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New Auckland fiction reference collection

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We're excited to have our first standalone reference collection of Auckland fiction at Research Central, Level 2, Central City Library.

Fiction lovers can browse the Kōrero paki nō Aotearoa/Local Fiction Collection seven days a week, and visitors to the city can find a pathway into our culture through our stories.

Whilst focusing on Auckland fiction, the collection also includes work from wider New Zealand with an emphasis on Māori, Pacific and Asian NZ writers.

Local gems include short story writer O.E. Middleton's 1972 collection The Loners – with each story beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Ralph Hotere. We also have a complete set of the New Women’s Fiction anthologies first published in Auckland in the 1980s. These were important counters to the lack of publishing opportunities for women writers in literary journals and major anthologies at that time. Aorewa McLeod, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Vivienne Plumb are some of the many voices found in these volumes.


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Waitangi Day closures

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All our libraries will be closed on Tuesday 6 February for Waitangi Day, with the exception of Botany Library, which will be open from 10am - 5.30pm.

Looking for information or a relaxing read? Our online resources will be available 24/7, as usual.

Check out our online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and more!

Auckland Anniversary Day closures

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All our libraries will be closed on Monday 29 January for Auckland Anniversary Day, with the exception of Botany Library, which will be open from 10am - 5.30pm.

Looking for information or a relaxing read? Our online resources will be available 24/7, as usual.

Check out our online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and more!

OverDrive downloads reach 4 million!

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Checkouts from Auckland Libraries’ main digital reading platform, Overdrive, reached 4 million this month, making us some of the biggest digital library borrowers in the world.

Auckland Libraries is now eighth in the world for Overdrive checkouts, and one of only two libraries outside of the United States to hit 4 million checkouts. We join Toronto Public Library, New York Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, King County Library System, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Boston Public Library and National Library Board Singapore in the 4 million club.

Since November 2013, over 78,800 people have checked out at least one eBook from Auckland Libraries' Overdrive collection and this figure continues to grow, hitting an average of 27,543 eBooks borrowed per week this November.

Catherine Frew, Auckland Libraries Head of Content and Access, is delighted to see Aucklanders' eBook borrowing grow and attributes this to Auckland Libraries’ innovative approach to their digital offer…

Library holiday hours

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Summer in Auckland is even better with a book! All libraries will be open throughout the holidays except for public holidays: Monday 25 December (Christmas Day), Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day), Monday 1 January (New Year’s Day) and Tuesday 2 January, with the exception of Botany Library and Great Barrier Island Library.Botany Library will be open throughout the holiday period and close only on Christmas Day.
Botany Library will be open on Tuesday 26 December, 9.30am – 5.30pm (Boxing Day), Monday 1 January, 10am - 5.30pm, and Tuesday 2 January, 10am - 5.30pm.Great Barrier Island Library is closed from midday Friday 22 December to Sunday 7 January.Mobile libraries are closed from Saturday 23 December. Regular schedule resumes Monday 8 January 2018.
Extended loans will apply to all borrowed items from the end of November through to mid-January. See here for more details on extended loan periods.
For more details ask at your local library or visit the Auckland Libraries website.

Christmas holidays loan rules

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Auckland Libraries loan periods for books, DVDs and magazines will change over the summer holidays.

From Saturday 25 November you will be able to check out certain items for a longer period of time to accommodate reduced hours during the Christmas holiday period.

These changes will continue to roll out in December.

Loan rules for Nov 2017- Jan 2018
From 25 November - 28 day loans become 42 day loans From 9 December - 14 day loans become 28 day loans From 16 December - 7 day loans become 14 day loans From 6 January - 28 day loans go back to normal From 13 January - 14 day loans go back to normal From 20 January - 7 day loans go back to normal

Labour Day Closures

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All our libraries will be closed on Monday 23 October for Labour Day.

Looking for information or a relaxing read? Our online resources will be available 24/7, as usual.

Check out our online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and more!