Library - Frequently Asked Questions

Here's a selection of our most frequently asked questions.

How do I become a member of Thames-Coromandel District Libraries?

It's super simple, and you can join up right now! For more information go to our Join The Library page.

What is the standard loan period?

In a nutshell, one week for DVDs and magazines - and three weeks for all other items (books, talking books, children's items). Full details are on our Loan Periods and Charge page.

How many items can I borrow at once?

You can have up to 20 items out on your card.

How do I renew a book?

You can renew your books online, by logging into your library account via our online catalogue. Click the 'log in' button in the top right corner, and enter your library card number and password. Once you're logged in, click on 'My Account' and then choose the 'Checkouts' tab. Tick the items you'd like to renew, then click the 'renew' button.

Items can also be renewed using the TCDC Libraries app - download it onto your tablet or smartphone from your app store, then log in using your library account number and password. You'll see a list of items checked out to you in the in the menu on the right.

You can also renew by asking a staff member, sending us an email, or giving us a call with your library card number handy.

Be aware, you may not be able to renew some items; they may have been requested by another patron, reached their maximum renewal limit, or we may just need to confirm with you that you're willing to renew an item that costs to borrow.



How do I reserve a book?

You can either ask a staff member to do it for you, or you can do it yourself online, by logging into your library account via our online catalogue.

Click the 'log in' button in the top right corner, and enter your library card number and password.Once you're logged in, search for the item you'd like to reserve and click 'Place Hold.' Select the library branch you would like to pick the item up from in the drop-down menu. Be aware that not all of the items in the catalogue can be placed on hold - check out some of the FAQs further down this page if you reservation isn't going through.

Once your hold is placed, you can check on it by clicking on 'My Account' and then choosing the 'Holds' tab. You'll be able to see what you've reserved and your place in the holds queue.

Reserves cost $1 each for adult and teen items. Children's items are free to reserve.

How can I return a book?

During library opening hours return items to the returns counter inside any of the three libraries. When the libraries are closed, return items through the after-hours returns facilities at any of the three libraries.

How much is it to rent a DVD?

$2.50 for one week. This includes adults' and children's DVD sets with multiple discs inside one case.

While you're browsing, you may find a few DVDs with 'no charge' stickers on the cover. These have been donated by some of our generous patrons. These DVDs are free to borrow for one week.

I have a fine to pay! How can I pay it?

You can pay in person at your library (we take cash and EFTPOS, but not credit cards), or you can pay via internet banking - there's more information about TCDC's internet banking details here. The key thing to remember if you pay by internet banking is to send us a quick email and let us know to look out for your payment - this helps us work with our Finance team to quickly match your payment up to your library account.

You can read about our loan periods and charges here.

Do you have computers for the public to use?

Yes, all the district libraries provide free Chrome Books and Chrome Stations through APNK. Each person is allowed to use a library computer for half an hour per day; if you think you'll need longer than half an hour (to complete a CV or fill in a tax return, for example), please ask a library staff member for a time extension before your session begins.

How do I report a lost library card?

Contact us immediately. We can issue a free replacement card.

How do I find out about programmes / events at the library?

Sign up for our monthly Library eNewsletters here or check the events calendar on our homepage.

How do I find out if the library has a specific book?

Access our online Catalogue right here!

Can I access the library catalogue from a smart phone or tablet?

Yes! Our app is called TCDC Libraries and it's available for Android and Apple devices. Manage your account, search the catalogue, renew and reserve books. TCDC Libraries also has a handy ISBN scanning function - no more impulse-buying at the book shops; simply scan the bar code and see if the library has a copy you can borrow.

TCDC Libraries replaces our previous app, Kotui Bookmyne. 


How do I check my library account? Can I renew items or place holds online?

Yes! Log into your account via our online catalogue right here! Click the 'Log In' button in the top right corner. You'll need your library card user ID (that's the number under the barcode on the back of your library card) and your password.

You can also check your account with the TCDC Libraries app.

What if the library doesn't have the book I want?

If it's not available in our collections in Tairua, Mercury Bay or Thames, and we can't borrow it from the Community Libraries we work with in Whangamata or Coromandel Town, the next option is to try the nationwide Inter-library loan loan network.

Our interloan service allows you to borrow books from other libraries around New Zealand. Interloans start from $6.00 per item, and you'll need to fill in a short form at one of our libraries. You can look up the thousands of books available to you nationwide through our interloan service on Te Puna's catalogue.



Does the Library do photocopying?

A photocopier is available. The cost is 20 cents per page (black and white) for an A4 or $1.00 for black and white A3. A4 colour is $1.00, or $2.00 for A3 colour.Staff can help you though.

How do I know when my items are due back?

Use our catalogue or our app to check your library account online. You'll need to log in to your account using your library card number and your PIN.

You can also choose to take home a printed receipt when you check your items out, or we can email the receipt to you.

Three days before your items are due back, we can send you a reminder by email - please let us know what your email address is if you'd like to sign up for this service.

Can I borrow books from other libraries?

Yes! Thames Library, Mercury Bay Library and Tairua Library are all branches of Thames-Coromandel District Libraries, so your card can be used in all three libraries.

There are two types of libraries on the Coromandel Peninsula: District Libraries (that's us!) and Community Libraries.

You'll see books in our online catalogue which belong to Whangamata, Coromandel Town and Pauanui Community Libraries. These are volunteer-run libraries which are not part of our District Libraries network, and therefore have different rules to us.

Pauanui Community Library do not lend to District Libraries members.

Whangamata Community Library will allow books that are not part of their Pay collections to be reserved by District Libraries members; all you need to do is reserve your book to pick up at your local District Library branch. Please be aware that you cannot reserve items to pick up at Whangamata using your District Libraries card - Whangamata Community Library can only issue books to their own members.

Coromandel Community Library will allow books that are not part of their New Book collections to be reserved by District Libraries members; all you need to do is reserve your book to pick up at your local District Library branch. You can also return your District Libraries books to Coromandel Community Library when you're done with them - they'll be removed from your District Libraries account and sent back to us. Please be aware that you cannot reserve items to pick up at Coromandel using your District Libraries card - Coromandel Community Library can only issue books to their own members.

You are, of course, welcome to have memberships at multiple libraries at once; find out more about the peninsula's Community Libraries here.

Library cards from other councils (like Auckland City or Hauraki District, for example) do not work in our district. But you're welcome to join us - it's free to join, and you don't need to live on the Coromandel to sign up.

You can also interloan items from other libraries around New Zealand for a charge of $6.00. See 'What if the library doesn't have the book I want?' above.

Can I recommend the library buys a book?

Absolutely! Most of the time, (though not every time) we buy books you recommend. Use our Suggestion for Purchase Online Form to make a recommendation.

What are the debt collection fees?

The Library adds a $10 non-refundable debt administration fee at the time of referring the debt to a collection agency. After that, all charges incurred in the recovery of a debt are added to the total and are paid by the debtor.

What is available on the Library computers?

Our APNK Chrome Books and Chrome Stations provide access to:

  • The Library Catalogue 
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Internet (a few sites are blocked) 
  • Google apps such as Gmail, Docs, YouTube, and more. You'll need an account with Google to access them.
  • Shortcuts to Microsoft apps such as Word, Outlook, OneDriveand more. You'll need an account with Microsoft to access them.
  • USB ports
  • Our printer - it costs $0.20 to print in black and white, and $1.00 to print in colour

If you need help using the computers, let our staff know. In Thames, you can book a one-on-one session with a technology expert.

Is Wi-Fi available in the library?

Yes. You can use your laptop or smartphone to access the libraries' APNK free Wi-Fi network. This works just outside of our buildings as well as inside the libraries.

Do you have meeting rooms I can hire?

Yes, we have a meeting room at Thames Library (the Carnegie Room). The room has chairs, tables, curtains for privacy, a white board, access to a projector on request, and a kitchenette. It's free to hire if you're a non-profit group. For commercial users, we charge $25.00 per half day and $40.00 for a full day. Contact Thames Library directly to book.

I can't make it to the library any more. What can I do now?

Our Home Delivery service delivers hand-picked books and audiobooks directly to our clients who cannot visit us in person. Volunteers will visit you regularly at home, with a selection of library books to suit your tastes and needs. Contact your local library to find out about signing up to receive this service.