Children's Area 

The children's area has a range of collections that suit children from the age of 0-12 years old.

  • Pre-School Picture Book Collection - Mixture of board books and picture books
  • Picture Book Collection - Picture books 
  • New Readers - Useful for early reading skills 
  • Independent Readers - Assist emerging readers to extend their reading skills 
  • Booster Readers - Less text with illustrations / sophisticated picture books 
  • Children's Fiction
  • Children's Non-fiction - Wide range of topics to suit all ages

The children's area also has a range of non-book material, such as DVDs, audiobooks and magazines that are free to borrow.



Young Adults Area 

Located in Papatipu / Launch Pad, the Young Adults / Te Hunga Rangatahi area has a range of collections that suit the transition from child to young adult 12-18.

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Biography
  • DVD
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines



Parent/Caregiver Toilet and Changing Table 

The library has public toilets available with a changing table in the Parent/Caregiver toilet. The space is large enough to fit a pram for more comfort.


Unaccompanied Children/Tamariki

Children/tamariki under 14 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver;

see here for more details.


Shelf Help 

Useful classifications for commonly asked for topics

Child Development 649.133
Early Language Development 372.6
Infants - Sleep 649.6
Parenting 649.1
Potty Training 649.62
Reading (Early Childhood) 372.4


Useful Websites 

Ministry of Education - Practical information about education for parents and carers

Te Kete Ipurangi - the online knowledge basket (TKI) is New Zealand's bilingual education portal and is an initiative of the Ministry of Education.

Special Education - Learning support refers to the additional support some children and young people need to engage and achieve in education.

Education Review Office - ERO evaluates and reports on the education and care of children and young people in early childhood services and schools.

New Zealand Government - Family and Whanau - is for people who need to interact with the NZ government in the course of their day-to-day lives.

NetSafe - Netsafe is New Zealand’s independent, non-profit online safety organisation.

NZ Association for Gifted Children - NZAGC is a charitable organisation that supports gifted children and their families.

Learning and Behaviour Charitable Trust NZ - Information and resources if you know someone with a learning or behavioural difficulty.

IHC - New Zealand's largest provider of services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Autism NZ - Autism New Zealand provides support, information and education on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for individuals, their family/whanau, caregivers, and professionals who engage with them.

Strengthening Families - Strengthening Families can be used by any family/whanau in New Zealand with a child or young person(s) who needs help from more than one support service or government agency.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis.

Sands New Zealand - Sands New Zealand is a network of parent-run, non-profit groups supporting families who have experienced the death of a baby. 

Sensory Processing Hub - NHS Sensory Processing Hub

Looks Like Language - Ways to deal with common sensory issues