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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?

Going electric in Upper Hutt! Going electric in Upper Hutt!

Going electric in Upper Hutt!

New Zealand’s first electric vehicle (EV) mobile library service, Mangaroa, is coming to Upper Hutt Libraries.


Blessed by Matua Kura Moeahu of Te Āti Awa, this service provides greater access to library resources around Upper Hutt visiting various community spaces including schools and rest homes.

The Cumulus Project The Cumulus Project

The Cumulus Project

Dunedin City of Literature

Creating a book of sky photography and poetry has long been a dream for Carlos Biggemann.

Funding supports library sector Funding supports library sector

Funding supports library sector

The New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) has created 180 library roles.

July 2020. The New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) funding package is established to retain and support librarians and library...
Introducing PLNZ Introducing PLNZ

Introducing PLNZ

Public Libraries of New Zealand

Promoting and supporting public libraries in New Zealand. so they can continue to provide a vital service, improve community well-being, and...

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