​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. 

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)

Te Heke: Film by Bronwyn Judge

This film records the journey of Te Maihāroa whānau and friends, in summer 2016 as they retraced the footsteps of their Pōua Great Grandfather and prophet Te Maihāroa, to celebrate 139 years since

Forrester Gallery
5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017

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

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 September 2017
Family History Month

Who do you think you are? Planning to research your family tree? Want to trace that elusive family member? Find out from experienced genealogists!

Oamaru Library
23 August 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Wānaka - Learning in the Dark: Moana Tipa

This exhibition features three bodies of work by two generations of art-makers; dealing with landlessness and the outcome of philosophies of political theorist John Locke.

Forrester Gallery
5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017
Shaping our Story, CFDP Update

Jane Macknight, Director of the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive invites you to join her and the team for an update about the Cultural Facility Development Project

Forrester Gallery
22 August 2017 - 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)

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.

Bore to the Aquifer, 2017, oil on panel, 585x630mm

Grant Whibley is an artist and teacher. Whibley was born in Tokoroa and raised in Whakatane.

Forrester Gallery
5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017

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

Top Ten: New Zealand Fiction

Books are not ranked in any particular order

Wriggle and Rhyme

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


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.

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