The new Paeroa Library is officially open
What a party! And what a great community space!
Paeroa's new Library and Streetscape is officially open. Come down to check it out.
More photos of the opening will be available soon.
26 April 2017
Blessed and open for browsing
Following a dawn blessing by local Kaumatua Larn Wilkinson this morning (Monday 1 May), Paeroa's new library is open for browsing from 10am. Come on down and try out our comfy couches, cool kid's corner and computer suite!
Celebrate with us at the Official Opening and Street Party this Friday at 3pm. Details below.
16 March 2017
View more photos in the picture gallery
The inside story on the new Paeroa Library
Check out plans, pictures and project updates on our website. You can also view the plans at the current Paeroa Library, Paeroa Council Office and Paeroa Information Hub.
In case you’re wondering…
- The new library will have public toilets and a baby changing station.
- There will be no parking onsite, but plenty of parks will be available on nearby streets.
- Disability parking will be provided directly in front of the library entrance.
- We will gauge the need for designated mobility scooter parking once the library is open.
Frequently Asked Questions about the new Paeroa Library
When will the new library be open?
All going to plan you should be browsing our new book shelves by the middle of March.
Will it be similar to the Waihi Library?
In some ways. The main difference between the two libraries is that the Waihi Library is also a Council Service Centre, which means it is slightly bigger than the Paeroa version which is a library only.
Will free computer and wifi services still be available?
What hours will it be open?
The new library hours will be the same as the current library
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 4.30pm
Fri: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sat: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Will it have public toilets and a baby changing station?
Will it be two storey?
Where can I see plans and pictures of the finished building?
Plans, pictures and project updates are available here on our website. Go to the New Paeroa Library photo gallery for photos or click on the image for the floor plan below. You can also view them at the current Paeroa Library, Paeroa Council Office and Paeroa Information Hub.
What is wrong with the current library?
Basically, we need more room. The new library will be 455m2, which is almost double the size of the current one. This means we’ll be able to stock more books and provide more space for our customers. The current library will be used by the Council as office space.
Where will people park?
There is plenty of parking available on nearby streets. Disability parking will be provided directly in front of the library entrance. We will gauge the need for designated mobility scooter parking once the library is open.
Dawn of a new library era
Our councillors, librarians and community services staff don’t usually turn out at 6.26am, but a number did just that, for the dawn blessing of Paeroa’s new library site exactly an hour before sunrise.
Tangata whenua rangatira Larn Wilkinson led the way round the perimeter of the Mackay Street site, offering karakia and sprinkling water on the ground to symbolically bind together all the elements there and remove any friction.
Mayor John Tregidga said the new library will be a great asset to the community, just like the Waihi library that opened two years ago. He especially acknowledged the groundwork of Councillor Julie Bubb, who has been a longtime force behind the project and will “see it started” before retiring from her role at election time.