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Welcome to the Hastings District Libraries in sunny Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere

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Teens Book Club Hastings
Drama workshop at Hastings Library
Teen Book Club Havelock North
Stories and music time with Kerry Poppins and Burt the Chimney Sweep at the  Fla
Young Readers' Book Club Flaxmere
Relaxing at Flaxmere Library
Junior Book Worms Havelock North
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Image: Hastings Library & Civic Square gardens
Photo: Hastings Library - part of the mezzanine floor
Photo: Havelock North Library desk area
Photo: A quiet read at Flaxmere Library

Your information and entertainment hub for books, eBooks, DVDs, talking books, CDs, magazines, newspapers, online databases and more.

Photocopying, Internet, email, word processing, printing and fax service - available in all three libraries.

Flaxmere Library will be extending its opening hours from Monday 21 July, opening until 7.00pm on Monday and Wednesday eveningsRead more...

Book lover? People friendly? Able to work weekends and a late night on Tuesday? If you’ve answered yes to these questions then you should apply for a casual customer service position at Hastings District Libraries. Applications are open from now until 5pm Wednesday 27th August. Please drop your CV and cover letter into Hastings Library or email your application to

To celebrate National Poetry Day Hastings Library will have an exhibition of Haiku poetry in handmade books from two local poets. The exhibition will run from Monday 18 August until Friday 22 August.

Come along and read these creative works of art and talk to the creators about this interesting form of Japanese poetry. Read more

The longlist has been announced for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the prestigious writing award last year for her novel The Luminaries.

Among the selected authors this year are former Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobsen and two previously shortlisted authors Ali Smith and David Mitchell. Read more

The Finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 have been announced.

The People’s Choice award is an opportunity to vote for your favourite New Zealand book of the year. Eligible books must be written by New Zealand authors and published in New Zealand within the period of 1 June 2013-31 May 2014. Readers can vote online or in Library. Voting closes on Friday, 15 August. Read more

We are running a Pizza Wheel Reading Programme for school aged children.  Simply read eight books from your library and receive a free pizza!  How does it work?  Read more...

Coming Up

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:00am
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
HDLs are looking for a couple of people friendly book lovers to join our casual customer service team.
17 hours 43 min

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