More than 300 public libraries across New Zealand work together through Public Libraries New Zealand to make sure all New Zealand people have access to outstanding libraries that enhance our communities. Public libraries provide opportunities for lifelong learning. They help children and young people develop imagination and creativity. They give adults the opportunity to learn about technology and how to use it, about their cultural heritage, the arts and science. Public Libraries New Zealand aims to grow New Zealand's role in the global information community, giving New Zealanders access to the world's best and sharing our best on the world stage.
Currently the Gore Libraries Manager Lorraine Weston-Webb is a member of the Association of Public Libraries Executive Committee, participating in national developments for public libraries and representing the library communities of the lower South Island.