Hastings Library


Hastings District Libraries include three branches:

Flaxmere Library >>

Hastings War Memorial Library >>

Havelock North Library >>

Click the links above to find out more about each branch.

For Hastings District Library news....

Children's Birthday Parties at Hastings Library

You can now host your child's birthday party at Hastings Library! We provide the venue, storytime, activities and games for your partygoers.


Hastings Library Contacts

Postal address
Hastings Library
Private Bag 9002
Hastings 4156

Street address
Cnr Eastbourne St East & Warren Street South

Phone (06) 871 5180
Fax (06) 871 5181
Email libraries@hdc.govt.nz


Hastings Library Hours

Normal opening hours

Monday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday   9.00am - 8.00pm
Wednesday   9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday   9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday   9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday   1.00pm - 4.00pm


Book Clubs - Hastings

Hastings Library hosts fun book clubs for ethusiastic adults, teens and children.

Discuss what you've been reading and view our new books!

Hastings Library - A War Memorial

Hastings War Memorial Library

Photo: Peter McIntyre designed the etched glass panels and marble stone in the Hall of Memories.

The words on the stone are, "Our freedom is bought with a price that others paid. As you pass through here, remember."

"The appeal for war memorial funds languished until 1952 and much debate and controversy ensued over the form the war memorial would take. At this stage the funds for the war memorial were handed over to the Borough Council so it could obtain a government subsidy on offer by the required date. A proposed change of site was put forward due to increased costs involved in acquiring the necessary land on Civic Square, first to Queen's Square, then to Cornwall Park. A public outcry ensued as, for amongst other reasons, Civic Square had been regarded as the "memorial square" for over 30 years.

Finally at a public meeting of contributors to the fund, a resolution was reached by an overwhelming majority, for a War Memorial Library to be built on Civic Square."

Hastings War Memorial Library - History Highlights

From a free reading room to computerised services, the Hastings Library has evolved over many years. Our buildings have been built, fallen down (literally), moved, rebuilt and extended, to provide a much used community service in the heart of Hastings.

Photo: The old Hastings Library building in Market Street South, destroyed in the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.

Holiday Programmes - Hastings Library

Hastings Library has programmes of stories, crafts and enterainment during school holidays.

See Holiday Programmes for dates and times.

All welcome to come along.

Photos and video clips of previous programmes can be seen on our Flickr site:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdlibraries


Join us in the Childrens' Sections for stories and crafts!

Havelock North Library - Wednesday 10.30am (term time only)

Flaxmere Library - Thursday 10.30am (term time only)

Hastings Library - Wednesday 10.30am (term time only) & Sunday 2.00pm.

All welcome.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 

The library may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in our promotional material.

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 www.stats.govt.nz/statsmaps/home.aspx- 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 www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Geographic-areas.aspx

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