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SMS Notifications Now Available

Central Hawke's Bay Libraries have released text notifications for both pre-overdues and overdue notices. 

The text message you receive will let you know that either your books are due back in a few days time or that your books are now overdue.

Currently overdue notices are sent by either email or by post.

If you would like to chose text reminders then please either call us on 06 857 8123, pop in and see us or this can be done online via or website.  

Please follow the instructions below to change your preferences online.

Setting up SMS Notifications.

First head to to and select the 'My Account' tab. 

My Account

You will be redirected to our catalogue page where you will need to select 'My Account' once more on the top right of the screen. 

Log into My Account


Enter in your library card membership number and your pin number to access your account. 

Membership number


This will bring up your account and show details such as 'Checkouts', 'Holds' and 'Personal Information'. 

SMS NotificationsClick on the 'Personal Information' tab and select 'SMS Notifications' from here click on 'Add SMS Notifications' this will then ask you to enter your cell phone number and a label, check the box 'Overdue Notices' and save.

Select Add SMS



Fill in relevant field and save

COVID-19 Level 2. 

What You Need to Know

Waipawa Library

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturday 10am - 1pm.

The Knowledge & Learning Hub - Te Huinga Wai 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am - 7.00pm

Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm

While in the library we ask that you please

  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.

  • Maximum of 50 people at anyone time within in the Library.  This includes library staff.

  • As per the government requirements, all users must sign in manually or via the tracing app and wear a mask.  Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.

  • FillWyI1NTUiLDM3MF0 covid bannerIf you are sick, please stay home.

  • All programmes, groups, events and activities run in the Library are cancelled until further notice.  This includes Knit 'N' Natter, Rhyme time etc.

  • There will be no access to Chromebooks (Computers) during Level 2

  • There will be no access to newspapers during level 2.

For more details please head over to

 A Trip Down Memory Lane to Help Beat Cognitive Decline

Memories came flooding back for Pakeke Centre clients who participated in a new Memory Lane programme, aimed at supporting and mentally stimulating people with cognitive decline.

The project was a first for Central Hawke’s Bay, with Waipawa Library staff working alongside the Pakeke Centre and Central Hawke’s Bay Museum to develop a plan.

The first event was held at Waipawa Library and saw organisers bring historical items in from the museum, with participants encouraged to discuss what they thought each one was - from old gas masks to tea holders.

Clients from the Pakeke Centre, a service providing fellowship and friendship for older people in the District, were invited to attend. As items moved around the room, each person shared their memories and described what it meant to them.

History books, old photos of locations and buildings in Waipukurau and Waipawa were also scattered about on tables -  watching the memories flow was very powerful.

Janette Birdsall Manager of the Pakeke Centre said it was a valuable exercise and one that proved to be quite emotional for all involved.

“It was great for staff to see a couple of the participants open up and chat quite freely about what they knew, there were certainly some very heartfelt moments for the staff to witness,” she said.

After a successful first session, it was decided the programme would be held bi-monthly at Waipawa Library. 

During a second event, organisers incorporated iPads to challenge Pakeke clients to give technology a chance. One participant, called Ian, was chuffed that he had given it a go - showing there was an opportunity to expand on the original theme of the event in future.

The partnership between CHB District Libraries, Pakeke and CHB Museum, was a great example of how local service providers could work together to create powerful programmes that benefit the community.

Pakeke Centre clients Arthur Burkin and Pam Bishop taking part in the first ever Memory Lane programme to help beat cognitive decline.

General News

New Digital Only Membership

Not currently a member? You can now sign up for the Digital Only Membership which will allow you to access these resources.

Just head to - then choose "Join the Library"

If you already have a card but don't know your card number or pin? Please contact us at or call 06 8589154

Monday, 2 September 2019

The libraries are busy this month processing around 64,000 of our items, to be compatible with new self-issue kiosks set to launch in the libraries this October.

The new RFID (radio frequency identification) technology being installed, will mean customers can quickly and easily self issue or return items - but only if they have a library card.
Until November we are waiving the replacement fee on any lost cards and encourage customers to come into the library for a new card so they'll be able to use the self issue kiosks. 

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