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Whangarei Central Library

Information about Whangarei Central Library.
Updated: 26/03/2015 4:40 p.m.
Picture of Whangarei Central Library.
  • 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei, New Zealand
    The Library is located behind the Old Library Community Arts Centre.

    Opening hours

    Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
    Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm
    Public Holidays: Closed

    Contact us

    Phone:+64 9 430 4206

What you will find in the Library

View Whangarei Central Library directory [119kb]

Information Desks

The Librarians at our Information Desks are always pleased to help you find items or information and to answer your questions.

Newspapers and Magazines

All major New Zealand dailies for current and previous month are provided. Use Press Display to read online current issues of major national and international newspapers and magazines.

The Northern Advocate from 1887 to present and other local newspapers are available in the Northland Room.

No.7 Espresso Cafe

Adjacent to the Newspapers and Magazines area on the ground floor.
The cafe is open:

  • 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays
  • 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays
  • 10 am to 1 pm Sundays

Art Lounge at the Library

Enjoy your coffee among displays of artefacts from the Whangarei Art Museum and Whangarei artists, photographers and crafts people.

Computers and Internet

There are computers available for a small fee for using the Internet, email or Microsoft Office applications, e.g. word processing or spreadsheets. Printing facilities are also provided. 
Our Librarians are happy to help you with the basics of using these computers.

E-Learning Centre
Computers are available free of charge for homework, writing a CV or career information. Ask at the Information desk for access to these computers.
The E-Learning Centre can be booked for group visits.


Available through either:

  • Northland WiFi - CBD WiFi
    Free for 30 minutes.
    When Northland WiFi welcome page opens, select Start Trial Now to connect to the Internet.
    You can buy more wifi time using a credit card:
    - $3 for 24 hours or 5,000MB of data traffic.
  • Spark Hotspot
    You will need to buy WiFi time using a credit card.
    - $10 per hour or 120mb, whichever is used up first.


More information about computers and internet services

Photocopy Services

There are 3 self service photocopiers in the Library which also provide a scanning facility to USB flash drives. 

Māori Room

The Maori Room collection includes items for lending and reference: books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, microfiche and sound recordings plus the Tai Tokerau Maori Land Court Minute Books.

Audio visual resources in this collection are free to borrow.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision - Medianet

Free access to the New Zealand Film Archive of Film, Television and Sound is available through Medianet, a computer based digital video resource. By simply pointing and clicking you can watch New Zealand made films about historical events to movie and TV entertainment.

Genealogy Room

Volunteers from the Whangarei branch of the New Zealand Genealogy Society, who are experts in the field are available to help you with your family research in the Genealogy Room during the following times:

  • Monday: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 4 pm 
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Births, deaths and marriages information is available on micro media while other resources are also provided.

Northland Room

Contains reference only material relating to the Northland area including books, magazines, newspapers, local authority records, photographs and oral history tapes. Please ask for entry at the Information Desk on the first floor.

New Zealand Room

Here you will find a historical collection of New Zealand books both fiction and non fiction, selected New Zealand magazines, maps, historical government documents and audio visual material.

Meeting Room - May Bain Room

A meeting room situated on the first floor available for hire to community groups, businesses and individuals. It can seat up to 50 people with audio visual facilities supplied if required.


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