Tauranga’s central library is in He Puna Manawa, formerly known as the Goddards Centre. The library relocated in April 2022 and will continue to call He Puna Manawa home until its new space is built at the civic precinct in the city centre.
The name He Puna Manawa was gifted to Council by mana whenua, Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu. The name translates literally to mean ‘heart of the spring’, which it was felt captures the spirit of the exciting, vibrant and interactive hub that occupies site.
Tauranga Library is home to a large collection of books, magazines, DVDs, newspapers, large print, audio-books, and e-books. Almost everything can be borrowed for free.
Visitors to Tauranga Library can access the free Wi-Fi, use the computers or Chromebooks, and print, photocopy or scan (there is a small charge for printing and photocopying).
There is a café in He Puna Manawa offering coffee, sweet treats, and light-lunch snacks. The café is open Monday – Friday, 9.30am - 3pm.
There are programmes and events for both children and adults that happen in He Puna Manawa regularly. Visit their website, like them on Facebook or subscribe to their eNewsletter to stay up to date with all the great things happening at He Puna Manawa.
For adults, Tauranga Library has collections of books, magazines, DVDs, newspapers, large print, audio-books, and e-books. Almost everything can be borrowed for free.
There are events like book chats, public talks, and Kawhe-whawhe, a Te Reo Maori club.
Tauranga Library has a children’s area with a selection of books, DVDs, graphic novels and more. You can play with our animal puppets, curl up in one of the cosy nooks, and browse some books! There are engaging displays from Hands On Tauranga for children to see historic artifacts up close!
The library at He Puna Manawa hosts a range of programmes and events for children and teens. With sessions ranging from Iti Pounamu song and storytime sessions for pre-schoolers, hang-out clubs for under 10's, through to evening discos and fort nights. There is something for everyone at the library. Visit their website for details and like their Facebook page to keep up to date with their programmes and events.