Extended Hours for Flaxmere Library

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

Winners New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014

Congratulations to Jill Trevelyan, Eleanor Catton, Vincent O’Sullivan and Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher, the winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014!  Read more


The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014

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

Pizza Wheel Programme

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...

Volunteering Hawke's Bay

Are you keen to volunteer?  Bronwyn, Volunteering Hawkes Bay’s Community Liaison Coordinator, is in Hastings Library on Tuesdays between 2 and 4pm to chat about volunteering.  On the first Tuesday of the month Bronwyn will be in Flaxmere Library from 11am to 1pm.

Volunteering Hawkes Bay refers individuals to voluntary positions, offering over 140 volunteering opportunities with 75 organisations in HB. An opportunity to make a difference in the community, share and learn new skills, and meet new people.  Read more...

JPs in the Libraries

Do you need help from a Justice of the Peace? Local JPs are available in Hastings and Havelock North Libraries at the following times:

Hastings Library –  Tuesday afternoons, 2pm-4pm (as part of the Information Marketplace).

Havelock North LibrarySaturday mornings, 10am–12 noon (Community Room)  Read more... 

Course - Basic Computing Skills

Brush up on your computer skills at our free course of four sessions, to be held at Hastings Library.

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.

eBook and iPad Classes

Learn how to use our free eBooks and downloadable Audiobooks at Hastings Library.

Introduction to IPad Classes at Hastings Library.

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.

Seonaid Lewis - Family History Evening

Seonaid Lewis, family history librarian for Auckland Libraries, gave a very popular talk at Hastings Library on the family history resources held in the Central Auckland Research Centre, as well as learning how you can trace your ancestor through online research via the Digital Library.  Seonaid kindly made her notes available. Read more...   

Mobile Phone Lessons

Not sure how to use your mobile phone? Book in for a FREE mobile phone lesson! 

Ask at the desk about these - we have staff who can show you how to use your mobile.  Read more...  

Introducing our Teens Facebook Page

We're super excited to introduce our Teens Facebook page and share with you all the best books, movies, music, events, competitions and news at to see you there!

Introducing our Readers' Blog

Readers' Blog

Check out our new Readers' Blog for reviews and news from the world of booksRead more...

Unwanted mobile phone?

Auckland’s Starship children’s hospital is to benefit from the collection of unwanted mobile phones.

Bring your phone into Hastings, Havelock North or Flaxmere Library and look for the collection box.  The phones will be refurbished and then onsold, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Starship Hospital to fund care for sick children.  Read more...

eBooks and Audiobooks are available!

eBooks can now be downloaded free from ePukapuka OverDrive to a computer, iPad, mobile phone or an eReader. Audiobooks are talking books that can be downloaded to a computer, iPod or other compatible device with audio capability. Read more...


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eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are now available at Hastings District Libraries - see the ePukapuka logo and link at the left on our home page.

New to eBooks? Here are some answers to questions!   Read even more answers ... 


Information Market Place

Image: Information Marketplace

Need information and advice?  Come to our  Information Market Place in Hastings Library on Tuesdays, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Talk with people from various organisations who can help.

  • Justices of the Peace
  • Volunteering Hawke's Bay

New Section for Legislation & Law

Looking for legislation or case law?  See the new section on our website, under Find Information: Legislation & Law

NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Winners

The winners of the New Zealand Post Books Awards for Children & Young Adults have been announced.

A far from boring picture book by Vasanti Unka "The Boring Book" has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.  It also won the Picture Book category.

List of winners...

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