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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?

A New Chapter for Whakatāne Toy Library A New Chapter for Whakatāne Toy Library

A New Chapter for Whakatāne Toy Library

More toys for local families and children

There are nearly 200 local toy libraries across New Zealand providing families and children access to a range of quality toys.

Somewhere a Cleaner Somewhere a Cleaner

Somewhere a Cleaner

Landing Press celebrates our cleaners

According to the 2018 Census, 38,577 people were working as cleaners in New Zealand. This collection of poetry from Landing Press brings together...
Ross Miller, Bookseller Ross Miller, Bookseller

Ross Miller, Bookseller

Public Libraries salute the work of a local library hero.

Renowned for his big brown bags of books, Ross was a committed, and dedicated bookseller providing a personalised, friendly service to...
Temporary closure for Napier Library. Temporary closure for Napier Library.

Temporary closure for Napier Library.

"Safety is our priority" says Council.

Initial problems with the library's' sprinkler system could bring down the roof in a seismic event, says Council.

Ōtorohanga welcomes a new library manager. Ōtorohanga welcomes a new library manager.

Ōtorohanga welcomes a new library manager.

With 34 years of experience in public libraries, Heather Taylor is delighted to be working in this small rural community.


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