Libraries Horowhenua holds a collection of books, magazines, audio books, and DVDs which are available for lending. We also have newspapers and reference resources which can be accessed online or used when visiting one of our branches.

If you can't find what you're looking for, please ask us or email

We also welcome suggestions of what we could buy for the collection - view our Catalogue page for more information.

In addition to general recreational collections we have a number of special interest collections. These include:

  • Local and family history resources
  • Maori Land Court Otaki Minute Books
  • Telephone directories
  • Electoral rolls
  • Consumer magazine.


We keep all of our collections fresh and up to date and the children's library is no exception. Within the children's section there are picture books to share with younger children, including books by New Zealand authors, and a growing collection of picture books in Te Reo Maori and Pacific Island languages.

Children's fiction ranges from the first readers to full length novels for the more advanced reader, and a wide range of subjects are covered by non-fiction books written for children. We also have a good Children's reference section for use within our libraries.


We have a great collection of fiction and non-fiction for young adults in all of our branches. Don't forget to check out the magazines and graphic novels available too!

Te Ao Maori

Te Ao Maori is a comprehensive collection of books relating to Te Ao Māori - the Māori World. This collection contains tribal histories, Māori language resources, information on the Treaty of Waitangi, issues before the Māori land court and magazines.

Large Print

Our collection of large print books is especially valued by our senior library members and we are continually building this collection.

Audio Books

We have a core collection of audio books which belong to our library and we also have a rotating collection from the National Library. The National Library audiobook collection is changed regularly so there should always be something new for you here.


Get into a bit of nostalgia with some classic old films and TV programmes. Some of these films have sub titles for people who have hearing problems.


We have a wide range of titles on all subjects, from gardening to genealogy, the economist to photography, health and fitness to fine arts and craftwork. Come and have a browse - there is sure to be something to please.

Electronic Databases / eResources

We subscribe to a number of electronic reference resources which you can access using your library card. Most of these are available for you to access anywhere at any time of the day.

View our Databases

Some resources, such as are only available for use within our branches.