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About Central Hawke's Bay District Libraries

Central Hawke’s Bay District Libraries consist of the Waipawa Library which is situated in a Council owned building in Waipawa and the Waipukurau Library which is situated in Kitchener St, Waipukurau. The buildings are operated and maintained under the Properties and Buildings activity.CHB Libraries

The library service offers access to a range of information resources and material for reading for pleasure and relaxation which includes various fiction and nonfiction collections, Maori non fiction collections, children and youth sections, magazines, large print, talking books, DVDs, interloans free broadband internet access/wifi through Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa and access to eBooks through the consortium NZLibs

The library service is a keen facilitator of community initiatives, the most successful being the the Eastern and Central Community Trust sponsored ECREAD’N reading programmes for children and youth as well as other sponsored events and relationships with schools, retirement homes and housebound residents

More than 50% of library users live outside Waipukurau and Waipawa.

Funding is derived from rates, rental of books, DVDs, and fund raising organised by library staff and the Friends of the Libraries.

The libraries provide venues/spaces where the Community can meet, read and study, use the APNK computers and wifi and provide an essential service for recreational information, and the cultural and educational needs of the Central Hawke’s Bay Community. The libraries also provide access to all the collections and services via the library website for browsing the catalogue, reserves, renewals and eBooks. time  Libraries continue to be open to all people of the community– virually without exception. They are available to people from all walks of life, ethnicity, age, gender, socio-economic status, education and skill.


Membership is free to all Central Hawke's Bay residents. A temporary membership is available for visitors which requires a bond.

Library Services

Books At Home

Our Books at Home service provides library material on a regular basis for people who, for reasons of ill health or disability, are unable to come to the library.

Fiction, non-fiction, large print and talking books, magazines and videos may all be borrowed through the service.

If you wish to join the Books at Home service please contact the libraries by phoning us on +64 6 857 8060.  You will be interviewed in your own home to find out your reading tastes, and to join you up if you are not already a library member.

You will need to phone the Waipukurau library or Waipawa Library on +64 6 -857 8060 for staff to bring your books to you. This service is free.


You can borrow ebooks from the Wheelers ebook site with your library card number and a pin number. You can access the ebook website here.


Books at any library in New Zealand can be obtained through our Interloan service. Charges apply. Please email us for any Interloan requests.

Reserves & Renewals

You can reserve or renew any CHB Library book that may be presently on loan via the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) or by telephoning the library staff.

With renewals, providing the book has not been requested by another borrower, an extension of time may be obtained by presenting the book at your library or phoning and requesting a renewal or you can renew your books online at the above link to the OPAC with your borrower number and a pin number. You can arrange to have a pin number loaded on your card by ringing the libraries.

Internet Access

Central Hawke's Bay District Libraries provide free computing and Internet access via the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa (APNK).

APNK desktop PCs are available for customer use and are installed with a range of software; Microsoft Word, Open Office, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Skype, Adobe Acrobat reader and other programs. Each APNK PC has a DVD and CD drive , USB ports, memory card slots, and a webcam. We no longer supply headsets but you are welcome to bring your own.

Free wifi access is also available at both Waipukurau and Waipawa Libraries 

Use of the computers is on a first come, first served basis. A limit of 30 minutes applies during busy times.

 Black and white, A4 printing is available from PCs and wifi at a small cost.

When you are using library computers you should not:

  • attempt to violate our computer system security
  • do anything illegal, infringe copyright or view offensive material.
  • disturb other people's use of the library

Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa reserves the right to prevent access to objectionable material.

Please read the CHB District Library Internet Policy.  Customers breaching the policy protocols may be banned from using library computers.


  • Access to GivUS and GivMe funding databases
  • Study areas
  • Display space
  • Community noticeboard
  • Tertiary Education information
  • Photocopying and Fax Services
  • Home Deliveries
  • Government publications
  • Telephone Books
  • Electoral Rolls
  • Jigsaws
  • Laminating Service    

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We have an ebook loan service for those of you with e-readers.

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