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Joining the Library

Membership is free.

Once you have a membership you can access our eBooks online free.

You can join at Marton, Bulls or Taihape Library and may borrow and return items at any of these libraries.

  • You’ll need to bring a form of identification that has your address printed on it like a bank statement or drivers licence. When you sign your new card we’ll ask you to agree to some conditions.
  • If you’re under 18 we need a guarantor - an adult (usually a parent) who agrees to be responsible for the books you borrow - your adult needs to come to the library with you when you sign up.
  • Remember to get yourself a Password or PIN when you register. This means you will be able to access your record online. We have loads of things you can borrow and do at the Library.

In accepting and signing your new library card, you agree to:

  • Return all items borrowed by the date due.
  • Pay for damaged or lost item/s .
  • Advise the library of any change of address
  • Acknowledge the same responsibility for any child you have registered

Using our Online Services

Using your library card and password you can review your borrower record with us, check the books you have out, renew them, make requests (reserves), and update your personal details all from the terminals in the library or your own PC at home.

If you've already got a current library card, all you need is a password. Next time you're in a library, come to the counter with your library card and we'll issue you a password.

If you forget your password at any time, just come back to the counter, with your card or other ID and we can reset it.

Conditions of use

In accepting and signing your new library card, you agree to:

  • Return all items borrowed by the date due.
  • Pay for damaged or lost item/s and any debt collection fees.
  • Advise the library of any change of address.
  • Acknowledge the same responsibility for any child you have registered.

Fees and Charges

Our libraries charge a small fee for reserving books, interloans (borrowing books from other libraries), photocopying, scanning and faxing. Please see our current Schedule of Fees and Charges for current prices. There in no charge to use the internet or borrow a local items, however there is a limit of 20 items per borrower.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. There are still no charges for overdue books or for renewing. However, if you have an item which is more than two weeks overdue you won't be able to borrow more items until it is returned (or you have paid to replace it if you cannot find it). Please remember DVDs and CDs are now issued for one week; all other items are still issued for three weeks. You can renew them once.

Public access PCs in the Council libraries are Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa machines.

There continues to be no charge for borrowing the "talking books" (tapes or CDs) made available by the National Library for the sight-impaired.

No. Anyone is entitled to register as a library borrower and receive a borrower's card without charge.

Yes. You may not have more than twenty items out at any one time. This limit relates to an individual, not a family - and everyone is able to have their own card. If you are using one card for your family, this is a good time for each person to get their own card. There is a limit of up to five DVDs per household.

Please ask. The book, magazine, CD etc. may be in the stack, being mended, at one of the other libraries, or borrowed by somebody else. You can place a reserve on any such book - at no charge if the book is on the shelves at another library; or at $1 if the book is out to another borrower.

You can also arrange to borrow a book from a library outside the Rangitīkei through the Library Interloan Service, there is a fee to cover the costs of this service. Library staff will get these details and check with you before confirming the loan request. And you can also suggest that a particular book is purchased for the libraries.

New adult fiction and non-fiction books are distributed across the three libraries and displayed for a week before they can be borrowed. During that time you may place a reserve on any book (at $1 per book), which means you get it sooner. Large print books and children's books go straight on the shelves for immediate borrowing.

There are no restrictions. So, school students needing to use adult non-fiction books for schoolwork may take them out, and adults wanting to take out picture books to read to their young children are free to do so.

At present the EPIC databases are hosted through a National Library website, so Internet charges apply. When the library website is operational, you will be able to access EPIC in the libraries without charge. EPIC will continue to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through any computer having an Internet connection.

An increase in the number of items borrowed and a longer borrowing term is available for teachers wanting to use books in a classroom. The same applies to any adult who provides home schooling for children. This borrowing is recorded on a special card, distinct from personal borrowing by teachers for recreational reading or to improve knowledge on a topic.