Māori Collections

Each of our three libraries has an Adult Māori Section and also a Junior Māori Section.  In Hastings War Memorial Library the Adult Māori Section has both reference and lending collections and is located on the ground level overlooking Civic Square and Ngā Pou o Heretaunga. 

These collections contain items of cultural, historical, social and language significance for all of Aotearoa.   Emphasis is given to any material of a local nature, particularly Ngāti Kahungunu.

Young Adult Collections

All three libraries have Young Adult Collections and elsewhere in the library are CDs, DVDs, Games, Magazines and of course books that teens are welcome to borrow.

YA members have full access to the rest of the library.

Junior Collections

All three libraries have great collections of children's items, including books, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, cassettes and talking books.

Parents - you are welcome to ask the Children's Librarians for books that best suits your child's age and stage in reading.


Hastings District Libraries subscribe to newspapers in various formats:

At Hastings War Memorial Library we hold Hawke's Bay Today for six months in print and previous years on microfilm.  Please ask at the issues desk to access these.  

Print copies of newspapers are held for varying lengths of time.  Please ask at the desk.

eLibrary - eBooks & eAudiobooks

Our eLibrary

As a member of Hastings District Libraries you are able to borrow from a large collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks in our eLibrary.

This is a free service to members of Hastings District Libraries.

Genealogy Collection & Microforms

The Genealogy Collection is located upstairs at Hastings Library and includes:

  • Microfiche, microfilms (listed below), including
  • New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages to 1990
  • Hawke's Bay newspapers on microfilm
  • Genealogy reference books
  • Local telephone directories
  • Journals (many donated - thanks for this!)
  • Electoral rolls for NZ on microfiche & in print

Available on our Research Computers (free) are:

  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • New Zealand Gazette Archives (one PC only)
  • Papers Past - historic New Zealand newspapers online

Local History Collection & Archives

Local History Collection

Hastings Library has a Local History Collection covering the history of Hastings and District. These are Reference items and may only be used in the library.  In addition there are many items available in the lending collections.

Community Archives

Both Hastings and Havelock North Libraries have Community Archives.  These are available Monday to Friday only, and it is best to make an appointment with the Archives Librarian at either library. 

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