Answers to basic questions about using the library.
Anyone living, working, owning property or studying on the Kāpiti Coast can join the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries at no charge and use the resources of all of our SMART libraries. Horowhenua residents who do not meet the above criteria can still join and enjoy free use of Kāpiti Coast District Libraries services and resources. Anyone who is not in either of these categories can either join Kāpiti Coast District Libraries as a subscription member ($60 for six months or $120 per annum per household), or pay $2 per item issued. Please bring with you proof of residence if living in Horowhenua, or proof of working/studying in Kāpiti (i.e student I.D or business card)
Join Online - you will be given a temporary borrower ID so that you can use our online services straight away. Take a personal ID that is signed and imprinted or embossed with your name (Eg: bankcard, ID card, passport, community services card) and proof of address to your nearest branch to pick up your physical card. If you are under 16 years of age you will need a parent or guardian to accompany you.
Alternatively you can sign up at any branch - just take along a personal ID that is signed and imprinted or embossed with your name (e.g. bankcard, ID card, passport, community services card), and proof of address.
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries is part of the SMART Libraries which is New Zealand’s only public and tertiary library collaboration. With this card you can borrow items from Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Hutt City, Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), Whitireia New Zealand, Porirua City, and Masterton District Library.
In person from the information desk at any library. Bring your library card with you. If you join online you will create a password/PIN when you sign up.
Read about how to search the online catalogue here.
If the item you want is held by any Kāpiti or SMART Library you can reserve it :
If the SMART collaboration does not hold the item you want we can interloan it from another library. Please note: charges may apply for interloan borrowing.
There is no charge to reserve an item, but normal rental charges* eg for a CD or DVD, still apply.
* These may vary across the SMART collaboration.
Collecting a reserve
We will use your preferred method of notification to let you know when the item is ready for you to collect. Reserved books are filed under your surname on the reserved items shelf at each library.
At any library – just take in your library card
By phone (have your borrower card number ready)
You can renew items twice unless it is a rental item or another person has requested the item.
Books, CDs and free-to-loan DVDs can be renewed for 3 weeks
Pay DVDs can be renewed for 1 week (charge applies)
Bestsellers can be renewed for 2 weeks (charge applies)
Magazines cannot be renewed.
You may receive due date slips and notices via email. Notices include reminders for when items are nearly due back, overdue, and for reserved items available for collection. Ask a librarian to change your notice preferences on your account in any branch, or over the phone. This service is free.
From the 15 August 2016, we'll be sending reminders about items due back to the library to your email rather than by text.
We provide free computing and Internet access via the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa (APNK) at all four of our branches. You do not need to be a library member to access the Internet.
APNK desktop PCs are available for customer use and are installed with a range of software; Microsoft Word, Open Office, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Skype, Adobe Acrobat reader and other programs. Each APNK PC has a DVD and CD drive , USB ports, memory card slots, a webcam and headset.
Free wifi access is available, during opening hours, at all libraries.
Use of the computers is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions are 30 minutes each.
Black and white, A4 printing is available from PCs and wifi at a cost of 30c per page.
When you are using library computers you should not:
Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa reserves the right to prevent access to objectionable material.