Category: Library News

The latest from the City Library

Lockdown reads

Like everyone else, I was not prepared with a mountain of library books for the latest lockdown. I have enjoyed the great selection of books on Libby and Borrow Box, but I have also dug into my own collection of books and read some old favourites.

‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons, is one of my all time favourite books. It starts in Leningrad on the day Russia enters World War 2. As it is based during the war, there is no surprise (and not a spoiler!) that I always end up reaching for the tissues each time I read it.

I like historical fiction books. I call them ‘Titanic books’ as they are books based on a real life situations but with fictional characters. I have learnt a lot about history this way – some facts have been very useful for quiz nights or random bits of trivia on road trips. 😊

‘The Bronze Horseman’ is available in our library, but if you can’t wait for us to open at Level 2 you can get a copy from Libby.

Auckland writers festival


10 – 15 MAY 2022
The Auckland Writers Festival isn’t until May next year but until then you can visit Auckland Writers Festival • 10-15 May 2022 where you can view a large archive of videos and podcasts on their ‘Look, Listen & Learn’ page. You can view past events such as those from Nigella Lawson, Peter Williams, Patricia Grace and Arundhati Roy. You can also stream the podcasts from ‎Auckland Writers Festival on Apple Podcasts and Auckland Writers Festival | Podcast on Spotify


Thank you Libby!

Libby is one of our apps to access eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines for free using your library card. A great option to be able to borrow books from the comfort of your home.

I had to say a big THANKS to Libby the other night. I couldn’t sleep and I was able to access lots of books to read without having to turn on a light or disturb anyone in our house. It was awesome. So, thanks Libby! 😁

City Library mobile app

hand holding mobile phone with city library app on screen

Explore the library and manage your account. Search the catalogue for items to borrow and reserve. View and renew items you have checked out. Access e-books and other online resources. Read the latest library news and check upcoming events.

Search for Palmerston North City Library in your app store. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Get your learning on!

The Great Courses bring you the best in online education with videos and lectures by the world’s greatest professors.

Available from the Kanopy streaming service, FREE with your library membership.

If you already use Kanopy then you’ll be pleased to know the Great Courses do not count towards your viewing credits.

And if you don’t use Kanopy, you probably don’t know that you have access to over 30,000 amazing movies for FREE! What are you waiting for?!?!

Click here and enjoy learning…

Free Wi-Fi

We have free Wi-Fi in our libraries! To get connected, first select the APNK Library network. The first time you connect you will need to enter the password, which is apnk2765. Once you accept the terms and conditions you can start browsing, download ebooks, message friends… enjoy! 😄

Community Libraries

In Palmerston North we don’t have just 1 Library, we have 6!!  Along with our big Central Library we have 4 Community Libraries and 1 Mobile Library.  You will find the Community Libraries dotted around our city with the Awapuni Library in with the College Street shops, Te Patikitiki next to Monrad park, Roslyn Library with the Vogel Street shops, and the Ashhurst Library in an old 120 year old Post Office building on the main street in Ashhurst.  Each location is a mini Central library offering a collection of books for children, youth and adults.  They also run regular preschool childrens sessions, school holiday programmes, and lots of varied events for adults including morning teas and book launches.

The Mobile Library has 28 regular stops around the city and visits many of our local schools.  You can find the timetable on our website.

Lucinda Riley

We heard the sad news of Lucinda Riley’s passing last week, a huge loss but she will be remembered fondly by her millions of fans especially after her success from the ‘Seven Sisters’ series. Her latest book ‘The Missing Sister’ has just been released and is on the No. 1 Bestseller list and is available in our library.

Book recommendation

I just finished reading this book and couldn’t wait to post a recommendation.

The Things We Cannot Say by Australian author Kelly Rimmer is a story about Alice and her Grandmother in her 90s who suddenly has a stroke and can no longer speak but wants to find answers to her story, a story her family does not know. It is also about Alice’s family and her journey with her son who born with autism spectrum disorder.

This story highlights the importance of sharing your stories before it is too late. It is written in the first person and I know many don’t like that but it really is good and worth giving a go.