What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Embroidery sample

    On Tuesday the 10th of December, from 10 - 12.30pm, the Embroiders' Guild will be visiting the Oamaru Public Library.

    Oamaru Public Library
    10 December 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale

    Love books?

    The Friends of the Library will be selling ex library materials outside the Oamaru Library Friday 29th November and 6th, 13th & 20th December at 11am-2pm

    Oamaru Library
    29 November 2019 - 11:00am to 20 December 2019 - 2:00pm
  • Food for Fines

    Got fines? The Ōamaru and Palmerston Library is having an amnesty for fines in December 2019. Bring in cans of food and in exchange we will wipe you fines.

    Ōamaru and Palmerston Library
    2 December 2019 - 9:30am to 31 December 2019 - 5:30pm
  • 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



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!


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.

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?

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

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 Oamaru 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.


  • Image: artwork by pupils from Weston School 2018 (age group years 6 and 7)

    The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment. Named to honour George Burns, an Oamaru born journalist with a passion for children’s’ art, it was his belief that “Art is not a luxury.

    31 August 2019 to 31 December 2019
  • Graphic concepts for the Our Land theme in the new museum displays

    You might have noticed all the building work happening around the Museum. Most of this work is readying the main display space for our new displays.

    North Otago Museum
    1 August 2019 to 1 March 2020