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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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Library News...

What’s happening around the country?

Books Alive Books Alive

Books Alive

New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults

This year an innovative approach to the Books Alive events, associated with the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, has been created in response to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Books Alive finalist events and...
Share your Lockdown Stories Share your Lockdown Stories

Share your Lockdown Stories

Lockdown Laundry invites Wellingtonians to share their lockdown memories! An initiative of Wellington City Libraries, Lockdown Laundry is a way to...
Any Questions Any Questions

Any Questions

National Library of NZ helping kiwi school students.

Homework can be a bore, school projects stressful but it doesn’t have to be! AnyQuestions offers free, online help to assist New Zealand...
Cool writing programme for Teens Cool writing programme for Teens

Cool writing programme for Teens

Your story matters. Write your story now. WCL has set up a ‘virtual classroom’ for teens who are in isolation. Programme...
Librarians on the front line. Librarians on the front line.

Librarians on the front line.

During a crisis, librarians are there on the frontline.  They number among the unsung heroes and heroines. Often ‘second...

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