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Library Resources

Click each category below to see the resources we have available in each of our libraries.


Hot Picks

Our hottest titles are in one easy-to-find spot in each library, whether they are fiction or non-fiction books.  Having all our highly popular/bestseller items together makes it easy for you to find a guaranteed enjoyable read even when you are in a hurry. This collection offers customers excellent value, $5 compared with the much higher cost of purchasing the item and with a 2 week issue period due to their popularity.

Our library staff monitor the popularity of titles and condition of the books regularly, with an average time for a title to remain in the Hot Pick Collection of 6 months.

Discover Hot Pick titles in our catalogue

Talking Books

Any print-disabled customers are welcome to borrow our collection of talking books (including special talking books supplied by National Library) free of charge. For our general customers, rental fees may apply.
Discover our latest talking book titles on our catalogue


We no longer have an active separate DVD collection. Some DVDs are interfiled in our non-fiction and fiction collections. 

We do subscribe to Hoopla Digital and this allows you to borrow/download movies, TV-series, documentaries or listen to music from home with your library card. Visit our eBooks, eAudiobooks &eMovies page for more information on how to get started with Hoopla.

Find DVDs in our online catalogue
Newspapers and Magazines
Three newspapers


The following newspapers are available in the library:
New Zealand Herald & Waikato Times: current and previous month
Scene Matamata: current and previous 2 months. Digital copies of older issues are available by request from The Scene directly
Morrinsville & Te Aroha News: current and previous 2 months. If you know which issue you are after you can also request to look at them at Morrinsville & Te Aroha News offices directly
Matamata Chronicle: current and previous 2 months, 2007 onwards available online via Pressreader
Piako Post: current and previous 2 months. Bound copies of 1939-2017 issues available at Morrinsville Library and 2007 onward issues also available online via Pressreader

We also subscribe to PressReader which gives access to hundreds of national and international newspapers and magazines on your PC or mobile device.


Our libraries have a range of print magazines. We also subscribe to PressReader which gives access to hundreds of newspapers and magazines on your PC or mobile device.

Local and Council Information

Local History

Our Libraries have a range of books, news paper articles, DVD’s and more with information about our local history. If you are interested in how we got here, the events that happened on the way and the people that made it all happen, our Local History section is the place to go. Please see a Librarian to point you in the right direction and help you with your search.

On the hunt for more local history why not one of the museums in the district:

Morrinsville Museum

Morrinsville Museum have a range of permanent exhibitions and short term displays that you can explore and learn the important moments in Morrinsville's history.

The museam can help you find answers about the area and local families using information from files of material donated by residents or relations, a microfiche search, a microfilm search, or a search in Papers Past. The first half hour of research is free and thereafter $12.00 per hour. 

Te Aroha Museum

Te Aroha Museum have a range of permanent exhibitions and short term displays that you can explore and learn the important moments in Te Aroha's history. They hold over 145000 items in their collections ranging from objects, photo's, archives, local newspapers and books, including historical information on local houses, gold claim maps and cemetery records. 

They can help you with your research of a $20/hour fee.

Matamata - Firth Tower

Discover our local history collection on our catalogue

Council Documents & Electoral Rolls

Most Matamata-Piako Council & Waikato Regional Council documents, such as bylaws, agendas and minutes for council meetings can be found online. If you are having trouble finding information please ask our staff. 

The library do have some physical copies of Waikato Regional Council plan change submissions available 

Local Electoral Rolls & Telephone Books are also available at each branch. The full national Electoral Roll is available at Matamata Library.

Computers and Internet

Free Computers and Internet

Free Internet and computers are available during library opening hours. We have Chromestations and Chromebooks available to library members and visitors to our district. Everyone is guaranteed 30 minutes use per day, or longer if there is no one else waiting. Free Wifi is available 24/7 in and around each of our library branches.

See our How Do I page for more information

Printing and Scanning

Black & White and Colour printing/photocopying is available at all our branches.

We also have free scanning to USB or e-mail available at each branch.

See our How Do I page for more information
Library Programmes

Library Programmes

The Libraries run a number of programmes for all ages.

See our Library Programmes page for more information
eBooks, eAudiobooks &eMovies

eBooks, eAudiobooks &eMovies

Read, listen or watch anywhere, any time and on most devices. No overdue fees, just sign in using your Matamata-Piako Libraries, your library card number (20xxxxxxxxxxxx) and PIN. 
See our eBooks, eAudiobooks &eMovies page for more information

Can't find what you're looking for?

Also see our wide range of online resources, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, online databases like PressReader and EBSCO Discovery, and many more!

See our eResources page for more information