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You can fill in our online membership form or visit your local library. We'd like to see two forms of identification, one with your signature e.g. bankcard, drivers licence and one with your address on it e.g. bank statement, telecom bill etc.
Anyone is able to use the resources in our libraries at no charge. Members can borrow books and magazines at no charge. Overdue charges apply if items are returned after the due date. DVDs are $2 to borrow. There are also charges for reserving items popular items ($1) and other services such as inter-library loan ($6.20) and database searches we do on your behalf. Please check with us if you have any questions about what charges may apply to services you are interested in or see Fees and Charges.
Membership of the Hurunui Libraries is open to everyone.
Your library membership will remain active provided you use it at least once every 2 years. Every two years we will check that we have your correct contact details.
Hurunui District Libraries catalogue is available at Amberley, Hawarden, Cheviot, Amuri, and Hanmer Springs libraries. You can also access the catalogue on-line from your computer at home. You can search, reserve and renew items using your card details to log-in.
The catalogue contains all items held at the Hurunui District Libraries.
You may borrow up to 20 items at a time on your card.
Books and audio books are issued for three weeks, CDs, magazines, videos and DVDs for one week. You may borrow and return items to any of our libraries.
Renewals are possible if there are no other customers waiting for the item you have. You can visit one of our libraries to renew an item, you can renew items by telephone or via your customer record on our online catalogue. Go to the log in page of our online catalogue, put in your customer barcode and away you go!
You can place a reserve on it. We will ring or text you when it is available. You can reserve items by phone, by completing a card at one of our libraries or by using our online catalogue.
We can try and get it from another library in New Zealand for you. This service is known as 'inter-library loan' or 'interloan'. There is a fee for each book or magazine article we obtain for you. We do also take recommendations for purchase and these are evaluated by staff who have responsibility for selecting items for the collection. Talk to your local librarian or complete the online form.
Yes, Internet access is available FREE at Amberley, Hawarden, Cheviot, Amuri and Hanmer Springs libraries through the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa. There is FREE 24/7 WiFi at Amberley, Cheviot and Hanmer Springs Libraries.
If you bring the book into one of our libraries we can issue it to you - unless it has been reserved by another customer.
Yes, we charge adults (18yrs and over) $1.00 per week per overdue items (max $3 per item). If you owe more than $9 or your charges are more than 9 weeks old you won't be able to borrow or place holds until payment is made. Charges for overdue items can be found here.
Yes - we will ask you to pay the replacement cost of the item. This is based on the retail price when we purchased the item. If the purchase price was below $20, a minimum charge of $20.50 will apply. If you are able to purchase a replacement of the exact title for the library then no replacement fee applies.
Yes, all our libraries except Greta Valley, Waiau and Leithfield have a photocopying service where you may do your own photocopying, and staff will help you if you require assistance. Photocopying charges are listed here.
Yes you can! There's a website for that. https://anyquestions.govt.nz/