​​​​​​​​​​​Library services are provided to respond to the literacy, recreational, information, learning and cultural needs of the community. 

Whanganui's libraries are a vast repository of information and complementary professional services are offered to ensure best use can be made of these resources.​

We provide this service via:​

  • A central library - the ‘ Davis’ at Queens Park.
  • The Alexander Heritage and Research Library - Te Rerenga Mai o Te Kāuru (where the nationally-renowned Wanganui Collection is housed, along with the Lovegrove Military Archive).
  • A suburban cafe library - 'Gonville Cafe Library' in the Gonville Centre, Abbot Street.
  • The Suzanne Aubert Library at Jerusalem. 
  • A Mobile Library, serving schools, rest homes, suburban and rural communities.
  • A web site -

Our services

  • A mobile library - ensuring the library is always out there, offering the best service possible to everyone in the District.
  • A vibrant, innovative web site - the Virtual Branch
  • Early childhood literacy programmes: Pukapukapēpe (for parents and newborns);Tusitala (story-telling and activity programme for preschoolers).
  • Programmes of regular visits for Kohanga Reo, primary schools, Kura Kaupapa.
  • ‘Leap Ahead!’ a dynamic support collection for emergent readers.
  • ​‘Te Taurawhiri’ Māori resource collection - includes books, magazines, videos, CDs, CD-ROM and whakapapa research resources.
  • A unique, in-depth collection of Heritage Material for Whanganui and New Zealand, including substantial 19th century holdings.
  • High interest DVD, CD-ROM, video and CD lending collections.
  • International, national and local newspapers, and a leading-edge, contemporary magazine collection.
  • Expert information advice and search facilities, including a comprehensive reference collection and support for homework, and public Internet access.
  • Dial-the-News facility for those who are sight-impaired.
  • Dynamic collections of children’s, teenage and adult novels, and excellent coverage of all areas of community and lifestyle information.


Central (Davis Library):​

Monday9.30am to 6pm
​​Tuesday9.30am to 6pm
Wednesday9.30am to 6pm
Thursday9.30am to 6pm
Friday9.30am to 6pm
Saturday10am to 5pm
Sunday10am to 3pm

Heritage (Alexander Library):​

Monday to Friday9.30am to 5pm.

Gonville Cafe Library:​

Monday to Friday​9am to 5pm
Saturday10am to 2pm​

Mobile library:

The Mobile Library is on the road for more than 40 hours weekly, with more than 30 scheduled stops.

Page reviewed: 28 Aug 2019 1:02pm