Our Aim

To meet the community's needs
for recreational and educational reading;
and the provision of information.




 Joining the Library  |  Library Services  |  Events  | Locations & Contact Details  |  General Information 

Joining the Library

Our libraries are free for all to use, but for full borrowing privileges, you need to be a member with a current library card Anyone who lives, or pays rates, in Tararua District is eligible to join the library for free ; those not meeting this criteria may join for a fee. To join you will need to complete the online registration form and bring the following to your local library:

  • ID with your name and signature (e.g. a driver's licence, passport, 18+ card).
  • Current proof of address (a non-handwritten document that has been posted or emailed to you that shows your residential address on it)

For Children Under 18:

  • A parent or legal guardian will need to produce their own ID and sign the Conditions of Membership on the minors behalf.
  • The parent or guardian needs to produce their own proof of address.

Fees and Charges

Click here for information about fees and charges for Tararua District Libraries. 

Library Services

Library Catalogue & Collections

For more information on the collections available, visit the Tararua District Library website and check out the Collections page.

You can browse the online catalogue to locate items, and see their status. Log in is not required to browse, but is required to place holds, renew items or create lists.

To log in, click on the link below, input your user name (library membership number) and your passcode (or click the forgotten passcode link).    



As a Library member you can access and download our growing selection of free e-Books to your electronic device (excluding Kindle). You can access the collection by:

  • download the Wheelers ePlatform App and search for your town name
  • going direct to our e-Book collection (link on library website) and logging in using your normal library membership user name and passcode.


More information about Tararua District Library electronic/online resources

Historic Research

You can contact our Libraries regarding historic research, including but not limited to newspapers (various issues on microfilm*), cemetery records, registrar general's office index, our local history collection and Kete Tararua.

* Microfilm can be viewed at Dannevirke Library and Woodville Library; print outs can be made, or saved to memory-stick. We have an alphabetical listing of births, deaths and marriages 1921-1971 compiled from the Dannevirke Evening News, in the Dannevirke Library Local History room.

For more information on the Historic Research services listed above, please click here.

For information on cemeteries and ancestor research, please click here.

Library Locations & Contact Details

The library service is an integral part of the community, providing residents of the Tararua District access to recreational and educational reading and information, including resources to aid literacy and learning, as well as free computer access and Wi-Fi. Anyone can use our libraries, but for full borrowing privileges, you need to be a member with a current library card. 


The Council owns and manages library buildings and services in Dannevirke, Eketahuna, Pahiatua and Woodville. The four community libraries are run as a single district-wide service. Books are loaned to the Pongaroa and Norsewood communities. Council’s principal library is located in Dannevirke and many functions are centralised there. Dannevirke manages the overall collection and ensures outlying collections are refreshed regularly.

Eketahuna Library is combined with the Council Service Centre and money exchange facility in one building. Woodville Library and Council Service Centre are combined in one building.

For branch addresses and contact numbers, see the Library Hours & Contact Details.

General Information

Where can I use my library card?
Present your library card to borrow at Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua or Eketahuna Libraries.

Loan period
Generally, you can borrow items for three weeks at a time, except for DVDs (one week).

You can re-issue the item twice (maximum), unless there is a hold on it. This can be done in person, over the telephone, by email, or yourself via online catalogue.

Overdue fees
Borrowing privileges will be suspended if any charges exceed $5.00 for adults or $2.50 for children. Click here for information about fees and charges for Tararua District Libraries.

Lost or missing library card
Please let the library know as soon as possible, so we can stop anyone else using it. Replacement cards can be purchased on presentation of identification.

Need more information? Email us!