About us

About Auckland Libraries

Use your existing library card at any of the 55 library branches and 4 mobile libraries. Borrow and return items to any library from Wellsford to Waiheke to Waiuku.

Joining Auckland Libraries is free for residents and ratepayers of the Auckland Council region.


The future of Auckland Libraries   

Auckland Libraries is guided by Te Kauroa - Future Directions. Te Kauroa - Future Directions outlines what Auckland Libraries will focus on over the next 10 years and beyond. It describes the current state of libraries, the changes in our environment and our response to those changes.  


Our aspiration

Auckland Libraries: your place of imagination, learning and connection.


Auckland Library Heritage Trust

The Auckland Library Heritage Trust (ALHT) was formed in 1991 to assist Auckland City Libraries with the preservation, care and development of their collections.


A brief overview of Auckland Libraries

  • Auckland Libraries is the largest library group in Australasia.
  • Auckland Libraries has free lending collections and a small number of rental collections.
  • Library members can request an item from any of the libraries in Auckland Libraries for free.
  • There is free internet access at all libraries. Some libraries have wireless internet. Rules of use vary so check with your local library.
  • Events and programmes include Wriggle and Rhyme: Active Movement for Early Learning for babies; storytime for toddlers; book clubs for teens and adults; guest speakers and author talks; movie nights; school holiday programmes, computer learning classes and more.
  • Other services include multicultural and migrant services; research; meeting rooms and spaces; and more.
  • There are approximately 3.5 million items in the collection including fiction and non-fiction books, sheet music, CDs, DVDs, games, audio books, foreign language and reference materials. *
  • The Digital Library includes over 100 databases which provide access to the world’s information and e-audio books which can be downloaded.
  • Approximately 15 million items are borrowed from libraries during the year. These items are also returned, and then re-shelved, equating to 45 million handling transactions.*
  • Approximately 12 million people visit Auckland libraries during the year. They come to browse, borrow, read, use the internet, learn and find information, study, meet friends, attend an event or a computer skills class.*
  • Approximately 2.2 million internet and wireless internet sessions are used during the year.*
* Based on the 2012-2013 year information.
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