Library Services and Collections

From the lastest best-selling fiction novels, through special New Zealand non-fiction works, movies and TV shows, to children's board books—you'll find something for everyone at your local library, And if you can't find exactly what you need, maybe our librarians can: our reserves and interloan services expand your horizons even further.

Our collections include:

  • Reference materials
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Local history
  • Adult fiction & non-fiction
  • Large print fiction & non-fiction
  • Biographies
  • Audio Books
  • DVDs
  • Parenting materials
  • Specialised children's and teens' fiction and non-fiction.

Fiction

Our fresh fiction collection holds novels across all genres and hosts a wide range of New Zealand authors.

Loan period:
Three weeks

Renewal:
Yes, if the item is not on request

Rental Fee:
$2.50 applies to new fiction only


Non-Fiction

Our vibrant non-fiction collection covers a wide range of topics including hobbies, educational resources, Maori and more.

Loan Period:
Three weeks

Renewal:
Yes, if the item is not on request

Rental Fee:
No rental change


Biography

From royalty to reality TV stars and everything in between, our biography collection has something for everyone. Discover these fascinating real life stories.

Loan Period:
Three weeks

Renewal:
Yes, if the item is not on request

Rental Fee:
No rental change


Large Print

Our large print collection holds fiction, biography and non-fiction. We have a variety of new Large Print stock arriving each month.

Loan Period:
Three weeks

Renewal:
Yes, if the item is not on request

Rental Fee:
No rental change


Audio Books

Library Collection:

We own an array of talking books including both fiction and non-fiction titles. This collection is fresh and new items are being added monthly.

Loan Period:
Three weeks

Renewal:
Yes, if the item is not on request

Rental Fee:
$2.50 applies to general borrowers BUT no charge to those who are print disabled


National Library Audio Book Collection

The National Library of New Zealand supplements our own Audio Book collection by supplying us with a variety of talking books every three months. These audio books are supplied for those who are print disabled only.

Loan Period:
Three weeks

Renewal:
Yes, if available and not on request or due back at the National Library.

Rental Fee:
Free rental only for those who are print disabled only


DVDs

Blockbusters, TV shows, documentaries and more! Check out our exhilarating DVD collection. 

Loan Period: 
One week

Renewal:
Yes, if available and not on request

Rental Fee:
$2.50 per week


Magazines

Up to the minute magazines! From art and history, to cooking and craft, to lifestyle and fashion. We have over 45 titles to stimulate you.

Loan Period:
One week

Renewal:
Yes, if available and not on request

Rental Fee:
 $1.00 per week


Reference

  • Encyclopedias and yearbooks
  • Language, biographical and other dictionaries
  • New Zealand electoral rolls
  • Atlases and city street directories
  • Council, Government and Environment Waikato publications
  • Coin and stamp catalogues
  • Statistics and census results
  • Medical information

Reference items cannot be borrowed. They are shelved with the general non-fiction and can be freely browsed within the library.


Closed Reference (Thames Library only)

  • Frequently-requested reference books, including the New Zealand Road Code
  • Thames history books
  • Hauraki history books
  • New Zealand history books
  • Burial records
  • Local newspaper indexes
  • Local photographs

Closed reference items cannot be borrowed. Please ask at the desk, and a staff member will retrive the item you're looking for.


Archives (Thames Library only)

  • Old Thames maps, photographs, anniversary booklets and ephemera
  • Scrapbooks and memories from some major Thames events and celebrations, including the 1993 Suffrage centennial and the centennial celebrations for  the Thames gold rush and the Thames Borough Council in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1902
  • School rolls, including some years for Parawai School and Thames South School
  • Books on Thames and New Zealand history

Archive items cannot be borrowed. Please ask at the desk, and a staff member will retrive the item you're looking for.


Interloans

Still can't find what you're looking for? If the item you want is not in our collection, you can request it from us as an inter-library loan, and we'll source it from another New Zealand library for you. Interloans start from $6.00 per item, and you'll need to fill in an interloan form at one of our libraries. You can search the Te Puna catalogue to see which books are held at libraries around New Zealand.

Remember, if you're looking for something that's brand new or hasn't been released yet, you can always suggest it for us to purchase.