Dunedin Public Libraries


This issue, our first of 2017, we enjoy the delights of our City of Literature on foot, with literary walks and poems on steps. We herald the return of our really big book sale - back in the basement car park of City Library for three days of bargains. We relish the delights of Burns-inspired poetry with our poetry competition winners. And we look at some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on at the Library, along with our usual plethora of book reviews, new releases, holidays abroad, desertion on desert islands, and wonderful local poetry. Plus there are bustles galore for iD Fashion Week!


  1. 80 years of indexing the news  

    In 2016 the staff of the Heritage Collections marked 80 years of a unique resource – our newspaper index. Read more…
  2. Foreword

    Scattered Seeds ñ He Purapura Marara Read more…
  3. What's On...

    Festivals, workshops, stories, tours, talks, competitions, music and a great big book sale at Dunedin Public Libraries over the summer and ... Read more…
  4. Lose an hour, gain a bargain!

    The clock is ticking as we count down to our giant Friday to Sunday carpark book sale. Read more…
  5. Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices

     A public talk in April by Plant-based Living Initiative will examine healthy eating and impacts both on the body and world climate. Read more…
  6. A Costumer's Guide to Sewing Historically Inspired Garments

    Celebrating iD Fashion Week in March, Images of the Past costuming group will present a Victorian/Edwardian-era fashion show at City ... Read more…
  7. Stepping into Poetry

    Ruth Arnison's passion for poetry in public places is hard to resist. Read more…
  8. August Sunday 

    A poem by Jasmine O M Taylor Read more…
  9. Robert Burns Poetry Competition 2016/17

    Our 2016/17 competition saw a record number of entries judged by Otago University Robert Burns Fellow, Victor Rodger.  Read more…
  10. HOT TOPIC: FASHION IN FICTION  

    This year Dunedin’s iconic iD Fashion Week takes place from March 16 to 26. Read more…
  11. Fiction Review: Dark Horse 

    by Honey Brown [Published 2013 by Michael Joseph]   Read more…
  12. Dunedin Writers’ Workshop

    The Dunedin Writers’ Workshop welcomes all writers, hobbyist or professional. Read more…
  13. John Le Carré  

    At the grand old age of 85, author John Le Carré is enjoying a resurgence of popularity as several of his novels have been recently ... Read more…
  14. Philip Temple's The Sea and the Snow

    Fifty years ago a bunch of blokes sailed 10,000 miles across the 'Roaring Forties' and 'Screaming Fifties' to climb a 9000-foot volcano. ... Read more…
  15. Gay Buckingham's The Grand Electrification of the South 

    [published by Mary Egan Publishers] Read more…
  16. A Way Home

     by Jillian Sullivan. [Published by Potton and Burton, September 2016]  Read more…
  17. What’s New McNab

    The latest in the New Zealand collection. Read more…
  18. A Moving Collection  

    Susan Sinclair, Collection Specialist for Dunedin Public Libraries, with a behind-the-scenes look at collection management. Read more…
  19. Walking the Talk 

    A new venture is proving popular with booklovers – Literary Walking Tours around the University of Otago campus.  Read more…
  20. Desert Island Books  

    At the end of 2016 two of our long-serving staff members retired. Read more…
  21. Non-Fiction Book Review - Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavours

    by Diana Henry [Published 2013 by Mitchell Beazley] Read more…
  22. Non-fiction highlights

    A selection of new arrivals to our shelves.  Read more…
  23. Travelling by the Book: In Search of Van Gogh  

    My love of Van Gogh paintings started with an exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery years ago. Read more…
  24. Kids’ Picks  

    A selection of recommended reads for children. Read more…
  25. The Petersen Family Series by N.A.M. Welch

    N.A.M. Welch, who also writes as Neil Welch, has written a series of adventure stories for young teens and sub-teens, featuring the ... Read more…
  26. What’s New TeenSpace  

    A selection of recommended new titles for young adults. Read more…