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Whangarei Heads Library

This page contains information about Whangarei Heads Community Library.
Updated: 30/06/2020 2:41 p.m.
Whangarei Heads Community Library photo.
  • 28 School Road, in Whangarei Heads School grounds.
    30 km southeast of Whangarei, off Whangarei Heads Road, between McLeod Bay and Taurikura.

    Opening hours

    During school term:
    Monday to Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
    Saturday: 10 am - 12 noon

    During school holidays:
    Monday to Friday: 10 am - 12 noon

    Closed public holidays

    Contact us

    Phone:Weekdays: Whangarei Heads School: 09 434 0844
    or Aileen Ashman: 09 434 0561
    Postal:c/- Whangarei Heads School
    28 School Road
    RD 4
    Whangarei 0174

Whangarei Heads School and Community Library has a special place in our community. It is a combination of two libraries in one with mutual benefit to each.

Positioning the library within the school grounds means that the school offers  security during school hours and the community can have access all day on school days. In the holidays and Saturdays the community operate the library, which in turn gives some security to the school.

Library services

The Whangarei Heads School provide books for children in the areas of:

  • picture books
  • advanced picture books
  • junior readers
  • intermediate age group
  • non fiction.

The Community collection includes:

  • adult fiction
  • adult non fiction
  • intermediate age group
  • large print
  • talking books
  • videos and DVDs
  • Government and local body information.

Additional services

  • book request service
  • internet connection
  • latest books
  • somewhere pleasant to sit and read
  • a great view
  • no late return fees, just a friendly phone call to remind you
  • computerized book issuing
  • a selection of talking books and large print books
  • monthly visits by Mobile Library - for dates and times see the Pataua South-Whangarei Heads Area on the Rural Tmetable on this website.


Membership is free to all community members. Enrolment forms are available at the Library. School children are automatically enrolled as individuals when they enrol in the school.

  • adults may borrow up to 8 books at a time
  • children may borrow 3 books at a time.


The Whangarei Heads community was originally served by the National       Library Service with books available from the 'This ‘n’ That' shop at McLeod Bay. In 1985 an old church building was donated to the Whangarei Heads School by Mr and Mrs Edwards of Waikaraka for use as a library.

In 1987 due to the National Library Service withdrawing it’s service, the community library combined with the school library. This new combined library opened in April 1988 with the community library occupying the top shelves.

Quickly the building became too small for both the school and community, so an ASB grant was obtained and the library extended. Now the school use the original part of the building and the community use the addition.

Funding for the Library is through:

  • Whangarei District Council grants
  • fundraising within the community
  • Funky Fish Competition fish auction
  • sale of surplus books
  • various grants.


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