Reference & Research

Reference Collections

Our Reference Collections include:

  • General reference works on most subjects
  • Dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, both general and subject specific
  • Telephone and business directories
  • Electoral rolls (New Zealand)
  • Motor manuals (Hastings only)
  • New Zealand Statutes & Regulations (Hastings only)
  • Local Government consultation documents
  • Maps, atlases
  • Databases online include: WestLaw, Fundview & Breakout, genealogy databases and many others

Reference Services

Looking for information?  Ask our Reference staff for assistance.

We welcome your questions. Staff will assist in accessing information and reference resources.

Specialist staff include our Reference & Archives Librarians (local history) and our Māori Resources Librarian.

Contact Reference staff by:


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.

Ask a Librarian

Need help with finding an author or a title?  Researching a topic and want help?  Not sure how to renew an item,  place a reserve, CityLoan, Interloan?

Ask a Librarian! We can help you either in person, by phone 06 871 5000, or you may email us at

Email queries answered 9am - 5pm weekdays only.  We will reply as soon as possible.

Charges may apply for non members

Research Databases for Students

Hastings District Libraries subscribe to a number of really useful research databases. These include encyclopaedias and subject specific databases.

If you need to find information for a homework assignment or research a topic these are a great place to start!

Research Charges

Assistance with finding and using information is usually free of charge.

However if you would like a librarian to do research on your behalf, charges may be involved. Our standard research charges then apply and these are listed below.  We will consult you before we undertake any activity involving charges.

There are some charges for non members using our Ask a Librarian services.


AnyQuestions, Many Answers

AnyQuestions helps you find useful, accurate, online information for your homework.

Online librarians can help you work out what sort of information you need, then begin searching for you:

See also the Many Answers website - your answer could be right here!

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