Library and Archive


The Masterton District Library and Archive provide the community with access to resources and activities for knowledge, information, education, recreation, entertainment and culture. 




Masterton District Library membership is free to all residents and ratepayers of the District. The library also offers subscription membership options to those outside the district at a cost of $120 per family. 

Resources provided by the Library include:

  • Books, CDs and DVDs, magazines, talking books, large print books and e-books for adults, youth and children.
  • Daily newspapers from around New Zealand.
  • Internet access, photocopying, faxing and scanning facilities.
  • Digital learning training courses in house and online.
  • Reader’s advisory services, and information & reference services are available from friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff.

Through the Library and the SMART libraries collaboration, Masterton residents and ratepayers have access to the 60,000 items in the Masterton Library collections and the 600,000 items held by the six libraries participating in the SMART collaboration. Masterton Library offers full access to the materials held in the SMART collection and you can search the catalogue online.

Opening Hours


Monday 10:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday 10:00am – 6:30pm
Friday 10:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday  9:30am – 1:00pm

Contact the Library


P O Box 444

54 Queen Street


P: 06 370 6253

F: 06 377 1195

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Wairarapa Archive


The Wairarapa Archive is the region’s number one heritage site, with a wide range of records and papers relating to the Wairarapa, and helpful and knowledgeable staff to assist with local and family history enquiries. It is part of, and situated opposite, the Masterton District Library and open weekdays from Monday to Friday 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

The Archive’s catalogue lists both physical and digital items, and can be searched online.

Nearly 20,000 images of Wairarapa are available for viewing from the comfort of your own home at the Picture Wairarapa site.

Looking for information on Wairarapa news from the past fifteen years?  All major local newspaper stories from the Wairarapa Times-Age and the Wairarapa News are indexed at the Wairarapa Newspapers site. Contact staff for copies of any stories.

Many of us want to catch up with aspects of our region, its places, its people and its natural events.  The staff at the Wairarapa Archive have written more than sixty stories, outlining aspects of the unique features that have made Wairarapa the great region it is today. They can be viewed in the Wairarapa Stories section of the library website.

If you are interested in family history, you will be wanting to discover where your local ancestors are buried. You can use our Wairarapa cemeteries search tool to locate graves. 

Those interested in family history should also plan a visit to the Wairarapa Archive, as the collection includes many genealogical resources and free access to



A wide variety of regular programmes are offered through the Library free of charge including:

  • Preschool sessions every Wednesday morning.
  • School holiday programmes.
  • Summer Reading Programme, Winter Warmers and Maths is fun for children and youth.
  • Seniors Celebrate monthly.
  • A monthly Book Club.
  • Special literary events and activities.

View and register for events online here.

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