga Library Celebrates 150 years Tauranga Library Celebrates 150 years

Tauranga Library Celebrates 150 years

Sowing the seeds of future generations!

On this day, 7 April 1871, three men had a meeting at the Masonic Hotel about providing the local community with reading material. Little did they...
Te Pouhuaki | National Librarian, Rachel Esson, explains Te Pouhuaki | National Librarian, Rachel Esson, explains

Te Pouhuaki | National Librarian, Rachel Esson, explains

National Library's process of culling the Overseas Published Collections (OPC).

Libraries have been around for thousands of years. If society kept everything ever written whether, on tablet, scroll, parchment or...
Life Through Lockdown Life Through Lockdown

Life Through Lockdown

A book of poems

During Level 4, Manawatu District Libraries ran a poetry competition asking the community to share their feelings and experiences and...
Author shares her love of public libraries. Author shares her love of public libraries.

Author shares her love of public libraries.

Commissioned by Public Libraries of New Zealand, Briar Grace Smith writes about her local library. 

The first in a series of essays commissioned by PLNZ, Briar Grace-Smith's essay, "To My Local" can be read in The...

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