Visit Waitaki District Libraries

Waitaki Libraries is your place to relax, enjoy, think, and take your mind on a journey.
• We have a free lending collection and a small number of rental collections
• Library members can request an item from any of the libraries in the Waitaki District Libraries collective
• We offer free internet access at the Oamaru, Palmerston and Kurow libraries
• We run regular topical events and programmes including Wriggle and Rhyme: Active Movement for Early Learning for babies; storytime for toddlers; book chat for adults; guest speakers and author talks, school holiday programmes and more.

All libraries, unless otherwise stated, are CLOSED during Stat. Holidays.

Oamaru Public Library is located at 62 Thames Street, Oamaru.

Please note we are currently closed until further notice as part of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check out our what’s on and Facebook pages for updates. Staff are continuing to work behind the scenes and can still be contacted by phone or email.

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30 am -5.30 pm Thursday 10.00 am - 5.30 pm Saturday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Please note on Saturdays due to limited staff we may be unavailable to take your phone calls. Please leave a message on our answer phone and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Parking: Metered parking is available outside the Library, and there is free parking within walking distance There is a disabled car park in front of the library.

Palmerston Public Library is located in the Waihemo Service Centre, 54 Tiverton Street, Palmerston, which is also a service point for Waitaki District Council.

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30 am-5.00 pm Thursday 8.30 am-4.00 pm

Parking: Free parking is available at the Waihemo Centre

Kurow School & Community Library and Waitaki Valley School Library share the same building at Waitaki Valley School, Waitaki Valley School, Settlement Road, Kurow.

OPENING HOURS: Monday 1.00 - 3.30 pm, Tuesday 1.00 - 4.00 pm, Wednesday 1.00 - 4.00 and 7.00 - 8.30pm, Thursday 1.00 - 4.00pm, Friday 1.00 - 3.00 pm, Saturday 10.30 am -12.00 noon

Parking: Free parking is available outside the School

Hampden Community Library is located in the Hampden Hall on the Main Road.

OPENING HOURS: Monday 2.00 - 4.00pm, Wednesday 10.00-12.00, Thursday 2.00-4.00, Saturday 10-12pm.
(Trialing late nights on Fridays until Easter 5.00-7.00pm)

Parking: Free parking is available on the main road in front of the library.

Otematata Community Library is located in the Lakes Centre on West Road.

OPENING HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday 2.30-3.30pm Saturday 10.30 - 12.00pm

Parking: Free parking behind the Lakes Centre.

Omarama Community Library is located in the Omarama Community Hall, on the Main Road.

OPENING HOURS: Wednesday and Saturday 9am - 10am.