The Waitaki community has a tradition of being bold and fearless – The biennial Waitaki Arts Festival brings together a community of creators and innovators and features an extensive programme of v
Every year school students from around the Waitaki share their artistic talents with us.
"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)
Join artist Rachel Fenton in a series of Zine workshops. With a focus on sharing ideas through image and text. What is a Zine? Pronounced ‘zeen’, a zine is a small artistic handmade book.
"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)
Three of New Zealand’s most significant arts figures – Janet Frame, Douglas Lilburn and Colin McCahon – were all living and attending school in Oamaru in 1931.
Our enthusiastic Book Chat group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm at Oamaru Library. Come along to discuss your latest reads and get a sneak peek at our brand new books!
"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)
Two of New Zealand’s best-loved musicians – classical pianist Michael Houstoun and foremost jazz trombonist and big band leader Rodger Fox, bring their acclaimed concert series to Oamaru featuring
Explore our Collection The collection includes photographs, artworks, architectural drawings, natural history specimens, social history items and more.
"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)