Our libraries and the COVID-19 Protection Framework

The Coromandel Peninsula is currently at Orange

Thames-Coromandel District Libraries are open during our usual hours under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.


Key points when visiting are:

  • If you are sick, stay at home. Please contact us if you need a hand to manage your library account.
  • Keep physically distanced wherever possible.
  • Face masks are mandatory for those aged 12 and over.
  • We encourage you to reserve items using our online catalogue.  We’ll notify you when items are available for collection.


  • The Justice of the Peace service desk will still operate within Red and Orange Traffic Light guidelines, at Thames Library. This service has been suspended at Tairua Library. If you need a JP elsewhere or at other times, check the national Justice of the Peace website:

Other ways to access our collections:

  • Our contactless Home Delivery Service is available for borrowers in Thames, Whitanga and Tairua who cannot visit us in person. Please get in touch with your local library to sign up for this service.
  • We offer Click and Collect (or Call and Collect) at all three of our District Libraries. Reserve items online, or call us and ask for our team to make a selection for you. Get in touch with your local library to arrange a pick up time.
  • Use your library card to access our online collections, including e-books and e-audio on ePlatform by Wheelers, and newspapers and magazines via PressReader. New members are welcome to sign up online for a Digital-Only library membership, and dive straight into our online collections.


Potential disruption of library services due to Omicron

Like many other organisations, Thames-Coromandel District Libraries are preparing for how widespread community transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 might affect our services, service delivery, workforce and customers.

Our libraries are open during our regular hours with the health and safety protocols under the Orange traffic light setting, but as the Omicron outbreak spreads it could affect our services at short notice.

The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and services may be pared back or changed, or we may need to close.

Potential service changes

  • You may be required to present your Vaccine Pass when entering the library. This change will be triggered by information from Waikato DHB and Thames-Coromandel District Council: https://www.tcdc.govt.nz/covid-19
  • Some libraries may shift to contactless services only. This will be due to staff shortages, and may happen at short notice. Staff will be available at the door to help you pick up requests, select library items for you, and support you with printing requests.
  • Some libraries may not have sufficient staff to open at all if staff are unwell or need to isolate.
  • Some libraries may close temporarily for sanitising.

Service updates

To find out about your local library’s services, keep an eye on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tcdclibraries/ or call TCDC customer service 07 868 0200.

Items being transferred between libraries may take longer than normal or we may have to pause circulation of items between libraries due to logistic challenges.

Contactless services

Services at the door will be:

  • Request pick up
  • Phone/Click and Collect
  • Free WiFi outside the building

We appreciate your understanding and kindness.

Visit Thames-Coromandel District Council's COVID-19 page.

 You can read more about the COVID-19 Protection Framework here.