Author: Shannon Simpson

The City Library Under Orange

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05 May 2022 Update:

Kia ora koutou. Hi everyone,

Here are a few important things to remember when visiting any City Library location (Central, Ashhurst, Awapuni, Roslyn, Te Pātikitiki, Youth Space, and Blueprint) under Orange.


  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Wear a mask at all times while in the library.
  • Be considerate of others and their space.

Opening Hours:


  • All onsite programmes and regular activities are currently being reviewed against revised traffic light requirements as we look to resuming these as resourcing allows.
  • We will keep you updated with rescheduled programmes and activities once this work has been completed.

Additional Information:

  • Contactless Click & Collect is available at all locations.
  • There are no overdue or hold fees and no DVD/CD charges.
  • All library meeting rooms are closed.
  • We will continue to have QR codes at the entrances of all locations for those who wish to contact trace.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we are hard at work bringing you the City Library initiatives you value.

Read about Council developments and see the latest Central Government advice here.

Always available 24/7:

  • The City Library’s Digital Library is always open—and we are continuously working to enhance our digital offerings. Check out e-books, e-audiobooks, downloadable magazinesmovies and online learning. 
  • Children’s Digital Library is a curated list of digital adventures, virtual storytimes, learn to draw with beloved Children’s illustrators, experiments, and more.
  • Contribute your COVID-19 stories and explore your local history with Manawatū Heritage.
  • Don’t have a Palmerston North City Library membership? We’d love for you to join. You can get instant access to our digital collection with a digital library membership through the Online Membership.

Public Health Information:

It is important to get information from reliable and authoritative sources:

The City Library under Level 3

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Kia ora koutou, hi everyone.

All City Library locations including Blueprint and Youth Space are closed under Level 3.

Please note under Level 3:

  • There are no overdue fees or fines – please hold onto your Library materials until we are open.
  • All programmes and activities are cancelled.
  • The mobile bus is off the road.
  • Home service is suspended.
  • All book bins and book return slots are closed.

We encourage you to get the Government’s NZ Tracer app to record your movement.

Thank you for all your assistance and patience helping us keep you, your whānau, our communities and our team safe.

For more information please see:

News from the Ian Matheson City Archives

Recently the Ian Matheson City Archives received a fantastic donation of photographs from Morrison’s Pharmacy in Awapuni. Many of the photographs chart the development and growth of the pharmacy itself, but there are also images of the shopping centre and local area. This a welcome addition as a business archive and it adds to our limited collection of historical images of our suburbs.

Records of suburbs is a significant gap in our collections, so if you have any records and photographs that show life in the outer city over the years the Heritage team love to talk with you. Phone them at 06 351 4100 or send them an email.