Waimakariri Libraries at Level 2

Published: 29-Nov-2021

Waimakariri Libraries are open at Level 2.

Waimakariri Libraries are relieved, as no doubt our community are too, to be in Level 2 now.

Our My Book Bag service will  be offered at Alert Level 2.

Building occupancy limits

Kaiapoi           100 visitors (including contractors and cleaning staff) plus staff

Rangiora       100 visitors (including contractors and cleaning staff) plus staff

Oxford            25 people in the building at any one time in total. 

Contact tracing

Contact tracing is mandatory for 12 years and over.
This time at Alert Level 2 we will not be directly monitoring this, but each entrance way will make available both electronic and manual contract tracing options for all visitors over 12.


Holds charges  being waived while we are at Alert Level 2.
This creates equity for library users requesting the My Book Bag service, and will help to maintain building occupancy limits with people popping in to only collect their holds.

Late nights

Until further notice, no library will be open late night at Alert Level 2.

Mask wearing 

At Alert Level 2, mask wearing is mandatory for all visitors to the library.

Disposable masks will be available for library users wanting to enter a library without their own mask.


Contactless payments are our preference while at Level 2, while recognising there may be some library users who still only work with cash.

Waimakariri Libraries are now a Fines Free Library Service and hold charges waived for Alert Level 2.

Programmes and Events

At Alert Level 2 all library based events, classes, story times and activities are on hold.

JP Service at the library

JP service desks only operate in Covid level ONE in line with our Canterbury JP Association service desk protocols.

Justices can resume seeing clients in their homes in Covid level two if they are comfortable doing this so.

Find a JP through their website.

Contact the Library on 03 311 8901 or Citizens Advice Bureau if need help finding a JP.

Unaccompanied children

Unaccompanied children are able to use our libraries at Alert Level 2.

Those over 12 are required to sign in for contact tracing purposes and must maintain 2 meters distance from other library users unless they are from the same family.

Waimakariri Libraries’ Digital Library is open 24/7  with our team responding to emails, inquiries and requests for library support during our usual hours of service.

If you’d like support to use our eResources, join the library or reactivate your library membership, email us with your contact details and we’ll be in touch


Kia Kaha Waimakariri, see you soon.