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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?

Te Ara Ātea is Rolleston's soon-to-be new library Te Ara Ātea is Rolleston's soon-to-be new library

Te Ara Ātea is Rolleston's soon-to-be new library

A multifunctional civic centre, a place of discovery, community gathering, and sharing of knowledge.

As well as being a library, Te Ara Ātea will house a community lounge with a fireplace and attached cafe. It will have spaces that can be booked for meetings, presentations and performances, as well as a tamariki zone.

City Library Prayer Space City Library Prayer Space

City Library Prayer Space

Dunedin City Library's prayer space is open to people of any faith or no faith.

Preserving the dignity and affirming the value of our community members is critical in times of change and uncertainty. The Spiritual and Prayer...
Alert Level 4 Alert Level 4

Alert Level 4

This means our libraries are closed as are all other Council facilities.

We've been through this before so our libraries are working behind the scenes to ensure their customers can still access services.

“Old-fashioned” - library shelving delinquency fines. “Old-fashioned” - library shelving delinquency fines.

“Old-fashioned” - library shelving delinquency fines.

Ōpōtiki District Library hits the headlines again!

New Zealand has made the international news again, not for winning gold, or an Oscar but for joining a worldwide trend to provide free access to...
Take a virtual tour of a futuristic Library. Take a virtual tour of a futuristic Library.

Take a virtual tour of a futuristic Library.

Blenheim is building a new library and art gallery.

Library and Art Gallery Concept Drawings and Video. Take a trip into the future.


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