Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries Inc

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About us

Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries is an organisation for ALL people interested in books, libraries, life and literacy.


We hold the following monthly meetings at the 4 libraries:-

   Book Groups at Mt. Maunganui, Papamoa and Greerton,

   A Chat Group at Greerton, 

   A General Meeting at Tauranga with a speaker.


We began as a lobby group within local body politics, campaigning for improved library services.


A strong aspect of our work is advocating on behalf of the community with both the Library and the Tauranga City Council. We lobbied vigorously for a new library in Papamoa and more recently a new library in Greerton.

Money raised through our regular activities goes back into our libraries.


Our organisation supports the Children’s Summer Reading Programmes, which run through the Christmas holidays, by securing grant money and by helping with the set-up and finale of the programmes.


To maintain a close working relationship with Library and Council staff to help provide the best possible service to the community and to increase the use of the Libraries through public awareness and advocacy of the Library’s goals and objectives.


**Libraries Need Friends**

FOL President Terry Hawker presents Jill Best with the gardening voucher on behalf of Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries

Tauranga Library Manager, Jill Best, Retires

Quick Links

Tauranga City Libraries


Friends of Baycourt Tauranga

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Friends of The Tauranga Art Gallery


Legacy Funerals

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Sadly we must say goodbye to our Library Manager, Jill Best, who has retired. She will be sorely missed by Friends, especially those of us who have had the pleasure of working with her. 


In her time at Tauranga Library we have seen the completion of two magnificent new facilities, at Papamoa (recently 10 years old) and, last year, the new Greerton Library was opened. Michelle and Joanna, between them, will take over the reins until a permanent replacement is appointed.


Jill has many memories from her 40 years working in libraries. The talk she gave at our recent Tauranga meeting was interesting, informative and humorous.