Hire a venue

The library hosts a wide-range of events. Some of these are library-led, others are run exclusively by community participants.

There are no bookable spaces in the Davis Library, but both the Davis and Gonville Libraries are available to host book launches or literary events outside of normal opening hours. Although there is no charge for this, the library reserves the right to decline an opportunity to host if facilities or staffing are unavailable. Please contact Val Bartrum if you would like to discuss this option.

For Hakeke Street Library, please contact Whanganui Advocacy and Support Trust.

The Alexander Library | Te Rerenga Mai o Te Kauru

The Alexander Library has two spaces that may be booked: a meeting room (the Alexander Lounge); and outside normal opening hours the main room in the Alexander Library may be hired for talks and events. Note that food and drink are not allowed in the main room.

A UHD smart TV and a whiteboard are available.

The Lounge has full access to a kitchen and toilet facilities and has its own entrance.

For further information on costs and conditions of use, download the Terms of Hire or contact Val Bartrum.

Main room

  • This is the main reading room area and perfect for larger meetings. It can only be booked for use outside of our normal opening hours.
  • This space can accommodate up to 100 people standing, 50-75 seated (in rows) or 30-40 seated (at tables).
  • There is access to a full range of separate kitchen and toilet facilities.
  • No food or liquids may be consumed/served within the main room itself.
  • Entrance/Exit is via the principal entrance to the building.

Alexander Lounge

  • This is a sizeable meeting room and can be booked for use at any time.
  • This space can accommodate up to 50 people standing, 30 seated (in rows) or 15-20 seated (at tables).
  • There is access to a full range of separate kitchen and toilet facilities.
  • Entrance/Exit is via the side-entrance to the building.

Gonville Centre Community Room

  • This space is free for non-profit community groups to use. There may be a rental charge for private/corporate bookings.
  • This is a small meeting room and can be booked for use at any time.
  • This space can accommodate up to 30 people standing, 20 seated (in rows) or 15 seated (at tables).
  • There is access to a small kitchen and toilet facilities.
  • Entrance/Exit is via the side-entrance to the building or through the library or medical centre during opening hours.

For further information on availability, please contact:

  • Gonville Library (non-profit groups only) – 06 344 5872
  • Gonville Medical Centre (everyone else) – 06 344 4090

Hakeke Street Library

Please contact Whanganui Advocacy and Support Trust.