The H B Williams Memorial Library was opened in April 1967. Designed by Colin Pilbrow, it was hailed as and remains a magnificent example of 1960s architecture. With its sweeping roofline and up-to-the-minute fittings, the new library was the picture of modernity. At the time it had the largest plate glass windows seen in Gisborne.

On this website you will find all the resources to give you insight into this important example of Gisborne’s modernist heritage. From building plans to historic photographs, information about the architect and the kinds of modernism that occurred in Gisborne in the 1950s and 1960s, this is your one-stop-shop for heritage information about the H.B. Williams Memorial Library building.