In this section
With more than 400,000 physical lending and reference items on offer, we provide you with access to a great range of books, DVDs, archives, magazines, and newspapers.
Borrowable items are issued free to members for 28 days, excluding magazines, DVDs and best sellers which are issued for 7 days. An item normally stays at the library where it was returned until it is borrowed again. This way, new stock moves around the libraries, ensuring that each library has a constantly changing and updated collection.
For children, in addition to our story and non-fiction books, we have puzzles, DVDs, CDs, magazines, board books for babies, readers, talking books, graphic novels, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.Children's collections
The Adult DVD collection ranges from popular blockbuster films, music, art house, TV series, through to practical health, hobby and travel guides.DVD collection
Think of all the things you could do if you only had a tool kit or a sewing machine. The Kit Collection is all about taking the time to learn something new or to dust off an existing skill or maybe even gain a new hobby.Kit Collection
Our magazine collection covers a wide range of titles, from Apollo and Car to Your Home and Garden. Most magazines are free to borrow and back issues of Pay Magazines become free after four months use.Magazine collection
The Adult collection also include graphic novels with over 1,000 titles available for lending.Adult Graphic novels
Teens collectionTeens collections
Our World Languages collection contains over 3,000 books for adults and hundreds of children's books in over 30 different languages. The largest collections are Chinese, Korean and Japanese. We have magazines in Chinese, Hindi, Tamil and Korean.World Language collection
Keen on listening to a thrilling novel on your way to the dentist? Keen for an adventure while lying in bed? We offer a large talking book collection which will appeal to many people and particularly those who find it difficult to read traditional books due to sight impairment or other physical limitations.Talking Book collection
Tangata Whenua/Maaori History
We maintain a lending collection of 1,000+ titles plus a further 4,700+ titles in the Heritage (non-lending) collection on Maaori topics.Maaori collections
Our Heritage collections include archives, oral histories, manuscripts, over 15,000 historic photographs, ephemera and a wide range of books and magazines. The collections focus on Hamilton and the Waikato but also include New Zealand and a limited amount of international material.Ngaa Koorero Tuku Iho - Heritage and Archives
Daily copies of the New Zealand Herald and the Waikato Times, are available at all Hamilton libraries. Level 1 of Central Library also holds the Bay of Plenty Times, The Press, Otago Daily Times. The Hamilton Press is also regularly available. The Heritage section on Level 3 holds the Waikato Times back to 1872, most of which are on microfilm.
The library has an extensive range of manuals to help you undertake machinery and vehicle repair. We have Haynes, Chilton’s, Ellery’s and Gregory’s manuals for car tuning and repair covering most common makes from Austin to Wolseley for older cars, and Audi to Volvo for modern vehicles. Truck maintenance is also covered.Motor Manual collection
Our music score collection of over 1400 titles covers a broad range including current popular music, classical works, children's music, Christmas carols, and folk music. We have scores to help those learning musical instruments and to provide supplementary material for music examinations and school curriculum.Music Score collection