What's on

  • Summer Reading for Kids

    Open to children up to age 16. Pick up your card from District Libraries from December 16 2019; Return by January 24 2020

    2 December 2019 - 11:30am to 25 January 2020 - 11:30am
  • Want to be a Shark Spy?

    Join us at the Ōamaru for a talk by Aless Smith and Rob Lewis

    Ōamaru Library
    10 February 2020 - 6:00pm
  • Seals of Seaweek

    Otago University Masters student Giverny Forbes will enlighten us about leopard seals in New Zealand, introduce us to some of the new locals of North Otago, and tell us how to get along with them.

    Oamaru Public Library
    4 March 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Scrabble Club

Like to play Scrabble?

We play basic scrabble in an easy going informal friendly group, so please come along and have a go.

Every Tuesday 1pm-3pm at the Oamaru Library

Justice of the Peace

A justice of the Peace will be a the Ōamaru Library every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm

Christmas: A JP will be available on Monday 23rd December from 11am to 1pm

Picture of a variety of digital devices


Got a computer or smartphone? Want to use it for life, hobbies, family or work? Stepping UP free computer classes are for you!


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!

Love Reading? Why not join our Young Adult Book Chat?


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.

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

Genealogy Help

Interested to know more about your family? Join others and learn from the experts.

Learn how to record family information.

Need help researching your ancestors?

Kids Book Club

Love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Love knitting and crochet? Come along to Knitting Group at the Palmerston Library! We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 10-1pm.

Want to improve your child's reading confidence and help them enjoy reading? Why not try reading to Ace, the Golden Lab?

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.

Toddler Time

Stories and music for preschoolers and parents/caregivers. Come along to our fun, free sessions at Ōamaru Library, every Thursday from 10:45-11:15am.

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.