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Whangarei Central Library

Information about Whangarei Central Library - Wānanga Whakatupu Mātauranga.
Updated: 20/10/2021 10:05 a.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 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm
    Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm
    Labour Day Monday 25 October: Closed

    Contact us

    Phone:+64 9 430 4206

Covid-19 Alert Level 2

Whangarei Central Library will reopen on Wednesday 20 October with limited services.

More information: Covid-19 Updates


What you will find in the library

View Whangarei Central Library layout map [163KB]

Information Desks

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

No.7 Espresso Café

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

  • Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturdays 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Sundays 10:00am to 1:00pm. 

Computers and Internet

There are computers available free of charge for using the Internet, email or Microsoft Office applications, e.g. word processing or spreadsheets. Printing facilities are also provided. Our librarians can help you with the basics of using these computers.

E-Learning Centre

Computers are available 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.

Free Wifi

Select Library in the list of available wireless networks on your device.

This Wifi service is only available during library opening hours.

Photocopy Services

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

Newspapers and Magazines

The current month’s hard copies of The Northern Advocate and The New Zealand Herald are provided. Use our dedicated computers to read online current issues of major national and international newspapers and magazines through Press Reader and RBdigital.

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

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.

Genealogy Room

Genealogy assistance is suspended until further notice.

Genealogy volunteers and members of 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 10:00am to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Thursday 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Friday 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm

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 Rooms

The rooms are closed until further notice.

May Bain Room - max 40 people.

Leonard Room - max 8 people.  

These rooms are available for hire to community groups, businesses and individuals, during library opening hours.

JP Services in the library

A Justice of the Peace is at the library on Saturday mornings, 9.30am to 12:00pm.



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