Whangārei Central Library | Wānanga Whakatupu Mātauranga

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Located in the centre of Whangārei, behind the Old Library building, Whangārei Central Library offers a wide range of services including activities and events for all ages, adult learning classes, study spaces, a Justice of the Peace on Saturday mornings and the No.7 Espresso Café.

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COVID-19 services updates

Alert Level 2

Whangārei Central Library is open with limited services.

Entry conditions

  • Contact tracing registration - using the NZ COVID Tracer QR code or sign the register.
  • Wear a face covering and use hand sanitiser.
  • Keep a 2-metre distance from other people and library staff.
  • Limit your visit to 30 minutes maximum.
  • If you feel unwell, please do not enter the library.
  • Be kind to library staff and others.
  • Due to the mandatory Level 2 guidelines above we are not able to admit groups of school children into the library after school.
    Children are more than welcome to come into the library if accompanied by an adult.


  • Limited public computers - there is a booking system in place using My Monitor and they are time-limited to 30 minutes.
    My Monitor
  • Children's programmes and events at our libraries are cancelled until further notice.
  • Meeting rooms: The Leonard Room and the May Bain Room are closed until further notice.
  • Saturday JP Service is suspended until further notice.

Meeting Rooms

There are two meeting rooms available for hire to community groups, businesses and individuals:

The May Bain Room

Situated on the first floor of the library, this room can seat a maximum of 40 people and contains an audiovisual system.

The Leonard Room

Located on the ground floor of the library, this small room can seat a maximum of 8 people.

This room is not soundproof, and has no audiovisual facilities.

More information about meeting rooms.

Māori Room

The Māori Room collection on the first floor, includes items for lending and reference: books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, microfiche and sound recordings plus the Tai Tokerau Māori Land Court Minute Books.

Audiovisual resources in this collection are free to borrow.

More information about Māori services.

Genealogy Room

The Genealogy Room on the first floor, contains dedicated computers for free access to family research websites such as Ancestry.com. There are also extensive records, including electoral roles, reference books as well as newspapers, births, deaths and marriages on microfiche and microfilm.

Genealogy volunteers and members of the Whangārei 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 3:00pm
  • 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.

More information about family history services

Northland Room

The Northland Room on the first floor, is adjacent to the Genealogy Room and contains reference only heritage material relating to the Northland area including books, magazines, newspapers, local authority records, photographs and audiovisual media.

Please ask for entry at the Information desk on the first floor.

More information about the Northland Room

New Zealand Room

In the New Zealand Room on the first floor, you will find a lending and reference only collection of New Zealand books, both fiction and non-fiction, selected New Zealand magazines, maps, historical government documents and audiovisual material.

More information about New Zealand Room resources




5 Rust Avenue, Whangārei 0110  View Map

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