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The Gore District Council protects the privacy of our website users.

Collection, storage and use of personal information

The collection, storage and use of personal information by the Council is regulated by the Privacy Act 1993. If you provide personal information through this website we will only use that information in our dealings with you, keep that information secure and not disclose that information to a third party.

We will only use your personal information if you have given consent for us to do so. You can ask for access to your information or for corrections to be made.

For more detailed information please refer to the Privacy Act 1993.

Food and Drink Policy


We understand that food and drink may contribute to the enjoyment of your visit to the Gore District Libraries. As staff we have a responsibility to manage the consumption of food and drink to protect resources and equipment.


  • Drinks are allowed in spill-proof containers.
  • Cold, odour-free food can be consumed in the libraries. This includes food like sandwiches, snack food and sushi however, please do not consume hot or smelly food in the libraries.
  • Please approach staff if any spills occur so that we can provide you with the appropriate cleaning equipment.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the library. In the Gore District Libraries food and drink are not permitted in the following areas: Around library computers, because spilled food or drink damages equipment. Upstairs in the Gore Libraries Te Puna o Tūtemākohu room (research room) because of the precious nature of our Māori and Local Heritage Collection.
  • We ask that all children who are eating and drinking are seated in the children’s area and are overseen by a caregiver. Please notify staff of any mess so that the appropriate equipment can be supplied to the caregiver for tidying up.

Please approach a staff member if you have any questions and we thank you for your consideration

Unaccompanied Children Policy


All children are welcome in our libraries, but they are not the responsibility of staff. This page details the Gore District Libraries policy for unaccompanied children.


  • Children under the age of 8 should always be accompanied by an adult caregiver and not be left alone in our libraries.
  • Children under the age of 8 may not be left in the care or supervision of any child who is under 14 years of age. If this should occur, the child/children will be considered to be unaccompanied, and a parent will be contacted.
  • Adult caregivers are responsible for the active supervision of their children while visiting our libraries. This means that children are being supervised and the carer is able to provide immediate assistance or intervention.
  • In the case of an emergency, if an adult caregiver cannot be found or contacted, we may call the police. We appreciate your co-operation in helping us provide a safe and inviting environment for all library customers, including children.