Kaikōura District Library (Whare Pukapuka)

The Kaikōura District Library (whare pukapuka) is located on the first floor of the Civic Centre building. The whare pukapuka has a wide range of reading material, community documents and learning facilities/opportunities available and regularly hosts community events and activities.

This page contains information about our whare pukapuka, becoming a member, information about membership including the online database, what's available at the whare pukapuka and fees and charges. 


Our Whare Pukapuka

Where are we? Level 1, 96 West End, Kaikōura

When are we open? Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm, Saturday: 10am-1.00pm
Closed all Public Holidays

Phone: 03 319 6280

Email: books@kdclibrary.co.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KaikouraDistrictLibrary


Whare Pukapuka Membership

It's easy to become a member of the library and membership is free for residents.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy our free internet and computer access, events and digital services on offer.

Digital Services and Internet Access


Setting up eBooks can vary from device to device and in some instances you may need another application to browse the eBooks we have available. Please see below for a step by step guide to most devices to help get you started. We understand technology can be a bit of a pain sometimes, even if you are following instructions, so if you require more assistance please pop into the Library and ask a staff member to help you get set up.


The Library now has Press Reader - with access to thousands of different magazines and newspapers from New Zealand and all over the world!

Community Groups and Events

The Kaikōura District Library has a heap of events, there's something for everyone, young and old and somewhere in the middle. 
If you would like to use the space for your community group or event please contact us on 03 319 6280. 
To stay up to date on the latest events and happenings follow us on Facebook

Youth Activities

The Kaikōura District Library is always keen to hear new ideas for youth activities. If you have an idea or an activity you would like to run in the library please contact us on 03 319 6280. 
To stay up to date on the latest events and happenings follow us on Facebook

Careers Corner

Check out our Careers Corner in the far right corner of the Library.
We have information on local and overseas jobs, CV assistance and Career Advice.

Family History/Ancestry

Help by appointment on Wednesdays in the library.
Call 319 6280 to make your appointment or email books@kdclibrary.co.nz.

Looking for Funding/Scholarships

Having a membership card for Kaikōura District Library gives you access to the Generosity New Zealand Funding Database. You'll need to come into the library to access this database through the library membership. 

The Council also has Community Grants that you can apply for, click here for more information.

Fees and Charges

8 December 2020