Join The Library

Join the Library Online
  • It is free to join the Library
  • Join the library online to receive a temporary membership (must be validated within 2 weeks)
  • Bring in photo ID to validate your membership
  • If you have any questions about the membership requirements please get in touch.
  • Alternately you can come into the library and sign up in person with your ID.

If you do not live in the Manawatū District you may still join the library, there are no charges now to join the library if you're out of our district.

When you have joined

  • Your Library card allows you to borrow items on the self-check machines and log onto the internet computers.
  • Apps are available to store your card on your phone if you prefer.
  • Once you have activated a pin you will have unlimited free access to our website services such as our digital library with Libby app and Beamafilm to watch movies.


  • All books & audio books (including digital copies), puzzles, free DVD's and DVD sets (with 3 or more discs): 3 week issue
  • All magazines and new release DVD's: 1 week issue
  • We have part of our collection available at 10 Goodbehere Street for public access. These items will be rotated with our collection in storage offsite.
  • To access our entire collection please go to our website search at the top of the page. Next to the item it will say available onsite or offsite. Offsite items will just need to have a hold placed on them. You will be contacted via email when your item is ready to pick up from the library. There is no charge for this service.

As a member you have access to a great selection of items catering to a wide variety of interests, ages and stages of life.


  • No late fees are charged for overdue items.
  • Lost items (immediately charged after 5 weeks overdue): Original purchase price

Renewing your Books

  • You can renew items twice unless another person has placed a hold on the item.
  • Through your library account with your card number and pin.
  • At the library on a self-check machine.
  • Download the library app to renew items. Available on Google Play or Apple Store on any device that supports apps.

Returning Books

  • During open hours you can return your items by walking into the library and placing them on the returns shelf.
  • Returning items after hours, at the front entrance of the library use the returns slot.