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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?

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.

The School Library The School Library

The School Library

Online subscription to children's book reviews

Keen to know what children's books are recommended by librarians.

Ōpōtiki Library Uncovers Plastic Pollution Ōpōtiki Library Uncovers Plastic Pollution

Ōpōtiki Library Uncovers Plastic Pollution

Small actions can bring about large change.

Ōpōtiki Library Manager, Jo Hunt, has always been conscious of the plastic footprint left by libraries. Since 2018, during Plastic Free July, the...
Keep Calm and Knit On Keep Calm and Knit On

Keep Calm and Knit On

A project “By the Community for the Community” launched on World Knit in Public Day has the approval of the Guinness Book of World Records.

50 Years Young 50 Years Young

50 Years Young

Celebrating  50 Years of the NZ Young Farmers’ Competition, this book tells the story of a unique event that draws on the traditions of heartland New Zealand.




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