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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.


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Library News...

What’s happening around the country?

Seeking Young Writers Seeking Young Writers

Seeking Young Writers

NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme 2021 now open

The NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme offers aspiring four young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, and is now open for applications. Click here for more information and to apply.
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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