The old library will close its doors on Saturday 22 April. Grand opening of the new library 3pm Friday 5 May.
An unexpected twist in the plot…
Last week we told you the old Paeroa Library was closing this Saturday (18 March). Since then we’ve had an unexpected change of plans!
Due to a number of factors, including last week’s weather bomb, the old Paeroa library will now close its doors on Saturday 22 April.
This means the old library will be open for business as usual for the next five weeks.
We can also confirm the Grand Opening of our brand new library will be at 3pm on Friday 5 May.
Our apologies for any inconvenience or confusion these changes may have caused.
As Robert Burns once famously penned in an apology to a mouse whose nest he upturned while ploughing a field in 1786, “the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, often go awry…”
We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you in our new library soon!
View moe 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.