Books at Home

Our Books at Home service provides library material on a regular basis for people who, for reasons of ill health or disability, are unable to come to the library.

Fiction, non-fiction, large print books, talking books, music CDs, magazines, DVDs and videos may all be borrowed through the service.  Talking books are available in various formats: on tape, CD, MP3, Mb4 & Playaway.   Items issued on your Books at Home care are for your use only. 

If you are eligible to receive the Books at Home service please contact the Community Librarian at your library. You will be interviewed in your own home to find out your reading tastes, and to join you up if you are not already a library member.

You will be given a volunteer courier who will choose your books and bring them to you.

This service is free.

Volunteer Couriers

If you would like to help with the Books at Home service by being a courier for a housebound patron, please contact the Community Librarian at your library.  

Community Information

Information about local clubs and organisations can now be found on the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) website:


  • To search by Hawke's Bay only, click on the blue Change button, then North Island, the Region - Hawke's Bay. 
  • To search on Hastings and/or Napier, continue on to District/City and tick selections.
  • Save Selections, type in your search terms, then click on Search.


Please contact the Hastings CAB if you wish to add or change an entry on the CAB website.

Justices of the Peace - JPs

Please note JPs will not be available at the libraries over the holiday period. They will return to Hastings Library on Tuesday Jan 13.

Do you need help from a Justice of the Peace?  Local JPs are available in Hastings Library, Havelock North Library and Hastings Courthouse at the following times:

Hastings Library –  Tuesday afternoons, 2pm - 4pm (as part of the Information Marketplace).

Havelock North LibrarySaturday mornings, 10am - 12 noon (Community Room)  Read more... 

Volunteering Hawke's Bay

Are you keen to Volunteer?  Bronwyn, Volunteering Hawkes Bay’s Community Liaison Coordinator, is in Hastings Library on Tuesdays between 2 and 4pm to chat about volunteering.  On the first Tuesday of the month Bronwyn will be in Flaxmere Library from 11am to 1pm.

Volunteering Hawkes Bay refers individuals to voluntary positions that provide the volunteer opportunities to gain work experience, gain new skills and ideas, improve language skills, meet new people and offer a chance to make a difference in the community.  We offer over 140 volunteering opportunities with 75 organisations in HB in the areas of the environment, youth and elderly, health, special needs, education, animals, practical help, administration, governance, IT, retail, sport, mentoring, events, op shops, street collecting and one off events.

For all volunteer opportunities go to and click on job search to register online. 

Contact us on 833 6691, email or call into the Hastings Library on Tuesday between 2-4pm.  Also available in Flaxmere Library on the first Tuesday of each month between 11am-1pm.

Community Noticeboards

All three libraries have noticeboards for community notices and posters.

To display these, please ask at the desk for the Community Librarian.

You may also post notices and posters to:

The Community Liaison and Promotions Co-ordinator, Private Bag 9002, Hastings 4156.  Please send three copies if you would like these displayed in all three libraries.

Our noticeboards are not used for:

  • Commercial advertisements
  • Private advertisements, e.g. flatmate wanted
  • Party political material
  • Religious material, apart from event notices or services to the community

Hastings Statistics

Statistics New Zealand gathers comprehensive data on many aspects of our region.

Visit their website to find the latest economic, social and demographic statistics for Hastings District and Hawke's Bay.

2013 Census

StatsMaps at Has latest Census results and allows you to click on a Region, Territorial Authority, Area Unit or stats.


2006 Census - QuickStats about the Hawke's Bay region>>

2006 Census - QuickStats about the Hastings District>>

New Zealand Geographic areas:

2006 Cenus


Petitions may be made available for the public to sign, in all three libraries.

These must be approved by Paula MurdochDistrict Libraries Manager.

Petition organisers are responsible for the maintenance and collation of pages.  

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