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Kurapae: treasure found by chance

Are you tired of waiting in long reserve queues for the most popular books? Then our Kurapae collection may be the answer for you! The collection consists of highly in-demand book titles that you might not normally see on the shelves.

Kurapae is our replacement for the Bestseller collection, only these titles are free to borrow! The word "Kurapae" is te reo Māori and translates as "Treasure found accidentally." Keep reading below to find out more!

  • A pile of new Kurapae titles ready for borrowing
  • A Kurupae title, showing the green sticker of a feather that indicates a title is in the Kurapae collection
  • A library trolley filled with popular new titles, ready to add to the Kurapae collection
  • More popular titles in a box, with the Kurapae logo

How does it work?

  • Kurapae titles are free to borrow
  • Kurapae titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • You may borrow two Kurapae titles at a time for two weeks
  • Kurapae titles cannot be renewed or reserved

If you have an existing reserve on one of the Kurapae titles you have borrowed, then please ask one of our friendly librarians about cancelling your hold. This both frees up the item for other patrons in the queue, and avoids a non-collection charge for a book you have read!

Please return the items on time so other patrons can enjoy these titles too!

Where can I find them?

The Kurapae collection is located in five branch libraries:

Please note: Kurapae titles cannot be reserved or moved to another library for pick-up.

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