Colin Wheeler: an empty street in Oamaru

Art Historian Dr Warren Feeney has curated an exhibition to highlight his recent research into Colin Wheeler's painted street scenes of Oamaru, held in the Forrester Gallery collection.

Forrester Gallery
3 June 2017 to 30 July 2017

Want to improve your child's reading confidence and help them enjoy reading? Why not try reading to Ace, the Golden Lab?

"Gorgeous little museum" - Grace & Chris (Museum visitor book)

Trish Shirley, Mirror World, Oil on board, 2017.

Local artist and Steampunk enthusiast Trish Shirley has created a series of portraits of other Steampunk enthusiasts and participants of the annual Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru.

Forrester Gallery
3 June 2017 to 30 July 2017

The New Zealand Guitar Quartet comprises four uniquely accomplished guitarists who bring an infectious energy to the concert stage.

Oamaru Opera House
13 July 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)

Winter Holiday Programme

Monday to Friday 17 - 21 July, 11am to 3pm
Winter Drop in Holiday Programme at the wonderlab!

Forrester Gallery
17 July 2017 - 11:00am to 21 July 2017 - 3:00pm
Chinese Textiles: Chloe Searle

Join Curator Chloe Searle as she talks about the beautiful Chinese textiles currently on display at the Forrester Gallery and the fascinating stories of how they came to be in North Otago.

Forrester Gallery
6 July 2017 - 5:30pm

​In 2019 a new cultural facility will open its doors to the community and visitors to our district. To create the new facility, we plan to redevelop the current Forrester Gallery. 

"There are many moments in the day when I wish time could stand still and I could take the girls out of school and just hang out, with daily visits to the library"
Jan (email comment)

Exciting times for library | Otago Daily Times Online News Otago Daily Times - The Oamaru Public Library manager, Philip van Zijl

Philip Van Zijl, Waitaki District Libraries' Manager, talks about the Oamaru Public Library and why it had to change.


Do you love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Come along to the BookChat group at Palmerston Library! We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.

Top Ten: New Zealand Fiction

Books are not ranked in any particular order

Riveting Read: The Iron Trial

This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.

Her current read is ‘The Iron Trial’ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

We have moved some of our most exciting collection items from our permanent gallery space (now closed) to our temporary gallery.

North Otago Museum
3 May 2016 to 30 June 2017

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)