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The Tiny Kaukapakapa Library

Kaukapakapa is a small town just north of Helensville, and 50 kilometres north west of Auckland, with a population of about 2,500. The Kaukapakapa Library is one of the smallest libraries in New Zealand. 

So small that it featured in a BBC Radio documentary on the tiny book-lending institutions that can be found in communities up and down the country. 

The library is just 21 metres square and originally constructed in 1911. 

The library building has been relocated several time over its life but has always remained close to the Kaukapakapa School where it was originally sited. 

The beautiful old building is full of history. A lot of the books were donated and people love coming in, reading the inscriptions, and looking at their early history. 

The collection was started in 1865 by Morris Henley, who built nearby Henley House, where the library was first housed. 

Although the library no longer lends out books, the collection can be viewed every third Sunday of the month in conjunction with the Kaukapakapa Village Market. 

About us

Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries is an organisation for ALL people interested in books, libraries, life and literacy. We hold the following monthly meetings at 3 of the 4 libraries:-   Book Groups at Mt. Maunganui, Papamoa and Greerton,    A General Meeting at Greerton with a speaker. We began as a lobby group within local body politics, campaigning for improved library services. A strong aspect of our work is advocating on behalf of the community with both the Library and the Tauranga City Council. We lobbied vigorously for a new library in Papamoa and more recently a new library in Greerton.
Money raised through our regular activities goes back into our libraries. Our organisation supports the Children’s Summer Reading Programmes, which run through the Christmas holidays, by securing grant money and by helping with the set-up and finale of the programmes.


To maintain a close working relationship with Library and Council staff to help provide the best possible service to the community and to increase the use of the Libraries through public awareness and advocacy of the Library’s goals and objectives.

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