Library and Archive

The Masterton District Library and Archive provides the community with access to resources and activities for knowledge, information, education, recreation, entertainment and culture. The Library has materials and services to support the lifestyles and life stages of Masterton community.

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Masterton District Library provides a range of resources to residents and 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. Find out more about how to join the library on their website.

Resources provided by the Library include:


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


Monday10:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday10:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday10:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday10:00am – 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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A wide variety of regular programmes are offered through the Library free of charge:

  • 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.

 Library and Archive

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