Hastings War Memorial Library

Holiday Programmes

School Holidays

All three libraries hold programmes of stories, crafts and entertainment during school holidays.

We'll soon be running the July School Holiday Programme. Have a look and see what you like!

Hastings War Memorial Library Contacts

Street Address Postal Address
cnr Eastbourne and Warren Streets Hastings Library
Hastings Private Bag 9002
  Hastings 4156
Phone Fax Email
(06) 871 5000 (06) 871 5181 libraries@hdc.govt.nz



Hastings War Memorial Library Hours


Monday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
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!

  • Wine, Books and More meets 5:30pm on the third Tuesday of each month.
  • Hastings Library Book Chat meets 10:30am on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Hastings YA Book Club meets 3.45pm every second Thursday (term time only).
  • Hastings YA Writing Club meets 3.45pm every second Thursday (term time only).
  • Make, Create, Do meets 3.30pm - 4.30pm every second Thursday (excluding summer holidays).

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.


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. 

We may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in Council promotional material.

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