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Welcome to Cramond Library, a library for students and staff of New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

Library hours: 8.35 am – 3.45 pm Monday – Friday, term time

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If you would like to donate a book to the New Plymouth Boys’ High School Library from our librarian’s selection, please click here

This scheme is made possible through a partnership with All Books NZ. All Books is our largest book supplier, always providing the school with a very generous discount. 

Simply choose and buy a book directly from the list. They will send the book to the library, along with your details, so that the school can show our appreciation and acknowledgement for your generosity.

Expanding our library collection enhances literacy and learning. It is an on-going process to keep the collection up-to-date and relevant for our current and future students.


NZ History on line

 Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Papers Past

EPIC Databases.  A collection of databases for New Zealand Schools.

Note – EPIC – Direct access is gained if you are logging in from the school network. For logging in from home a password is needed, which is available from the library.

These databases are free to all students. They are provided by the Ministry of Education and will be useful for research across most of your subjects.

They include Britannica, National and New Zealand Geographics, Australia & New Zealand Reference Centre. There are many Gale databases from Science in Context to Shakespeare.

Ms Wilkin


“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” – Roald Dahl

My focus for the Library Information Centre is to provide a place that supports the advantage Roald Dahl so beautifully describes in the above quote.

A comfy place to sit and learn about reading for pleasure as well as learning. 

A place where users will be welcome, safe, and well supported in their learning.

But further, a place that assists learning through finding the right information.  Information comes in many forms – books, ebooks, websites, databases, social media and more.  Information is found in social interactions and collaborations. Libraries always seek to provide the tools to learn from an ever-changing range of Information delivery systems and to make those tools available to its users.

I am an avid reader (it’s a hazard of the job). Currently I am reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child using audiobooks via the BorrowBox app, which is free from Puke Ariki, New Plymouth’s public library.

Miss Macdonald



Library Kaupapa

Instead of shushing students to silence, libraries are now vibrant and diverse environments catering to the different needs of our school community: study, reading, relaxing in a variety of ways, catching up with friends and of course, the time-honoured tradition of last-minute homework.

These days, our library has both noisy and quiet spots, students listening to music with headphones or watching the latest game on a device. Above all, our boys love sharing and collaborating. This is the ‘new normal’ and I love it!

Please read the library kaupapa to ensure everyone enjoys their library experience.

Library History

The first library was established when the school opened in 1882, with a grand total of 200 books. It moved seven times before a purpose-built library opened in 1939. This beautiful building is now known as ‘the old library’ and has been re-purposed as a dormitory following the deconstruction of Carrington House in 2014. In 1986 Cramond Library was built, named after Geoffrey Crammond, headmaster from 1972-1978.


Borrow a book
Books and e-books are issued for three weeks and can be renewed twice (unless reserved)

Log on to the school computers to print – $ comes off your print account

Log in to the photocopier to photocopy – $ comes off your print account


Give your assignments that professional look – $2.50 (minimum of 5 pages)

Binding image

Yes we do!   A4 ($1.00) and A3 ($2.00)