Library Services

Library services are provided to respond to the literacy, recreational, information, learning and cultural needs of the community.
Whanganui's libraries are a vast repository of information and complementary professional services are offered to ensure best use can be made of these resources.

 We provide this service via:

  • A central library - the ‘ Davis’ at Queens Park
  • The Alexander Heritage and Research Library (where the nationally-renowned Wanganui Collection is housed, along with the Lovegrove Military Archive) which is operating in a temporary location at 60 Ridgway Street while earthquake strengthening is done on the Queens Park building.
  • A suburban cafe library - 'Gonville Cafe Library' in the Gonville Centre, Abbot Street.
  • The Suzanne Aubert Library at Jerusalem. 
  • A Mobile Library, serving schools, rest homes, suburban and rural communities.
  • A web site -

 Funding Databases:

Whanganui District Library provides free access to two funding databases:

  • givME (formerly BreakOut) offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and grants for individuals.
  • givUS (formerly FundView) lists more than 1,200 resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs.

UPDATE: Generosity New Zealand (GNZ) has just upgraded their system to a new platform.

The new platform gives customers a better online experience where you will now able to access their online database from any computer or hand held device.

As a Whanganui District Library member, you can take advantage of this new platform by clicking on the link below:

Sign up to the new Generosity Org Platform

Fill-in the sign-up form using a valid email. You will be sent a confirmation email with an account activation link, follow the instructions carefully.

Login to Generosity New Zealand from anywhere

For more information regarding the new platform


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