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Library and Archive


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 or download the free app which lets you reserve items, check out books and search the catalogue from your phone.

No Internet Connection?

Contact the team at Masterton Library for Skinny jump. It’s free, there’s no contract and the modem can be delivered to your door. All you have to do is plug it in and you can use the internet from $5 per 30GB.

Also join the Library for free and access our online resources including e-books, te ao Māori resources, children’s story box, Pressreader (national and international newspapers/magazines), Beamafilm (movies and documentaries) and more, all free with your library membership.

If you need help, just call us on 06 370 6253, email [email protected] or send us a message on Facebook.

Opening Hours


Monday 09:30am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 09:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 09:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday 09:30am – 6:30pm
Friday 09:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday  09:30am – 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

Accessing the Archive

The Wairarapa Archive Reading Room is open to visitors from 1pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

For further information, please email: [email protected] or call us on 06 370 6311


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 and Winter Warmers for children and youth.
  • A monthly Book Club.
  • Device advice sessions for Seniors
  • The Gathering
  • Weekly Community Hub for Digital seniors
  • Special literary events and activities.

View and register for events online here.

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