Hamilton New Zealand

Hamilton Library

This page contains information on the main Hamilton Library in the central city. If you are looking for information on one of the 5 other local libraries in Hamilton then please see our Hamilton City Libraries page.

Hamilton Library Opening hours

The Hamilton central city library is open from:

Mon to Fri: 9.00 - 8.30pm
Saturdays: 9.00 - 4.00pm
Sundays: 12.00 - 3.30pm

If you wish to contact the city library you can phone them on: (07) 838 6826 or email them on compro@hcc.govt.nz

Hamilton Library Map

The Hamilton Library is located at 9 Garden Place, Hamilton City. Its hard to miss the library building - its brightly coloured and is situated right beside the Garden Place park and near to the Hamilton I-Site.


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Hamilton Online Catalogue

Keeping up with technology, you can now search the Hamilton Library Catalogues online. The online searches cover books and also newspaper and editorial writings including from the local Waikato Times paper.

Library Catalogue Search

Newspaper and Journal Articles Search

Heritage Collection

The central Hamilton Library also houses the Heritage Collection which keeps records on Hamilton's history. There are thousands of photographs, documents and publications all on Hamilton. There are even maps of Hamilton dating back to the 1800s. From the 1940's there are aerial photos of Waikato showing the growth of the region.

You can view much of the collection using the library computer system where images have been digitised. At the click of a button, see photos of the city as it was. There are also a large number of historical books on Hamilton and New Zealand as a whole. The heritage collection really is a treasure trove of local Hamilton history.

About Hamilton Public Library

The Hamilton Public Library has been serving the local community for over 125 years. The library association was formed around 1870 and had its fair share of knock-backs in that time including burned buildings, stolen library funds and unpaid rents. The library was housed in the purpose built Carnegie Library for many decades. After outgrowing several spaces around the city over the years, the library moved to its current location on Garden Place in 1993.

You can learn more about the Hamilton Library by visiting their website

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