Haere mai / Welcome

Notice: Library services at Level 2

Dear Customers,

The Davis, Gonville and Alexander Libraries are now open their normal advertised hours. Hakeke Library is open 10am-1.00pm. Rangiora St Library will reopen at a later date. The Mobile Bus is back on the road and Home Service has resumed.

We would love you to return your books and borrow some more. All rental items (DVDs, bestsellers, magazines) are free to borrow until after Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Our fixed terminal internet service (Internet on Demand) has restarted. Printing, photocopying and scanning is available. Our café service will restart on Tuesday June 2nd.

All customers are required to provide contact details for tracing when visiting.

Please be patient with staff and your fellow customers as we continue to build up our services in these different times.

Best regards,
Library Team

Whanganui’s public libraries are freely open to everyone. Encouraging and facilitating reading is the heart of our operation and we have more than 100,000 books and magazines to help us do it, as well as over 30,000 audiobooks, eBooks and eMagazines (and DVDs and CDs as well). We look after our community’s memories and enable people to discover and connect with their own and their community’s stories. We welcome around 400,000 people every year. We are safe, welcoming community spaces that connect people to literature, to knowledge, to entertainment and to the whole world. We are public spaces that connect people to one another.

Reading matters

“What do libraries do for us? Well, they introduce many into the world of literacy and learning and help to make it a lifelong habit; they equalise; they teach empathy and help us to learn about each other; they preserve our cultural heritage; they protect our right to know and to learn; they build communities; they strengthen and advance us as a nation; they empower us as individuals.”
Malorie Blackman, UK Children’s Laureate 2013 to 2015

“People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer, such as “Is this the laundry?” “How do you spell surreptitious?” and, on a regular basis, “Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it turned out they were twins.”
Sir Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

More readers, reading more: Whanganui District Library Strategic Plan 2018-2023