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HB Williams Memorial Library

One of the many interesting libraries in New Zealand is the H.B. Williams Memorial Library in Gisborne. 

The library has had a long history by New Zealand standards. It first opened in 1869 as Turanga Library, in a room in the courthouse at a time when there were no roads overland and visitors came by horseback or boat to the district.  

As the library grew it moved to various sites until 1967, when the land and buildings for the existing public library in Gisborne were donated by the Williams family in memory of Heathcote Beetham Williams (H.B.) The building is a classic example of 1960s architecture. 

The Library underwent an expansion of the Peel Street site from February 2017 until April 2018, during which time the HB Williams Memorial Library was housed at 53 Awapuni Road. The renovated library reopened in Peel Street on the 16th April 2018. 

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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