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 a free internet access at the Oamaru, Palmerston, Hampden 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.

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

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-5:30pm Thursday 10:00am-5:30pm Saturday 10:00am-12:30pm

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 8.30am-5.00pm Thursday 8.30am-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-Wednesday & Friday 12.30pm-3.30pm, Thursday 1:00pm-3:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm

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 10.00am-12.00pm, Thursday 2.00-4.00pm, Friday 5.00-7.00pm, Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm.

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 10.30am-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 9:00-10:00am.