Answers to a range of questions about using our libraries.
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries is part of the SMART Libraries which is New Zealand’s only public and tertiary library collaboration. As a member 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.
You can join Kāpiti Coast District Libraries if you:
Join Online - you will be given a temporary borrower ID so that you can use our online services straight away (For example eBooks, databases, and reserving items on the catalogue).
Take a personal ID that is signed and imprinted or embossed with your name (Eg: bankcard, passport, community services card) and proof of address (or work/ property ownership/ study) 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.
Or sign up at any branch - just take along a personal ID that is signed and imprinted or embossed with your name (e.g. bankcard, passport, community services card), and proof of address (or work/ property ownership/ study).
In person from the information any SMART 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 in New Zealand or overseas. Please note: charges apply for interloan borrowing.
There is no charge to reserve an item, but normal rental charges* e.g. for a 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 the library.
by phone - 0800 486 486
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.