Books and reading

Explore our section devoted to readers and writers - recommended reading, literary prizes, literary events, new titles, and more.


Recommended reading


Best reads
Check out our recommended reading and most borrowed items for each year.

Staff Pickles
Our team of staff pickles are here to bring you recommendations with flavour. We will be sharing booklists, book reviews, and blog posts - all about the books, movies, TV, and music we love.

Literary prizes
Explore the award-winning books of the year — everything from history to poetry, science fiction to New Zealand literature.

If you like
Recommended books and authors in different styles and genres: great for exploring the world of books.

New titles

New titles
Get a list of the latest titles in our libraries each month either online or by email, or subscribe to our weekly RSS feeds.

Email newsletters
Sign up for the e-list from your library — new titles, tips and library news.

Books and movies

Read the book — then see the film
Do you want to read a book before you see the film rather than the other way around? If so, we’ve gathered together some of the movies coming up that are based on books so that you can get in first.

Books made into film and television
Our listing of books made into movies and spin-offs from TV shows.


Reports and interviews from literary events.

Reading and writing