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Carterton District Library - More than just a place to find books...

We have a wide range of resources available, including picture books, large print novels, DVDs, audiobooks, games and jigsaws. Click here to view our online catalogue.

Access to computers and internet

Become a library member and enjoy the use of our Chromebooks with free internet access. We also provide low cost printing. Click here to view our online resources.

A dedicated space for young readers and families

We offer a comprehensive maths, reading or activity programme in each of the school holidays aimed at school aged children. Click here to view all our kids’ resources

Stay up to date with the latest magazines

We have around 50 different titles on hand covering topics from home and garden to the latest music. Click here to view our range.

A chill out zone for teens

Jump online to our Wairarapa Library Service website to access ‘Teen Zone’ – a one stop shop for everything from learning the road code, to homework tips, career information and local activities. Click here to view.

Find your next literary adventure

Come and talk to our librarians about your reading interests. With over 30,064 books to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Click here to view our newest books.

Te reo Māori collection

Looking for books in te reo Māori? Come in and see our range of adults and children’s books available. For our online te reo resources, click here

Join one of our clubs or challenges

For information on book clubs and social clubs, click here or contact our friendly library staff to sign up for the 2020 reading challenge. It’s never too late to start!

Carterton District Library

A very warm welcome awaits you in Carterton District Library where the staff pride themselves
on their excellent customer service.  Our mission is to 65811562 899113820438306 6112477213762781184 Odeliver a comprehensive professional service that is consistent, equitable and user friendly.

We operate out of a beautifully restored Category 2 historic building – possibly the oldest operating public library in its original building in New Zealand.

For opening hours and contact information click here, or visit our website 

Joining is free!

Did you know you can join online? Membership is free, even if you don’t live in Carterton. We have a new app that you can download and use instead of your card, renew your books, search the catalogue, place holds and much, much more.

For those who prefer e-books or audiobooks, you can download them for free from ePUKAPUKA with a digital membership.

The library catalogue is also available online at where you can request books from any of the four WLS libraries. There are also links on are website to other sites of interest such as ‘Kids’ Spot, ‘Teen Zone’ and ‘Fully Grown Ups’ as well as ‘how to’ guides and details of events taking place in the library.

What else is happening at the library?

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New activities, competitions and events take place throughout the year – Minecraft club, beginners, painting classes, coding clubs are just a few we have run.

We also offer a comprehensive maths, reading or activity programme in each of the school holidays. These are aimed at school aged children and are designed to keep them engaged with learning, especially during the long summer break. The children love the incentives they get from these programmes, and our library staff love hearing about the books they have read!

We work with local schools, which means places in these programmes are taken up quickly, so make sure you register as soon as you see them advertised in your school newsletters, or contact the library to be added to our email list.

You can stay up to date with everything going on at the library by liking our Facebook page

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Help getting to the library

Contact us and we can organise a delivery of books to your home on a temporary or permanent basis for those with mobility issues.

Any questions?

Our friendly library staff are always happy to help with any question or request you may have, so just call in and ask!

Toy Library

The Carterton Toy Library is integrated into the library to enable easy access to toys and books for families with young children,

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Plunket Rooms

The Ron Wakelin wing houses the Plunket rooms, which open out on to a fenced outdoor play area.

Families with young children can easily combine Plunket visits with visits to the library and toy library. Contact the Events Centre team today for more information.