Whanganui District Library
Vast repository of information!
The Whanganui District library, located in Queens Park, is the main community library in Whanganui. As well as the main library there are several other libraries in the region. See the map below for their locations. The Whanganui Library offers free wifi, great coffee with a selection of yummy biscuits, toilets, and free internet access through the Aotearoa People’s Network.
Whanganui District Library and other libraries hours:
• The Whanganui District Library at Queens Park. Opening hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri – 09:30am – 8:00pm; Tue, Wed – 09:30am – 6:00pm; Saturday – 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday – 10:00am – 3:00pm. Phone +64 6 349 1000.
• The Alexander Heritage and Research Library (where the nationally-renowned Wanganui Collection is housed, along with the Lovegrove Military Archive) – located in Queens Park. Opening hours: Mon – Fri – 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
• Gonville Cafe Library – see opening hours below.
• The Mobile Library, serving schools, rest homes, suburban and rural communities is on the road for more than 40 hours weekly, with more than 30 scheduled stops.
• The Suzanne Aubert Library at St Joseph’s Church, Jerusalem. It is open on request at the Convent. Phone +64 6 342 8190. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library service are provided via the central library – the ‘ Davis’ at Queens Park; The Alexander Heritage and Research Library (where the nationally-renowned Wanganui Collection is housed, along with the Lovegrove Military Archive) which is operating in a temporary location at 60 Ridgway Street while earthquake strengthening is done on the Queens Park building. A suburban cafe library – ‘Gonville Cafe Library’ in the Gonville Centre, Abbot Street. The Suzanne Aubert Library at Jerusalem. A Mobile Library, serving schools, rest homes, suburban and rural communities. See the map below for locations of all our Libraries!
The library also offers other services such as a mobile library which ensures that the library is always out there, offering the best service possible to everyone in the District.
Libraries are a vast repository of information and complementary professional services are offered to ensure best use can be made of these resources. Library services are provided to respond to the literacy, recreational, information, learning and cultural needs of the community. Early childhood literacy programmes: Pukapukapepe (for parents and newborns);Tusitala (story-telling and activity programme for preschoolers) is also available. Programmes of regular visits for Kohanga Reo, primary schools, Kura Kaupapa. ‘Leap Ahead!’ a dynamic support collection for emergent readers. ‘Te Taurawhiri’ Maori resource collection – includes books, magazines, videos, CDs, CD-ROM and whakapapa research resources. A unique, in-depth collection of Heritage Material for Whanganui and New Zealand, including substantial 19th century holdings.
High interest DVD, CD-ROM, video and CD lending collections. International, national and local newspapers, and a leading-edge, contemporary magazine collection. Expert information advice and search facilities, including a comprehensive reference collection and support for homework, and public Internet access. Dial-the-News facility for those who are sight-impaired.Dynamic collections of children’s, teenage and adult novels, and excellent coverage of all areas of community and lifestyle information.
Public Libraries In Whanganui
Hungry for Info
The Whanganui District Library has over 120,000 items including books, magazines, CDs, Games, DVDs, and audiobooks for your information and pleasure.
The Whanganui Library offers 24 hour free wifi for your use.
Three is good
There are three public libraries in Whanganui, the ‘main’ Davis Library, a research library and a cafe library!
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