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The Big Read

Explore our collection, grab something to read and get relaxing

Book Club in a Bag

Book Club in a Bag is our exciting new collection to help book clubs get the books they're looking for! We have a little of everything: over 60 titles including recent fiction, non-fiction and a few classic titles.

Find out more about Book Club in a Bag.

Recommended Reads

To see whats new in all our collections visit New Titles.

Awards & Reviews

Literary Prizes

The library follows these awards purchasing liberally from the nominees.


The library subscribes to review magazines The New York Review of Books via RBdigital and Good Reading in print format.

Additional reviews are available from Radio New Zealand and Love Reading UK.

Staff Reads

Staff Member

Kia ora – I’m Kat, Head of Libraries. I have eclectic reading tastes, spanning the classics, fiction, non-fiction, and some fizzy, fun stuff when I feel the need for a giggle. I’ve recently read Dustin Lance Black’s “Mama’s Boy” which I found profoundly moving, inspiring and uplifting. I also recommend the Man Booker prize winner “Celestial Bodies” which was captivating and thought-provoking in equal measure. I pepper fiction with non-fiction, and am also partial to a good audiobook to while away the commuting hours.

Staff Member

Hi I’m Jeff. My reading is eclectic and my Picks reflect that. You’ll find books on architecture, music, gardens, art, photography, writers, and more. I’ve written a review for all my picks so click the Read Reviews button on the catalogue record to see what I thought of it. If you borrow one of my Picks consider writing your own review of it - particularly if you disagree with my opinion. Enjoy!

Staff Member

Hi! I’m Tams, from Petone Library, my reading can be a bit eclectic if I come across something that's an intriguing thought experiment but generally I lean towards zoology in nonfiction and towards fantasy(incl urban)/scifi, uplit, LGBTQ (but no tragic endings!) in adult and young adult novels in fiction. Across all genres, I enjoy novel, short story, and graphic novel formats and will often be drawn to a book that has an absurdist fun element, or other times embodies diversity or is a challenge to injustice.

Staff Member

Hi, I'm interested in adventure stories, history and biographies, with some fiction thrown in the mix. I’m attracted to stories involving conquering adversity, an extreme challenge or event, and also ones involving getting back to nature. Think hiking, cycling and other active activities for seemingly long distances or periods of time, or leaving the rat race for that peaceful idea of utopia.

Book Groups

Our book groups are a great opportunity to meet others and discuss books. All groups produce a list of books to explore. Click here to see the book lists and find out more.

Who Else Writes Like

Read everything by your favorite author? Try this?

Who Else Writes Like

Who Else Writes Like

Who else writes like is designed to help fiction readers find their next author. It offers suggestions and introduces new authors similar to those already enjoyed.