Ruapehu Libraries

​​Accessing the library from home (or anywhere else!)

Many of our services can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home​ 24/7, or anywhere with Wi-Fi.  The library catalogue may be explored without logging in, but to access your own borrower records, the electronic databases and e-Books, you will need the number from your library borrower card, and a password. You will initially need to visit the library to enter a password onto your records.

Locations and hours

Ruapehu District Council operates libraries in Taumarunui, Ohakune and Raetihi, located in the same council offices in those centres, and operating at the same hours as those offices.

  • Taumarunui and Ohakune: Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.00pm
  • Raetihi: Monday to Friday​ - 8.30am to 4.00pm 
  • Closed public holidays


Ruapehu Libraries have access to a number of popular databases including for research, funding and ancestry.

Generosity - givUS and givME databases for grant funding.

Ancestry​ - trace your family lineage or access historical records. 

NOTE - You need to be at the Library to access these (see below)​: 

  • The link to access the Ancestry and Generosity databases will only work if you are using one of the libraries free computers or WI-FI.
  • All other databases can be found via the library digital catalogue. See above. 

Community meeting rooms

These are available for hire at our Taumarunui and Ohakune offices for community group meetings or discussion and activity programmes.

Historical research - old newspapers - Taumarunui district

Ruapehu District Council are storing the microfilm for a majority of past copies of the Taumarunui Press, Plateau Gazette and Taumarunui Gazette, dating from 1906-1987 and are able to be viewed and printed from a microfilm reader and printer at Taumarunui Library.

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