Book Launch: Local author Christine Carrell's “Harvest”

Harvest is a social history which chronicles changes in New Zealand life from the 1930s to 1970s.
It relates the struggle between tradition and change.

Oamaru Library
29 May 2018 - 6:00pm

The Filipino culture and arts will be presented live on 9 June 2018 at the prestigious Oamaru Opera House, in collaboration with the Waitaki Multicultural Council and with special guest Joseph Balf

Oamaru Opera House
9 June 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others?

Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, keep warm this winter and indulge your passion in puzzling.

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

Above the Long White Cloud : Whites Aviation Ltd

In 1945 Leo White combined his love of photography and flying to establish Whites Aviation, a company that went on to change the way many New Zealanders saw the land in which they lived.

Forrester Gallery
9 June 2018 to 22 July 2018
Tea cosy display at the Oamaru Opera House

A selection of tea cosies from the collection of the North Otago Museum is currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.

What Staff are Reading

Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!

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 31 October 2018
The Print Laboratory welcomes: The News Network  #2

In this exhibition Print artists from Australia and New Zealand explore current debate in modern news media about global events and conflicts and how these might be re-presented in contemporary fin

Forrester Gallery
21 April 2018 to 4 June 2018
Detail of NOM 2017/138 made for Maritza Boutique

May 18 is International Museum Day.

Ryan Moore : Griptape and a can of paint

Portraits created by local artist Ryan Moore, on display in the Community Gallery. A self-taught artist, Moore has developed and refined his craft over 20 years painting on skateboards.

Forrester Gallery
2 June 2018 to 29 July 2018
Perry Family donation, Waitaki District Archive 2017-206

The Perry family have had a long and remarkable association with North Otago.

Mental Illness in Fiction

What is the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath? Why do traumatised people behave the way they do? What is the difference between being depressed and feeling depressed?

Oamaru Library
14 June 2018 - 6:00pm

"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)


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.

From Musical Theatre Oamaru...

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Oamaru Opera House
13 July 2018 - 7:30pm to 21 July 2018 - 10:30pm
New Zealand Music Month 2018

Come and celebrate New Zealand Music Month at the Oamaru Library with lunch time performances:

Oamaru Library
1 May 2018 - 9:30am to 31 May 2018 - 5:30pm
North Otago Creative Fibre

Come and meet members of the North Otago Creative Fibre group at the Oamaru Public Library…

Oamaru Library
9 June 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Wriggle and Rhyme

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

It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House.

Our Built Heritage

A multi-faceted exhibition about place and the heritage buildings of Oamaru. View artworks and architectural drawings from our collection.

Forrester Gallery
17 March 2018 to 30 November 2018
Book launch: Penguins under the Porch

David Harbourne’s memoir includes a quirky, hilarious, anecdotal “ode” to Oamaru.
He believes that Oamaru is the jewel in New Zealand’s crown.

Oamaru Library
31 May 2018 - 6:00pm

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

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library!
Ages 7 and up. Limited places available.

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

Sprocket & Gear: Elements of Steampunk

The wonderlab presents Sprocket & Gear: Elements of Steampunk

Forrester Gallery
17 March 2018 to 4 June 2018