About us


Central Library in Garden PLace Te Kopu Mania o Kirikiriroa is the community library for the inner city and nearby suburbs, but is also the hub with larger lending collections than the outer suburban libraries. It holds specialist and research collections such as Heritage, overseas newspapers, world languages, music scores and Stack.


According to our traditional accounts, the original name for the hill that once extended through garden place was known to Ngati Wairere as Te Kopu Mania o Kirikiriroa (The smooth belly of Kirikiriroa). This hill was famed in pre- European times for its gardens and cultivations along its eastern and northern slopes.

The Central Library is situated in Garden Place between Victoria and Alexandra Streets.


  • Handy to the Centre Place and old Farmers carpark on Alexandra Street.
  • On the Shuttle bus route
  • Large borrowable and research collections
  • Administration offices

    Read the interesting Central Library History

    Contact us


    Phone: 838 6826 - Email: hamiltoncitylibraries@hcc.govt.nz - Fax: 838 6858

    Location: Garden Place

    Central Library Team Leader: Joanne Scott


    Monday - Friday  - 9.30am-8pm
    Saturday - 9am-4pm
    Sunday - 12 noon-3.30pm


    Extra services


    • Storytime – Wednesday 10.30-11.15am (weekly during school term)

    • Internet - free access to broadband internet services, and free wifi service, through the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa. 17 PCs available

    • Computer mentors available. Ask staff for times

    • Colour photocopiers

    • Self-check issues

    • Community notice board

    • Kootuitui community space

    • After hours returns

    • Archives and historic photos

    • Local history and genealogy research

    • New Zealand Film Archive

    • Overseas newspapers

    • World Languages

    • Lending Stack of old favourites.

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