Training & Courses

Basic Computer Skills Course

Brush up on your computer skills at our free course of four sessions that includes:

  • Learn to identify your PC and its parts
  • Learn basic housekeeping, virus protection and software updates
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Email

Update! Classes are on hold while we set up the renovated Flaxmere Library.  You are welcome to leave your name for future classes by phoning Hastings Library.



IT Questions and Answers Sessions

It is quite a challenge to keep up-to-date with technology.  We are offering free individual instruction sessions at all three libraries.

Were you given a gadget for a present but are not sure how to use it? Having a problem using a computer programme, email, the internet, eBooks etc?  Book a one-to-one 45 minute session with a staff member.  Bring your questions, problems or gadgets.

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...

Unwanted mobile phone?

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 libraries in Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere and will be refurbished and then onsold, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Starship Hospital to fund care for sick children.  Read more...


Breakout Database

Did you miss the recent Breakout workshop at Hastings Library? Please note that this database is always available to use in our libraries and there is no charge.  If you would like to make an appointment for a quick introduction to using Breakout, you are most welcome to ring Fiona at Hastings Library 06 871 5180.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or grant! Do you or a member of your family need help searching for information on scholarships or grants?  Ask about searching Breakout.  This database is always available to use in our libraries and there is no charge. 

BreakOut is a searchable funding database from the Funding Information Service (FIS),  updated frequently. 

IRD Seminars

Starting a business?  Get it right from the start

Come to a free seminar to learn:

  • What tax you need to pay
  • How to calculate your tax
  • How to pay your tax online
  • How to work out your GST

Free seminars are being held by the Inland Revenue Department at Hastings Library, all from 10.30am to 12.00pm, upstairs in the Sir James Wattie Memorial Room.

Introduction to Business seminar
27 May 2014
01 July 2014

GST Seminar
29 May 2014
03 July 2014

To register your interest:

eBooks Demystified

Learn how to use our free eBook and downloadable Audiobook service.

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.

Ebooks and Audiobooks are available 24/7 from our website via ePukapuka Overdrive.

No late fees!

All you need is an Internet connection and your library card!

Introduction to iPad Class

Did you get an iPad for Christmas?  Come along to our free Introduction to IPad Class to be held at Hastings Library. 

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.


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