Library facilities and structure
The Library has a Main Room for adult fiction and non-fiction, a separate Children’s Room, Reference Room and Large Print and Jigsaws Room. Public Internet access is available.
The Library also acts as an Information Centre in that we have brochures and maps for many places and activities in the area and a large Lands & Survey map of the former Hokianga County area, which is much appreciated by all.
The Library enjoys the support of the FNDC through the use of the buildings and the loan collections. Income for all purchases is through annual subscriptions, donations, grants and fund-raising activities. There is a paid librarian (through COGS and Lotteries Commission funding) who manages the day-to-day operations, banking, buying and cataloguing and who is supported by the Rawene Library Support Committee, a group of volunteers who apply for funding, hold fund-raising activities, undertake ‘makeover’ projects to improve the building and the operations, and assist with materials and information needed to run the Library.
There has been a library in the area since the late 1800s. The current library enjoys great support from the people of Rawene and the surrounding area. It is a place to feel relaxed and welcome, borrow items, use the internet, do research or just sit down and have a chat.
Wednesday & Thursday mornings 9.00 – 12.00, Saturday morning
9.00 – 1.00 and Wednesday evenings
5.30 – 7.30
The Large Print room (Court Offices) has our stock of books and also contains a similar Loan Collection from the Council of Large Print books. We have an extensive jigsaw collection available for borrowing and always have jigsaw set out on a table in the Reference Room for all to have a go at. The Public Internet computer and printer are in this room as are the counter and book returns. Visitors and locals alike are welcome to use the facilities, make themselves comfortable on the easy chairs, work at one of the tables, or, as mentioned, take a spell and do a bit of the jigsaws.