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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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Public Libraries helping Job Seekers

Fantastic resources available anytime, anywhere - and they are completely free!

Keep calm and keep on learning! 

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The History of Public Libraries in New Zealand

Ever wondered when and where the first library was built in New Zealand?

Read about our long and interesting history - thanks to the NZHistory.govt.nz New Zealand’s first public library, The Port Nicholson...
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Kaipara Library Mask Making

Providing homemade masks to their community!

Like many public libraries around the country, Kaipara District Library, are doing their bit to unite against COVID-19. They are providing...
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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...

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