New look for new Rotorua Library

29/07/2016 12:00 a.m.

The new Rotorua Library in Pukuatua Street is now officially open.

After an opening ceremony this morning library users were free to explore the premises and try out some of the special new features.


Photograph: Mayor Steve Chadwick sharing her delight in the new Library.

The self-issue machines have been a hit since the library opened its doors on Wednesday 27 July. The machines are touch screen and can be viewed in English, Te Reo Māori and even 'Pirate'. Users just scan their library card and follow the prompts on the screen. Staff are on hand and keen to help users find their way around the new technology and the new Library layout.

In another new initiative, aimed at encouraging more reading, all adult fiction books are now free to borrow.  

Library users can also enjoy a hot drink while browsing or reading with The Coffee Shack a permanent fixture.

If you want to check out the Library's exciting new features, visit the team at our new premises on the corner of Pukuatua and Amohia Streets (the old Van Dyks building).

The library is expected to be in its Pukuatua Street location for about 18 months while the Haupapa Street building is revamped.


Photograph: Library Manager, Jane Gilbert's speech was followed by a waiata by the Rotorua Lakes Council Waiata Group.

Visit the Rotorua Lakes Council Facebook page and Rotorua Library Facebook page to see more photos from the new Rotorua Library.

Page reviewed: 29 Jul 2016 3:13pm