​​COVID-19 Update: 

Update: 9.00am 01 April 2020

All libraries in our district are closed and will remain closed until Waitaki is back to Level 1.

There is now no wi-fi available at the Ōamaru, Palmerston & Kurow libraries. This is not something we wanted to do as we know how many people rely on this in our communities.

However, this has been directed by the National Library who play a role in providing this services after requests from Civil Defence representatives and Police. ​This service has been stopped to prevent people from gathering around these public spaces during Alert Level Four thereby increasing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

  • This means it is not available outside our already-closed buildings
  • Our WiFi services will return when the all-clear is given
  • Stay safe, stay home​

​The Library staff will be working on options to enhance electronic services and available by phone for support and guidance with electronic offerings.​ If you have any items borrowed from the library you can renew them online or give the library a ring on the phone number below.

All After Hour Bins are now closed. Please keep all library items in your home until Libraries are open again.

All current and future item issues (books, DVDs, Fiction Rentals, etc.) now have a loan period of 6 weeks with three, 4 weekly renewals if you do it yourself online. However, if you are unable to do that, please keep what you take out for as long as the Pandemic Response Plan (PRP) is in place.​​ The library system has been set to renew books issued before Friday 20 March until 28 April 2020​. 

There are no overdue fines and fees incurring.

Online services are available at​

If you need help accessing online services, please either email us: or ring Oamaru Library directly on 03 433 0850 and leave a message if there is no answer.  One of our team will get back to you as soon as they can, but please be aware there may be some delay in doing so.​

As more information comes to hand it will be shared via the Waitaki Libraries Facebook page.​


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 free internet access at the Oamaru, Palmerston and Kurow libraries. For more information please visit Waitaki District Libraries website.  

Contact information

Postal address: PO Box 134, Oamaru 9444.

Phone: +64 3 433 0850 | Email:

Locations and opening hours

62 Thames Street, Oamaru.

Opening hours:

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

54 Tiverton Street, Palmerston. (This is also our Waihemo office.)

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesd ay, Wednesday and Friday8.30 am - 5 pm
Thursday8.30 am - 4 pm
Due to staff availability the Waihemo Service centre will be working on reduced hours 24/26/27 March 2020.
The hours will be:
  • Monday 23rd March 2020: closed public holiday
  • Tuesday 24th March 2020: 9.00am-5.00pm
  • Wednesday 25th March 2020: 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Thursday 26th March 2020: 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Friday 27th March 2020: 9.00am-5.00pm
Normal hours resume Monday 30 March 2020

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

Opening hours:

Monday 1 pm - 3.30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday1 pm - 4 pm and 7 pm - 8.30 pm
Friday1 pm - 3 pm
Saturday10.30 am - 12.00 pm

Hampden community library is located in the Hampden Hall on the main road.

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, SundayClosed
Thursday2 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday, Saturday 10 am - 12 noon

Otematata library is located in the Otematata Lakes Centre, West Road, Otematata.

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, SundayClosed
Tuesday, Thursday2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Saturday10.30 am - 11.30 am

Omarama community library is located at Omarama Community Hall on the main road.

Opening hours:

Tuesday7 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday9 am - 10 am
Saturday9 am - 10 am​
Page reviewed: 01 Apr 2020 9:52am