Dunedin Public Libraries


Exciting times ahead for the Library with a carnival and a film festival to look forward to; two major competitions - Jealous Saboteurs  teen writing, and Robert Burns Poetry  - bringing the best of literary talent to the fore; and a closer look at James Bellany's remarkable mural Te Kore in the Library Plaza.

Our cup runneth over with new book launches and poetry aplenty, including the finalists and winners of our Snowdrops Poetry competition. 

We take a look at the City's history with the upcoming Heritage Festival; enjoy travelling in Peru, and get inspired by plants. 

And Al Brown is coming to tell us about his new cookbook Eat Up Dunedin

After all that, I shall enjoy a bit of peace and quiet curled up on my desert island with a few good reads...


  1. Kia Ora: Māori Language Week 11-17 September 2017

    As we celebrate Māori Language Week (11th – 17th September), visitors to City Library can admire the work of local artist James’ Bellaney, ... Read more…
  2. Foreword

    Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow   Read more…
  3. What’s On...

    A brand new knitting group, a film festival, singing, dancing, competitions, brains and food. Oh, and AL BROWN is coming to town! Read more…
  4. Spring Series Speakers 

    The Dunedin Public Library Association hosts a range of speakers during Spring.  Read more…
  5. Reading is so Misleading

    Poem by Tui Bevin Read more…
  6. BIOGRAPHICAL FICTION

    Reading novels based on the life of an historical person gives the reader the best of both worlds - a glimpse into a past world based on ... Read more…
  7. Book Launch: Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry

    7th October, 4pm. University Book Shop, 378 Great King Street. Read more…
  8. Through the Lonesome Dark

    New novel by Paddy Richardson Read more…
  9. Navigator

    A new novel by Anne Moir Read more…
  10. Murder most Malicious - a Mancini mystery

    An Edwardian murder mystery - without blood or weapons - set in 1909, Dunedin, written under the pen name of Kitty Jackson.  Read more…
  11. The Grace of Snowdrops Poetry Competition

    Extending our celebration of poetry throughout August, Dunedin Public Libraries partnered with Larnach Castle to present this inaugural ... Read more…
  12. Harbour City: Dunedin Heritage Festival 

    FRIDAY 13 – MONDAY 23 OCTOBER (includes Labour weekend) Read more…
  13. Prayer from a Leaky Boat  

    Poetry by Peta Hudson Read more…
  14. What's New McNab

    The latest in the New Zealand collection. Read more…
  15. Fine Bindings in the Reed Collection

    The collection of Alfred H. Reed (1875-1975) includes several nineteenth century bookbindings by British and European binders of ... Read more…
  16. Scarab amulet with wings

    Poetry by Annabel Wilson Read more…
  17. Desert Island Books  

    Our castaways in this issue of NB are 3 more members of the Collection development team.  Read more…
  18. Blues in my pocket  

    Poem by Elena Poletti Read more…
  19. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week  

    Kia Ora Te Reo Māori 11-17 September Read more…
  20. Peru - a land of contrasts  

    Travelling by the Book   Read more…
  21. Non-Fiction Special: Inspiring Books on Plants 

     Your library has so many books about plants - in art, science, sustainability, health and even philosophy. Read more…
  22. Non fiction highlights  

    A selection of new arrivals to our shelves.  Read more…
  23. A Heart in the Highlands: Robert Burns  

    Dunedin Burns Club and Dunedin Public Libraries are embarking on their 14th year of successful collaboration with a revamped Robert Burns ... Read more…
  24. What’s New Teen Space  

    The latest reads for young adults. Read more…
  25. RHYME GAME

    Words are mind-expanding toys: you can bounce them around, dress them up, build worlds made of interlocking sentences and so much more.  Read more…
  26. Kids' Picks

    A selection of recommended reads for children. Read more…
  27. Book Launch:  Gecko by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock

     Tuesday 24 October, 5.00pm, Dunedin Public Library, 4th Floor Read more…