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Website outages

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Our website will be experiencing an outage due to maintenance and updates on:
Friday 24 May, 8pm - Saturday 25 May, midday. Our website and online services will experience an outage due to a network upgrade from 8pm, Fri 24 May until around midday, Sat 25 May. This outage will affect our website and all online services & databases.Tuesday 28 May, 11.59pm - Wednesday 29 May, 3am. The library catalogue and the Auckland Libraries app will still be functional during this time. Our apologies for this inconvenience.

New guaranteed eBook selections

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Goodbye to eBook waitlists!

Auckland Libraries have just refreshed the titles introduced last May 2018 in our two ‘Guaranteed Available’ OverDrive collections, with the cream of last year’s crop and a whole swathe of new titles.

This service guarantees you immediate access to a selection of popular eBook titles - with no waiting for the reader ahead of you to return their copy!
Perfect for book clubsAre you a member of a book club?  The Book Clubs eBook collection contains acclaimed novels and quality non-fiction. It will hold a special attraction for book clubs who read the same book, as it guarantees every member a copy at the same time!

Check out literary fiction guaranteed to be available now.
Handy for travellersTravelling, preparing to travel - or just dreaming about it? Now you can borrow many of our fantastic Lonely Planet travel guides to top destinations, regardless of whether anyone else has already checked them out.

Start packing! Grab one of our Lonely Planet travel guides, gua…

Sāmoan Language Week 2019

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Fa’atāuaina o le Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa | Sāmoan Language Week 2019 | 26 Mē – 1 Iuni 2019
Tālofa lava! Afio mai!

Gagana Sāmoa is the second most spoken language in Auckland and third most spoken in New Zealand after te reo Māori and English. Sāmoan Language Week is an ideal opportunity to engage with aiga in your community. 

Join us at Auckland Libraries as we celebrate Sāmoan Language Week 2019! With our extensive range of Pasefika books, DVDs, picture books and events - come and experience the joy of Sāmoa at your local library!

This year's theme is Lalaga le si’osi’omaga mo se lumana’i manuia | Weave an environment for a better future.
Books about Sāmoan customs and culture
Tusi e fa’amatala ai tu ma aganuu Fa’a- Sāmoa
Auckland Libraries has a wide range of books on Sāmoan oratory tradition, history, genealogy, poetry and art of tatau available for borrowing and reference. You can also find books on social life, customs and culture!
Ask your local librarian for more information on th…

Books and Beyond: Four continents

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This week our librarians Karen, Louisa and Alison share what they're reading and take us with them to four continents. 

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
From Oceania Writing the Pacific: an anthology edited by Jen Webb and Kavita NandanMy name is Gary Cooper by Victor RodgerFrom IndiaGirls burn brighter by Shobha RaoThe ministry of utmost happiness by Arundhati RoyQ and A by Vikas SwarupFrom NigeriaEvery day is for the thief by Teju ColeKnown and strange things by Teju ColeLagos noir edited by Chris AbaniSong for night by Chris AbaniNollywood by Pieter Hugo (photographs); texts by Chris Abani, Stacy Hardy, Zina Saro-WiwaFrom SpainHer mother's hands by Karmele Jaio The dinner guest by Gabriela Ybarra
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays…

Onehunga Library closure

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Onehunga Library will be closed from Monday 3 June to Sunday 23 June for renovations.

Customers can look forward to seeing new carpet, furniture, layout changes and an air conditioning upgrade. 

During this time Onehunga Library customers should visit Mt Roskill Library, Māngere Bridge Library (or any of our 55 libraries) to browse, return or pick-up library items. You will be able to collect holds from Mt Roskill Library.

The returns slot will be closed during this time. Please return items to any of our other Auckland Libraries.

Queen's Birthday closures

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Most of our libraries will be closed on Queen's Birthday.
All libraries will be closed on Queen's Birthday, Monday 3 June 2019 with the exception of Botany Library and Te Manawa, which are open on Monday from 10am - 5.30pm.Mobile Libraries will not operate.
Looking for information or a relaxing read? Our online resources will be available 24/7, as usual.

Check out our website for eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and more!

Books and Beyond: Pulp fiction

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This week Alison and Karen (aka Hunny Bunny and Pumpkin) celebrate Pulp Fiction, the cheap, disreputable paperbacks which eventually became cult classics, and its heirs: suspense, hardboiled crime, and noir.

Listen to this week's episode on the PlanetFM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
Books mentioned:Desert of the heart by Jane RuleDarkness at dawn: early suspense classics by Cornell WoolrichThe Maltese Falcon by Dashiell HammettThe thin man by Dashiell HammettThe big sleep by Raymond ChandlerFarewell my lovely by Raymond ChandlerThe postman always rings twice by James M CainThe Cormoran Strike series, starting with The cuckoo’s calling, by Robert GalbraithOther notable hardboiled detectives and series mentioned:Mike Hammer in The Mike Hammer collection by Mickey SpillaneJohn Shaft in Shaft by Ernest Tidyman Easy Rawlins in Devil in a blue dress by Walter MosleyLew Archer in The drowning pool by Ross Macdonald
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyo…