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Older Adults Ngā Kaumātua

bookclubgroupHastings District Libraries offers a range of services for our Ngā Kaumātua, our Older Adults  in the community. Expand the headings below to see what our libraries can offer you.


As well as the general adult collections of fiction, non-fiction, best sellers, magazines, DVDs and CDs (CDs are in Hastings only), we have some special collections that may be helpful for older library users or those with visual impairment.  

Large Print

Even though the print is slightly larger (14-18 pt) to accommodate people who have difficulty reading ordinary print, many of our large print books are the same size to hold as regular books (10–12 pt). Browse in your favourite interests such as general fiction, romance, westerns, mystery and non-fiction titles.

Remember that you can also download free books on your digital device. Check out the eLibrary page for more details, or ask one of your librarians for advice. With eBooks it’s easy to change the size of the print, change contrast to a sepia or black background, or use different fonts which may be easier for you to read, such as the dyslexia font. eBooks return automatically, so you never get fined!

Audiobooks on CD

Slip CDs into your player and listen to a book either at home or on your car stereo. We have a wide range of mysteries, romance and popular fiction on CD as well as some non-fiction titles – and they’re all free to borrow for 2 weeks.


Playaway audio player books can hang round your neck on their lanyard, or go in your pocket - leaving you free to cook, garden, walk, DIY or feed a baby while listening. You will need to provide earphones and one AAA battery to run the Playaway (approx. 20-30 hours per battery). They are pre-loaded with one book - up to 80 hours of listening time - and some models allow you to speed up or slow down the reader’s voice.

Click here to see some of the new books and audiovisual resources we have in the Adult Area.

We want you to be able to access all parts of your library with ease, so there are some things that may help you get the most out of your visit.

Our friendly librarians are ready to help across all three libraries - from placing holds to phoning taxis we are here for you.

All three Hastings District libraries also offer:

  • Book shopping trolleys
  • Plenty of seating
  • Wide aisles
  • Wheelchair friendly toilets
  • Mobility Sticker parking spaces
  • Lift Access (Hastings only)


We can work with an organisation delivering support services to you - to see if they can broaden the range of services offered to include the library - e.g.: organising a book club with you and others; or bringing our Books at Home service to your retirement village. Ask our Older Adults Librarian if you have any queries about what services we may be able to help you with.

Hastings District Libraries have great resources to assist you in your genealogy research. Go to our Genealogy Collection page for a comprehensive list of resources we hold that you can access for free.

Genealogy Help

Every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5pm, volunteers from the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists Incorporated will be onsite at the Hastings Library to help with family history queries. This a free service.

Historical Research

Our Archives and Research and Local History Collection pages can be a useful place to start for any historical research you may want to begin.

Our Books at Home service provides library material on a regular basis for people of all ages, abilities and nationalities who are unable to come to the library. You may have ill health, a disability, or be recovering temporarily from an accident. You could be caring for someone at home, and unable to get to the library – there are many reasons to use our Books at Home service!

Books at Home is available free of charge to residents of Hastings District, dependent on location and availability of a volunteer courier or family member.

To be eligible for the service, you must:

  • Be home-bound in some way or
  • No longer drive a vehicle
  • A temporarily housebound status may be available if you are recovering from an illness or accident

So if you are home-bound or no longer have a drivers license (or are thinking about making that change) give us a call and we can talk about how Books at Home could work to keep you supplied with reading and information.

When you enroll, you will be interviewed in your own home to find out your reading tastes and how often deliveries will be made.  We will join you up if you are not already a library member.

Contact Hastings District Libraries on +64 06 871 5000, or send an email to the Older Adults Librarian for more information. 


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

Havelock North

Monday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm


Monday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

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