Ruapehu Libraries

All libraries in the Ruapehu District are open, however services may be limited in order to ensure that current restrictions for COVID-19 can be met.

Restrictions will include the following:

  • The number of customers allowed in the Council customer service/library areas at any given time will be limited.

  • The libraries will be open for returning and issuing of books only and visits will be limited to 10 minutes per person, and one person per family - young children will not be allowed.

  • Library books will be quarantined for 24 hours following their return.

  • Public access to computers will be limited, with only half of them operating - users can access for no longer than 30 minutes, and only 1 visit will be allowed per day.

Council anticipates a high volume of visitors to the Council buildings. Visitors are advised that they will need to be patient where queuing is required to maintain physical distancing. 


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 WiFi.  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


Your library has access to a number of popular databases including for research, funding and ancestry.

Generosity - database of grant funding available.

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 WIFI.
  • All other databases can be found via the library digital catalogue. See above. 

Community meeting rooms

These are available for hire at all 3 library/council buildings 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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