Friends of the Library

​About the Friends of the Library

Rotorua Library is very lucky to have the support of an active Friends of the Library group. The Friends of the Library are a group of volunteers who's aims are:

  • To promote and support the library
  • To facilitate its use and enjoyment by the public
  • To help to acquire additional resources and services for the library
  • To lobby on behalf of the library
  • To encourage involvement of the community in the activities, needs and progress of the library

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Rotorua Library run a book sale at Kuirau Park on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. Funds raised go towards projects supported by the Friends of the Library.

Date: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month.

Time: 9am - 1pm

Venue: Kuirau Park (at the old Tea Kiosk)

Contact the Friends of the Library

Visit the Friends at the Kuirau Park book sales or contact Onno van Raalte on 07 349 3306 for any other enquiries.

Join the Friends of the Library

Anyone can join the Friends of the Library and they are always happy to have new members. It costs $10 per year for individual membership which entitles you to 5 free books at the book sales (max $2 each) and discounts to selected literary events. You will also receive the Friends of the Library newsletter. 

To join, fill out an application form at Rotorua Library, visit the Friends at the Book Sale or contact Onno van Raalte on 07 349 3306.

Friends of the Library History and Projects

The Friends of the Rotorua District Library were formed in 1991. The following year they ran a huge booksale in the Sportsdrome and continued to run these biannually until 2002 when the building was renovated and became the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. Today they run a very successful Book Sale at Kuirau Park every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. 

To date, they have raised thousands of dollars for the Rotorua District Library which has been used to support children's and teens' holiday programmes, visiting authors and guest speakers, the provision of specialty services such as Medianet NZ Film Archive Access, an audio/visual system, furniture, crockery and appliances for the Meeting Rooms, library shelving and competition prizes. They also support the library with man-power whenever asked for tasks such as catering, moving, labelling or packaging. Their support is always much appreciated by library staff and others.

A generous donation from the Friends of the Library group resulted in the opening of a multisensory room on the ground floor of the library. Please note, this room is temporarily unavailable while we are in the Pukuatua St. The small secure room was fitted with state of the art fibre optics, a multicoloured water bubble column lamp and projector which displayed specially designed graphics on to the wall. The idea was sparked by a member of the community and the project driven by former Community Services Librarian Bev Emmerson. The room was specifically designed for children with special needs as a therapeutic sensory environment but  also appealed to all small children. This room will be available again when we move back into the refurbished Library building.

In 2017, an incredibly generous donation from the Friends of the Library funded the new Mobile Learning Centre, Te Waka Pounamu.

The Mobile Learning Centre, a Mercedes Sprinter van, is fitted with digital equipment and is used as part of the library's mobile services. The Mobile Learning Centre is equipped with numerous forms of technology including laptops, tablets and a WiFi hotspot. It will deliver existing services and programmes such as eLibrary education sessions and Stepping Up classes in the community and enables Rotorua Library to deliver digital services in the community. ​

The Friends of the Library have also given their support to Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua's new library and Children's health hub. Their funding has allowed the purchase of customised magazine shelving on the ground floor, reader-friendly furniture in the second floor reading room and bespoke shelving in the Don Stafford Room.

​ "A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." 

- Henry Ward Beecher

Page reviewed: 28 Jan 2018 3:31pm