Mobile Phones

Not sure how to use your mobile phone? Book in for a FREE mobile phone lesson at one of our libraries!

Sessions are under a half hour each, so covering all topics may take more than one session, depending on your needs.

Ask at the desk about these sessions - we have staff who can show you how to use your mobile.  Read more...

Computer Access & Policies

Hastings District Libraries provide access to email, the internet, word processing and online databases at all three libraries.  Some services are free, some are chargeable.

Printing in black & white and colour, and scanning is available.


eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are available Hastings District Libraries, through ePukapuka Overdrive, the Lower North Island Digital Library Group consortium.

Click on Read more... for some answers, including:

  • What is an eReader?
  • Which eReader should I buy?
  • Considerations when choosing an eReader
  • Sources for checking out eReaders / Incompatible with OverDrive? 


All three libraries have EFTPOS facilities at the Issues desks.

Hastings and Havelock North Libraries have EFTPOS at the Self Check Machines (for charges under $10).

Payment of library charges may be made by EFTPOS.

We cannot give change except for a small amount for photocopying or printing.

We do not accept payment by credit card.


A public fax service is available in all three libraries. 


Sending - Local and 0800 numbers: $1.00 per page
Sending - National calls: $2.00 per page
Sending - International calls: $3.00 per page

Receiving - $1.00 per page

Microfilm and Microfiche Readers

2 Microfilm and 3 Microfiche Readers are available upstairs in Hastings Library.

There are 2 Canon 800 Microfilm Readers with the following services:

  • Use both microfilm and microfiche
  • A range of lenses
  • Print A4 or A3 (50c per copy)
  • Save to USB memory stick
  • Burn a CDRom

Ask at the Reference Desk to use these two machines.

The other Microfiche Readers may be used as required, although staff are available to assist. 


All three libraries have photocopies available for public use.  These are self service, although staff can assist if needed.


  • A4: 20c per side - black and white
  • A3: 40c per side - black and white

Ask at the desk for colour copying:

  • A4: $3.00 per side - colour
  • A3: $4.00 per side - colour

Enlarging and reducing are available.


Self Issue Machines

Self Issue Machines are available at Hastings and Havelock North Libraries.

Please ask for a demonstration if you would like to learn how to use these machines.

Unwanted mobile phones support Starship Hospital.

Auckland’s Starship children’s hospital is to benefit from the collection of unwanted mobile phones in Hastings.

The phones are being collected at the Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere Libraries and will be refurbished and then onsold, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Starship Hospital to fund care for sick children. 

Wifi at HCL Hotspot

Wireless internet is available at Hastings Library, using our HCL Hotspot.

Access is via prepay Hotspot tickets which can be purchased at the Reference desk upstairs (cash only) or at the Issue Desk downstairs (cash or EFTPOS).

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