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Libraries holiday hours

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Summer in Auckland is even better with a book!

Most of our libraries, with the exceptions of Botany Library and Te Manawa, will be open their regular hours throughout the holidays, except on public holidays.
Libraries closures Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day) - All Libraries closedThursday 26 December (Boxing Day) - All Libraries closed except Botany Library and Te ManawaWednesday 1 January (New Year’s Day) - All Libraries closed except Botany Library and Te ManawaThursday 2 January (Day after New Year’s Day) - All Libraries closed except Botany Library and Te Manawa Botany Library and Te Manawa holiday opening hours Apart from Christmas Day, Botany Library will be open throughout the holiday period. Their normal hours will apply, except on the following days: Thursday 26 December, 10am – 8pm (Boxing Day)Friday 27 December, 9.30am - 5.30pmWednesday 1 January, 10am - 5.30pm (New Year’s Day) Thursday 2 January, 10am - 5.30pm (Day after New Year’s Day)Friday 3 January, 9.30am - 5.30pm …

Summer holidays loan rules

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Auckland Libraries loan periods for books, DVDs and magazines will change temporarily over the summer holidays.

From Saturday 23 November 2019 you will be able to check out certain items for a longer period of time to accommodate reduced hours during the summer holiday period.

Loan rules for Nov 2019 - Jan 2020
From 23 November - 28 day loans become 42 day loans From 7 December - 14 day loans become 28 day loans From 4 January - 28 day loans go back to normal From 11 January - 14 day loans go back to normal

Website outages

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Our website will be experiencing an outage due to maintenance and updates on:
Thursday 12 December, 11.59pm - Friday 13 December, 3am. Our website will be unavailable due to maintenance. Our catalogue, app and online resources will not be affected.Monday 16 December, 11pm - Tuesday 17 December, 2am. RBdigital will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.Tuesday 21 January, 11.59pm - Wednesday 22 January, 3am. Our website will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. Our catalogue, app and online resources will not be affected. Our apologies for this inconvenience.

Grey Lynn Library temporary closure

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Grey Lynn Library will be closed from Saturday 9 November to Monday 2 December for renovations.

Grey Lynn Library will reopen on Tuesday 3 December. 

Customers can look forward to seeing new carpet and an interior repaint.

During this time Grey Lynn Library customers should visit Leys Institute (Ponsonby) Library, Pt Chevalier Library, Mt Albert Library (or any of our 55 libraries) to browse, return or pick-up library items. You will be able to collect holds from Pt Chevalier Library.

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

The Mobile Library will be available at the Grey Lynn Library carpark each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm, during the closure.

Labour Day closures

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All our libraries will be closed on Monday 28 October for Labour Day, with the exception of Te Manawa.

All libraries will be closed (including Botany), with the exception of Te ManawaTe Manawa will be open 10am - 5.30pmMobile Libraries regular timetable will not operate
Looking for information or a relaxing read? Our online resources will be available 24/7, as usual.

Find out more about our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines.

Proud to support the Auckland City Mission

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Auckland Libraries are collecting food donations for the Auckland City Mission from 24 September - 8 October.

The Auckland City Mission is seeking food donations to ensure their holiday food parcels can be delivered to Aucklanders in need. Auckland Libraries are supporting the food appeal by providing local drop-off points at 55 locations in communities across Tāmaki Makaurau.

How you can help

Drop off your donations of non-perishable food in the collection boxes during opening hours at any of our 55 Auckland Libraries. The following food items are especially helpful:
Canned meat, fish, tomatoes, corn, beans, fruit saladRice, pasta, biscuits, peanut butter, jamTea, coffee and long-life milk. Donations are also accepted at the Mission Distribution Centre, 15 Auburn St, Grafton, between 9am and 3pm Monday - Saturday.

For large donations, get in touch with the Mission at distribution@aucklandcitymission.org.nz or call them on 09 377 4322.

Find out more about the Auckland City Mission on th…

Tupu Youth Library temporary closure

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Tupu Youth Library will be closed from Monday 5 August and will reopen on Monday 25 November.

During this time Tupu Youth Library will undergo roof repairs.

Tupu Youth Library customers should visit Ōtara Library or Manukau Library (or any of our 55 libraries) to browse or return library items during this closure. You will be able to collect holds from Manukau Library.

Items cannot be returned to Tupu Youth Library during this time. Please return items to any of our other Auckland Libraries.

Onehunga Library temporary 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.

Mt Albert Library temporary closure

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Mt Albert Library will be closed from Monday 3 June to Sunday 30 June for interior refurbishment.
During this time Mt Albert Library customers should visit Pt Chevalier, Epsom or Mt Roskill Library (or any of our 55 libraries) to browse return or pick-up library items. You will be able to collect loans from any of these libraries.

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

Māngere Town Centre Library temporary closure

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Māngere Town Centre Library will be closed from Monday 6 May to Monday 22 July for refurbishment, including new carpet and lighting, fresh new décor and the addition of a meeting room.

During this time, Māngere Town Centre Library customers should visit Māngere East or Māngere Bride Library (or any of our 55 libraries) to browse or return library items.

Holds will be redirected and made available for pick up at Māngere East Library.

The external drop-off bin will still be available during this time.

Loans that are issued and fall due during the closure will be extended to 22 July to ensure there are no problems with fines.

The mobile library van will be visiting the Māngere Town Square from 10am - 3pm each Saturday while the library is closed.

The library staff will be offering to deliver Wriggle and Rhyme sessions at local preschools, instead of the usual delivery at the library.

Have your say on the new Avondale Library and Community Centre

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Help shape the services and activities our new $21 million Avondale Library and Community Centre will offer, which will, in turn, inform the design process and types of spaces that are available!

Whau Local Board Chair, Tracy Mulholland, says that it is important for the Avondale community to have their say.

"This facility will be at the heart of the Avondale community, and we want to know how people want to use it.

"Over the years the community has told us about the types of things they want to see there, but now is the time to help us build on that feedback with the design process about to begin.

"It is really important to us that the connection between the community and this new facility is strong, so we want to hear from as many people as possible during the consultation so that the final facility is well used and enjoyed by everyone."

Have your say! Consultation is open now until 26 April and there are a number of ways to contribute your feedback:

Online
Visit

FAQs: Massey Library and Te Manawa

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Massey Library will close at 4pm on Sunday 17 February and re-open with reduced hours and reduced services in anticipation of the opening of our new library and community centre, Te Manawa in late March.

Transitioning from the existing Massey Library to Te Manawa is a complex task and we know for a short time it may be inconvenient.

We thank you for your patience and can’t wait to share Te Manawa with you on Tuesday 26 March.

Read on for the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Massey Library closure and about our new library and community centre, Te Manawa. Why is Massey Library closing? The closure of Massey Library and the opening of our new library and community centre, Te Manawa, has been in the works for well over a decade. It is a legacy project that was committed to by the former Waitākere City Council and passed to the new Auckland Council in 2010.
While the Massey Library will be closing in its present building, it will be re-opening as part of Te Manawa, on…

Massey Library closure

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Massey Library will close at 4pm on Sunday 17 February and re-open with reduced hours and reduced services in anticipation of the opening of our new library and community centre, Te Manawa in late March.

Massey Library will be closed from Monday 18 February - Sunday 24 February, inclusive.

The library will then re-open for four weeks with reduced hours as follows:
Monday 25 February – Thursday 28 February, 10.00am – 3.00pmMonday 4 March  – Thursday 7 March, 10.00am – 3.00pmMonday 11 March – Thursday 14 March, 10.00am – 3.00pmMonday 18 March – Thursday 21 March, 10.00am – 3.00pm Massey Library will then be closed permanently from 3pm Thursday 21 March.

Reduced services will be as follows:
Request pick-up and return drop-off onlyNo Internet access or printing facilities For a full range of services nearby, Kumeū Library, Waitākere Central (Henderson) Library, Rānui Library, and Te Atatū Peninsula Library will be open regular hours.

Our new library and community centre Te Manawa (the heart…

Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day closures

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All our libraries will be closed for Auckland Anniversary Day and Waitangi Day, with the exception of Botany Library.

Auckland Anniversary Day
All libraries will be closed on Monday 28 January for Auckland Anniversary Day, with the exception of Botany LibraryBotany Library will be open 10am - 5.30pmMobile Libraries will not operateWaitangi Day All libraries will be closed on Wednesday 6 February for Waitangi Day, with the exception of Botany LibraryBotany Library will be open 9.30am - 5.30pmMobile Libraries will not operate
Looking for information or a relaxing read? Our online resources will be available 24/7, as usual.
Find out more about our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines

Christmas holidays loan rules

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Auckland Libraries loan periods for books, DVDs and magazines will change over the summer holidays.

From Saturday 24 November you will be able to check out certain items for a longer period of time to accommodate reduced hours during the Christmas holiday period.

These changes will continue to roll out in December.

Loan rules for Nov 2018 - Jan 2019
From 24 November - 28 day loans become 42 day loans From 8 December - 14 day loans become 28 day loans From 5 January - 28 day loans go back to normal From 12 January - 14 day loans go back to normal

We always love your feedback

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Our We Love Feedback survey is now updated and better than ever.

Our expanded survey aims to collect customer feedback covering many specific aspects of your experience at Auckland Libraries. We want to hear your feedback on staff service, library spaces, our collections, online spaces and much more.

You may receive an invitation in your email, or you can head to our website and click the We Love Feedback link at the bottom.

We always love your feedback!

Reading between the wines ventures north

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Auckland Libraries' Reading Between the Wines brings together bars, books and bookworms from all across Tāmaki Makaurau. 

On the first Thursday of each month, awesome librarians will meet you at a different venue around Auckland, with over 40 books for you to browse through. 

Community Librarian Laura Caygill recently spoke to Jesse Mulligan on Radio New Zealand about the history of Reading Between the Wines, the upcoming session this Thursday 6 September, and our exciting plans to branch out onto the North Shore in October.

You can listen to the RNZ segment here.

This Thursday 6 September, Reading Between the Wines will take place at The Conservatory on the Viaduct. Don't worry if you're not a member of the libraries, you can join up on the night! Enjoy a glass of wine or two and meet like-minded people, whilst searching for your next favourite read. 

Keep up to date with the latest Reading Between the Wines news by following their Facebook page

You can also check out where t…

Auckland Libraries and Spark Foundation get families connected

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Auckland Libraries, together with Spark Foundation, are helping to provide stress-free internet access to households without a broadband connection.

Auckland Libraries has recently become a local partner for Spark Jump, a programme that provides families with kids under 18 and no current internet connection with access to modems and a subsidised prepaid wireless internet connection.

"We already provide access to free WiFi and public computers within our libraries, but studies have found that kids who don't have broadband access at home are at risk of falling behind at school.

"Helping to bridge the digital divide is incredibly important to Auckland Libraries, which is why we jumped at the chance to get involved with this programme" says Digital Solutions Lead, Philip Miles.

Central City, Glen Eden, Helensville, Rānui, Mahurangi East, Māngere Town Centre, Manukau Library, Manurewa, New Lynn, Onehunga, Ōtāhuhu, Papakura, Te Atatū Peninsula, Te Manawa, Te Matariki Clen…

Te Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani Cook Islands Language Week

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Turou! Oro mai! Auckland Libraries is celebrating Te Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani Cook Islands Language Week from 29 July - 4 August 2018.

The language week is a special opportunity for Cook Islanders living in New Zealand to acknowledge, celebrate and embrace Cook Islands culture, history, customs and, most importantly, language.

Auckland is the largest Pacific city in the world with just over 35,000 people who identify as being Cook Islanders living in Tāmaki Makaurau. Auckland Libraries is delighted to connect with our Cook Islands community and celebrate the pearl of the Pacific.

Kiaorana e Kia Manuia!
Events
Discover the stories, music and dance of the Cook Islands at Storytime sessions for kids, arts and crafts workshops or visit Central City Library on Thursday 2 August to enjoy a Cook Islands cultural showcase by the University of Auckland Cook Islands Student Association (AUCISA). Resources
Check out curated booklists from our Pacific collections:  Cook Islands kids’ b…

OverDrive checkouts reach 5 million!

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Checkouts from Auckland Libraries main digital reading platform, OverDrive, reached five million this month, making us some of the biggest digital library borrowers in the world!

The lucky five millionth checkout was Spain and Portugal's best trips by Lonely Planet.

Our library system is one of the fastest-growing in the world since launching in late 2007. Auckland Libraries have made especially great strides with our digital collection and have set records within the last two years.

In 2016, we were one of 17 libraries worldwide and the only library system in the Southern Hemisphere that circulated one million digital books for the first time. We built on this success in 2017 with 30% circulation growth, remaining the only library system in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve one million checkouts annually.

We are on pace to set another record in 2018, and have already contributed greatly to the one billion checkouts achieved across the OverDrive network earlier this year!

Catheri…