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Updated Monday 23 March

NPDC has reviewed Puke Ariki operations following the Government’s announcement on the COVID-19 alert level, all Puke Ariki and Community Library facilities are to close until further notice.

This includes:
- Puke Ariki Museum
- Puke Ariki Library
- Taranaki Research Centre
- Puke Ariki Store
- New Plymouth i-SITE
- Inglewood Library and Service Centre
- Bell Block Library and Service Centre
- Waitara Library and Service Centre
- Ōākura Library
- Urenui Library
- Mobile Library

We’re sorry for the inconvenience but we know our customers will understand this is an unprecedented situation and safety comes first.

During this time, we invite you to experience Puke Ariki from home and discover our digital library collections and the museum’s online resources.

You will find more information about protecting yourself, your colleagues, and your whānau at Ministry of Health website  

NPDC wants to assure the public that our priority is to keep providing the services that will help our households and businesses through this and back on their feet when it’s over.

If you have questions about our services while we are closed please visit our Latest Information FAQs.

Puke Ariki's Mobile Library brings books to you!

The mobile library does a rural route and an urban route around the New Plymouth district. It visits schools as far north as Tongaporutu and as far south as Ratapiko.

If you live in urban New Plymouth it will stop near your place every two weeks. 

Visiting the Mobile Library

The mobile library holds items for adults and children:

  • fiction and non-fiction
  • large print books
  • audiobooks
  • magazines.


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Can the Mobile Library bring me items from other Puke Ariki libraries?

Yes, any item held at Puke Ariki's libraries can be brought to the Mobile Library. There is a $1.50 charge for this service. 

If you would like to request an item to be brought to the Mobile Library:

  • find it in the catalogue

  • click on Place Hold and log in with your library card
  • select New Plymouth Mobile Library from the dropdown box.

Can I visit the Mobile Library if I don't have a membership card?

Yes, just bring a form of photo ID with you and a proof of address. Our normal membership rules apply.

Booking the Mobile Library

The Mobile Library can be booked for school, kindergarten and Kohanga Reo visits.

To make an enquiry complete the contact us form or phone 06 759 6060.