Omicron Update: Winter Opening Hours

We're moving to winter hours from Monday 1 August – Monday 24 October 2022 while we experience high staff shortages due to illness.

Over this period, on Mondays all libraries will close at 1.30pm, and on other weekdays at 5.30pm. Our weekend hours remain unchanged.

See our Locations and Hours for our full opening hours.

Traffic Light - Orange setting

Our libraries are operating at Orange of the government’s traffic light systemThe following safety measures help keep you, your whaanau, and our community safe.

  • Face coverings are required inside our community libraries. (For more information about this, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.)

  • We encourage you to keep a 1m distance from people you do not know to keep safe. 

  • Stay home if you are unwell, and self-isolate until you receive a negative test to stop any potential spread of the virus.

The safety of our staff and community is always our priority and we will closely monitor public health advice and update our website as new information becomes available. 

Hamilton City Libraries offer a number of online services which you can access whilst you are self-isolating. Please check out our Contactless Library Services for more information.


We may be able to extend the 'pickup by' date on your holds until you are able to visit the library. Please email us or contact your local library before your holds expire.

You can renew your books twice online or using the Hamilton City Libraries app. You can also contact your local library if you have reached the renewal limit. We will renew your items until you have completed your isolation period. Please contact us with your library card details. 


The Government guidance under the Orange setting is for face masks to be worn at public indoor facilities (e.g. the Museum, Libraries and main Council office).  We recognise some people have an impairment, health conditions, a physical disability or mental health reasons which mean wearing a mask isn't possible. These reasons are not always obvious or easy to explain. We also need to be mindful of the need to protect the health of staff and other members of the public at our facilities. For this reason, we ask that people with exemptions provide evidence if requested by staff. To do this, use an official Communication or Exemption Card from the Government.

If you do not wear a mask, and do not want/have an official exemption card, you may be asked to leave.

See more about face coverings in Council facilities.

We are following all public health advice and at Orange setting of the traffic light system, we require all staff and visitors to follow these golden rules: 

  • Wear a face covering 

  • Keep 1m distance from people you don’t know

  • Stay home if you are unwell 

We have also increased our cleaning regime and we have signs reminding people about physical distancing. Staff will monitor numbers in each branch to make sure things don't get too crowded, which may mean a short wait outside some smaller branches until another customer exits. 

We have been exploring new and innovative ways to make our programmes available for everyone. Some of our programmes have been running online and with take-away kits. Some programmes have started in-person (attendees must observe the safety measures outlined above). For more information on individual programmes, see What's On.

If you have holds waiting at your local library for collection but it’s temporarily closed, staff will contact you to arrange transfer of your holds to another library branch of your choice.

If you are waiting for holds to arrive at a library which is temporarily closed, we recommend suspending the hold or changing the pickup location via your online library account or the Hamilton City Libraries app.

Make your own mask instructions

Need a mask? Make your own! Use the sewing machine in Auaha (when we are open) or make one at home using these instructions.