Libraries

oamaru public library building front view. 

Waitaki Libraries is your place to relax, enjoy, think and take your mind on a journey.

  • We have a free lending collection and a small number of rental collections.
  • Library members can request an item from any of the libraries in the Waitaki District Libraries collective.
  • We offer a free internet access at the Oamaru, Palmerston, Hampden and Kurow Libraries.
  • We run regular topical events and programmes including Wriggle and Rhyme: active movement for early learning for babies; storytime for toddlers; book chat for adults; guest speakers and author talks; school holiday programmes and more.
For more information please visit Waitaki District Libraries website.  


Contact information

Postal address: PO Box 134, Oamaru 9444.

Phone: +64 3 433 0850 | Email: library@waitaki.govt.nz


Locations and normal opening hours​

Oamaru Public Library

Oamaru Public Library is located at 62 Thames Street, Oamaru.

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Thursday10.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday10.00 am - 12.30 pm​

Metered parking is available outside the Library, and there is free parking within walking distance. There is a disabled car park in front of the library.​


Palmerston Public Library

Palmerston Public Library is located in the Waihemo Service Centre, 54 Tiverton Street, Palmerston, which is also a service point for Waitaki District Council.

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday​8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Thursday8.30 am - 4.00 pm
Free parking is available at the Waihemo Centre​



Kurow School & Community Library and Waitaki Valley School Library

Kurow School & Community Library and Waitaki Valley School Library share the same building at Waitaki Valley School, Waitaki Valley School, Settlement Road, Kurow.

Opening hours:

Monday-Wednesday & Friday12.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Thursday1.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Saturday10.30 am - 12 noon

Free parking is available outside the School​


Hampden Community Library

Hampden Community Library is located in the Hampden Hall on the Main Road.​

Opening hours:

Monday & Thursday2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Wednesday & Saturday10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Friday5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Free parking is available on the main road in front of the library​.



Otematata Community Library

Otematata Community Library is located in the Lakes Centre on West Road.​

Opening hours:

Tuesday & Thursday2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Saturday10.30 am - 12.00 noon

Free parking behind the Lakes Centre.​


Omarama Community Library

Omarama Community Library is located in the Omarama Community Hall, on the Main Road.​

Opening hours:

Wednesday & Saturday9.00 am - 10.00 am
Page reviewed: 10 Jul 2020 1:18pm