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HB Williams Memorial Library

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Note: Library Closed

The Library is closed until the end of May. In the wake of Covid-19, this decision was made to keep staff and the community safe as we could not ensure that social distancing of at least one metre between people could be maintained.  Read the full media release(external link)

HB Williams Memorial Library, Bright Street Gisborne.

Library opening hours


9am - 5.30pm


9am - 8pm 


9am - 5.30pm


9am - 5.30pm  (JP Service 9-11am)


9am - 5.30pm


9.30am - 1pm




A Justice of the Peace (JP) is available every Thursday from 9am to 11am in one of the study rooms to certify documents or witness signatures. Don't sign any document beforehand and take the original document along with the copy to be certified and photo ID. This is a free service. 

7 study and breakout rooms are available. The Tautoru Orion room seats 4-5 people.

To search books and authors or the archive of Gisborne Photo News - search eLibrary(external link)

Contact details

Address: Bright Street
Phone: 867 6709
Web: HB Williams Memorial Library(external link) 
Facebook: GisborneLibrary(external link)

For library fees - refer to our fees and charges [PDF, 470 KB]

HB Williams Memorial Library is named in memory of Heathcote Beetham Williams.  The Williams' family gifted the land and building to the people of Gisborne and surrounding areas in memory of their father.

For information about the redeveloped library which reopened 16 April 2018