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Ruakaka Library

Information about Ruakaka Community Library.
Updated: 14/07/2020 11:34 a.m.
Picture of Ruakaka Community Library.
  • Takutai Place, Ruakaka, behind the main shopping centre, about 29km southeast from Whangarei.

    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 3.30 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm

    Contact us

    Phone:+64 9 432 8406
    Postal:PO Box 24
    Ruakaka 0151
    Committee Members:Jill Fisher - Chairperson
    +64 9 432 7172

Have you visited Ruakaka Library?

Ruakaka Library is a Community Library run by local volunteers. 
You will find us on Takutai Place (behind the main shopping centre) in a building shared with the Whangarei District Council.

Books and more

Ruakaka Community Library has lots of books for adults, teens and children. We are constantly purchasing new books and we regularly exchange titles with the Whangarei Libraries Mobile Library - there is always something new to read.

Jigsaws, DVDs and talking books on cassette are also available to borrow. 

Note: Ruakaka Community Library operates independently of Whangarei Libraries and has its own membership requirements and loan periods.


The Library is the only place in Ruakaka that provides public internet access. Cost is $4 per hour.

Community Art Space

Ruakaka Library is available to everyone as a space to display artworks.
The art displays are often changing so come and have a look.

If you would like to display your artwork in the Library please phone us on 09 432 8406 or contact Essie Leech (chairperson) on 09 432 8684.

Return items from Whangarei Libraries

You can return books and items borrowed from Whangarei Libraries to Ruakaka Community Library. They are sent back to Whangarei Libraries via courier each working day.


In October 1975, five volunteers with 50 donated books opened a library in a private home in Ruakaka. In 1976 and again in 1979 the library moved premises to an empty shop, then a hall and also to a kitchen in the hall of the Presbyterian Church.

After many fund raising events and applications to the District Council for funds from the Refinery Levy, the use of an area in the Ruakaka Recreation Centre was obtained for a new library which Florence Keene officially opened in September 1991.

However, due to the growing population in the Ruakaka area a bigger library was needed. After 9 years of hard work, fund raising and many donations, a new building was finally built in Takutai Place and officially opened in October 2010. This building also incorporates the Whangarei District Council's Ruakaka offices.

Since opening in the new building there has been a significant increase in membership. The larger premises enables exhibitions to be held of patchwork, weaving, children’s art, etc. which encourages more people to come into and use the library.



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