Frequently Asked Questions

1.Why the name change?

What was once a traditional library, has been transformed into a central space for all community members to meet, access library services, get inspired, innovate, create, discover and do. The redevelopment will provide a modern, safe, non-judgmental and flexible community space that residents can be proud of. We wanted our name and brand to reflect this.

Our new name is Manawatū Community Hub Libraries.

2. Te Āhuru Mōwai?

The name Te Āhuru Mōwai was gifted by Ngāti Kauwhata to the building. The name means ‘our space that would become a safe haven for our community to be in, learn in, and to thrive in’. A fitting compliment for the functions and aspirations of the Manawatū community in this space.

3. How has the redevelopment been funded?

The approved budget for the redevelopment is $12.5 million. Woah! That’s quite a lot, we hear you say. There’s no denying that.

But we have been successful in receiving funding from the following organisations:

  • New Zealand Community Trust: $150, 000
  • Eastern and Central Community Trust: $200,000
  • Central Energy Trust: $400, 000
  • New Zealand Lotteriers: $400,000
  • Three Waters Better Off Funding: $3.76 million

4. What is the last day of operation at Goodbehere Street?

Manawatū District Libraries - Feilding Library services at Goodbehere Street will pause from Wednesday, 12 June at 5pm.

5. When do we reopen?

Manawatū Community Hub Libraries at Te Āhuru Mōwai on Stafford Street will open its doors to welcome the public from Monday 22 July at 9.30am.

6.Where and when can I return my book?

The due dates have been extended to the 22 July. Plus, we have no late fees. Your items will not go bad like bananas, so if you can hold onto them until we reopen that would be the best. Otherwise, the Makino Aquatic Centre will have a return bin available in their reception area for urgent item returns if you cannot hold onto them.

7.How can I manage my account?

To manage your account either log into your account via our website homepage or download our Manawatū District Libraries app.

8. Are there any late fees?

We have no late fees on item returns.

9. Are JP Services still available?

Yes, The Justice of the peace (JP) will be available from Makino Aquatic Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11.30am - 1.30pm from 14 June - 19 July. The JP service will resume at Te Āhuru Mōwai from Tuesday 23 July.

10. How can I book a meeting room? Book a Meeting Room  at Te Āhuru Mōwai 

11. Where else can I photocopy in Feilding?

Feilding Photo & Print at 47 Kimbolton Road, Feilding. Ph 06 241 8433

12. Can I still place a hold?

Yes, you can still place holds. They are available to pick up until Wednesday, 12 June at 5pm. Holds will be boxed up and ready for pick up Manawatū Community Hub Libraries at Te Āhuru Mōwai on Stafford Street when it opens to welcome the public from Monday 22 July at 9.30am.

13. Can I still sign up for a library card while services are paused?

Yes, you can sign up. We recommend signing up for a digital account to give youaccess to our digital library. When we reopen on the 22 July you can switch your digital account to a normal Manawatū Community Hub Libraries membership card.

14. Where is the school holiday program being held?

Manchester Street School Hall for the July School Holidays.

15. Where do I find the information about the school holiday program?

July School Holidays or pick up flyer from Makino Aquatic Centre. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.

16. Where is the weekly adult colouring group being held?

Adult colouring group weekly on Thursday 10am – 12noon will be held at the Feilding and District information centre on Aorangi Street from 13 June – 18 July.  On thursday the 25 July the group will return to the new community hub.

17. Where is the weekly knitting group being held?

Have a yarn – knitting & crochet group meet on Wednesday weekly 10am- 12noon. From 19 June – 17July at the Rosebowl meeting room. On Wednesday the 24 July the group will return to the new community hub.

18. Will there be extra parking at the new hub?

Yes, an additional car park will be added with 49 parks. This will be completed after the opening of Manawatū Community Hub Libraries 22 July 9.30am.

19. HomeLink pause of service date and when will it start back up?

Service will pause from Wednesday May 29th for our move. HomeLink services will resume on Wednesday August 7th.

20. I would love to deliver a workshop at the new Community Hub Library?

We would love to hear from you about what you could offer for the community.  Please contact Marie Willis, Community Hub Programmes Leader on 0272325297 or email marie.willis@mdc.govt.nz

21. Why is Manawatū Community Hub Libraries providing a Makerspace?

At MCHL, our belief is centred on offering a variety of services and content to enhance life, learning, literacy, leisure, and knowledge. Partnered with opportunities, programs, and events that foster social connections, new experiences, lifelong learning, literacy (including digital literacy), entrepreneurship, and community engagement.

22. Who can use the Makerspace?

The Makerspace welcomes everyone, but children aged 13 and under must have continuous supervision by a responsible caregiver (aged 16 years or older) and remain visible at all times.