COVID-19 information page

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COVID-19 information page

Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library during Traffic Light Orange

The purpose of this update is to explain how traffic light red will work at Te Aka Mauri and let you know how you can access library services.

Rotorua is at Orange in the COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework.

We continue to monitor and adjust our services in line with the COVID-19 Protection Framework to do all we can to keep customers and our staff safe while in our libraries.

No vaccine pass required from 5 April

In line with Government changes to the traffic lights system, from Tuesday 5 April Rotorua Lakes Council will no longer require My Vaccine Passes or scanning in via the NZ COVID Tracer app to enter council venues and facilities, including Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library.

Face coverings

All staff and visitors to Te Aka Mauri aged 12 or older are legally required to wear a mask or face covering. If you have a medical exemption please show this to staff when you enter so that we can welcome you come in otherwise you must leave your mask on at all times.

Social distancing

All customers must follow directional arrows on entry, exit and within Te Aka Mauri.

We are now required to enforce a 1 metre distance between staff and customers. This will have an impact on the services we are able to provide.

The number of computers available in our Computer Room has been reduced to facilitate a 1 metre space between users. This service will be self help only with limited printing available. Time limits may be put in place to provide access to computers to those who need it.

The Don Stafford Room on the Second Floor will be open for independent research only. Access to the room will be for a small number of people at a time to ensure social distancing can be maintained safely.

Limited research assistance and readers advisory can be provided by Te Aka Mauri staff.

Finally, please stay home if you are sick.

Use our eLibrary

We encourage residents to make use of our eLibrary resources. These are available free to all library members.

Residents without a library card are invited to join as a digital member. This will allow you to make full use of our eLibrary collection.

Thanks to the New Zealand Library Partnership Programme we have been able to expand our online offerings meaning there is even more for you to read and learn.

We have a range of sites you can visit to download and read books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers using your library card:

  • BorrowBox eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Wheelers ePlatform eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • OverDrive online magazines (using the Libby app)
  • PressReader online newspapers and magazines
  • Bridget Williams Books (the online home of great New Zealand Books)
  • Ebsco - Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus
  • Ebsco - MasterFILE Complete
  • Ebsco - MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection
  • Ebsco - GreenFILE

Access all of these great resources using your library login here

Online learning

Take this opportunity to learn something new in our Niche Academy online learning website. Topics available include social media, using eBooks and eMagazines, family history research and more to come.
We will continue to deliver a programme of online events and activities to keep you entertained. Watch Facebook or our YouTube platform for updates.

Health information

Visit the Ministry of Health or COVID-19 websites for the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

Ministry of Health -

COVID-19 -

The Te Aka Mauri Team.

If you wish to contact us you can do so in the following ways:

Telephone: (07) 348 4177


Facebook: @RotoruaLibrary

Please share information about our services with friends and whanau, stay safe and look after each other.

Ngā mihi nui,

The team at Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri