Dunedin Public Libraries


In this, our final issue of 2016, we stock up on our holiday reading for a journey around the world in search of stories and adventure, stopping off to sample the delights of Marseille, before ending up stranded on a desert island. We force librarians to make the difficult choice of selecting five books out of all the books in the world; and look at the nigh-on impossible task of selecting one single book for Dunedin.

We at the editorial team wish all our readers a very happy Christmas, and hope Santa brings you a really good book.


  1. City of Literature: One City, One Book

    Imagine being a visitor to Dunedin, and as you walk through the city’s public spaces and cafés, and travel on its public transport, ... Read more…
  2. Books Reading and Libraries

    Two articles I’ve read this week have reinforced my belief in the enduring importance of reading, books and libraries in people’s lives.  Read more…
  3. What's On...

    Talks, programmes, stories, exhibitions, music and culture at Dunedin Public Libraries over the spring and summer. Read more…
  4. Hot Topic: SUMMER HOLIDAY NOVELS  

    As our thoughts turn to holidays and lovely warm weather, it’s time to give some attention to all those books we’ve been meaning to read ... Read more…
  5. Dunedin Writers’ Workshop

    Established over 30 years ago the Dunedin Writers’ Workshop welcomes all writers, hobbyist or professional.  Read more…
  6. Fiction Book Review: Billy Bird by Emma Neale  

    Emma Neale’s latest novel Billy Bird (Penguin Random House NZ 2016) is a bouncing, despairing examination of a loving family under stress.  Read more…
  7. Desert Island Books

    Welcome to a new feature, discovering the books people couldn’t live without if they were stranded on a desert island. Each issue we will ... Read more…
  8. Biblia, Piibli, Paipera: The Bible in Translation

    The latest Reed Gallery exhibition showcases editions of the Bible translated into numerous languages and spanning across eight centuries. Read more…
  9. What's New McNab

    The latest in the New Zealand collection. Read more…
  10. Poetry

    IRIS FLOWERS Read more…
  11. Underground Music

    Ever wondered what happened to that oldie but goodie music CD you used to borrow at regular intervals from the library?  Read more…
  12. Travelling by the Book: Marvellous Marseille

    When a friend invites me to join her in the South of France for a holiday, I am not in the habit of saying no!  Read more…
  13. In Praise of Nature Writing

    Humans have always been shaped by the natural world. Natural science is a central ingredient of human culture and continues to be ... Read more…
  14. Non Fiction Highlights

    A selection of new arrivals to our shelves. Read more…
  15. What’s new Teenspace  

    A selection of recommended new titles for young adults. Read more…
  16. Teen Book Review  

    Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie   Read more…
  17. Kids’ Picks  

    A selection of recommended reads for children. Read more…
  18. World Storytelling Day   

    Dunedin City Library will be celebrating World Storytelling Day with a multi-cultural festival of stories on 19th March 2017.  Read more…
  19. Around the World in 80 Books

     Dunedin Public Libraries’ 2016-17 Summer Reading Programme is a grand expedition to enable curious explorers to travel to exciting places ... Read more…