Kaikoura District Library

 The Kaikoura District Library is located on the first floor of the Civic Centre building. It has available a wide range of reading material, community documents and learning facilities/opportunities. 

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Where are we?   

Library scene

Level 1, 96 West End, Kaikoura

Phone: 03 319 6280

Email: books@kdclibrary.co.nz

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KaikouraDistrictLibrary/

Shared working space at Kaikoura District Library

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Fire Library

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday 10am-1.00pm 
Late night Thursday til 7pm (during daylight saving hours only). 

Closed Public Holidays

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What's on?

Library kids area

Toddler Time!  Mondays 10.20-11.30am during school term time

Stepping Up A free, community based service to help adults build their basic computer skills. Courses include Trademe, Word, Google Drive, Photobooks, Facebook, Youtube, Computer basics, Google and the internet, Email and Pinterest!

Yoga Wednesday 5.30pm. $5 per person

Needlework Group Tuesdays (every 2nd and 4th of the month) 1-4pm. Free to attend!

Family History Wednesdays 11am-12pm drop-in sessions. Use the computers and get assisstance and access to the Ancestry search database.

Games Afternoon Wednesdays 1-3pm, bring your own board game or borrow the Library's. 

Toy Library great selection of children's toys and puzzles available.

Library kids area

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Loans and returns


Items may be returned through the book return slot located near the main doors of the Civic Centre on the ground floor.

Loan Period

 21 days unless otherwise stated. Some magazines and DVDs are 7 day loan period.

Items may be renewed twice providing they are not reserved for another borrower. Any rental or overdue charges will be payable on your next visit.

Fiction Rental Fees

Red dot (new) books are $2 per 3 week issue.

Yellow dot books are $1 per 3 week issue.

We don’t charge for NZ fiction, magazines, biographies, all Non Fiction or children’s and teens’ books.


Membership is free if you are a permanent resident of Kaikoura or $45 annual subscription if you live elsewhere.

Photo proof of ID and another form of proof of address e.g. power bill or bank statement is required to join. You will be issued a library card on the same day and can start borrowing straight away. Please keep your card safe and remember to bring it with you at each visit.

Lost or damaged cards can be replaced for a small fee.


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What's available at the Library?

 Books and magazines

Inter-library loan – we can borrow an item from another NZ library on your behalf *charges apply

Digital/internet/computer stuff

Online Public Access Computer enabling you to search the library database

Other stuff

Photocopying (B&W or Colour), printing, scanning and laminating

Second hand books and magazines for sale

Scholarship database that you can browse through, using your Library card. More here 

Kaikoura District Council and Regional Council documents including council meeting agendas and electoral rolls.

Talking books

Large print books

Internet and Email access *charges may apply


Toy Library, puzzles and children’s programmes


Word and Excel 

Book covering & minor repairs *charges apply

Reserves system to hold that special book for you when it is returned from another borrower   Local History - Kaikoura collection

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Overdue charges:

Children & young adults $0.10c per day per item

Adults $0.20c per day per item

DVDs $1 per day per item

Other fees


Reserve fee $1 per item

Toys $1-2 per item per week

DVDs $2-4 per item per week

Rental Fiction Red dot - $2.00

Rental Fiction Yellow dot - $1.00

Replacement library cards $5

Full replacement cost will be charged for any lost or damaged items.

This may also incur an administration fee. 


15 mins $2

30 mins $3

60 mins $6







A4 - Black & white .20c          

A4- Colour $2.00          

A3 - Black & White .40c

A3- Colour $4.00


A4 - $1.50  

A3 - $3.00



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