Borrowing

On this page you will find: what you can borrow, how long you can borrow it for, and how much it costs (also see our separate overdues page).

Links on this page:

Note:

CYA = Children's and Young Adult Collection.

CSC discount = Community Services Card discount. (See details below table)

Adults Children & Young Adults Out of Towner Leisure Card discount [1.]
Books FREE for 3 wks FREE for 3 wks $2 for 3 wks FREE for 3 wks
Magazines 50c for 1 wk 50c for 1 wk $2.50 for 1 wk 50c for 1 wk
CYA Magazines 50c for 1 wk FREE for 1 wk $2.50 for 1 wk 50c for 1 wk (on an adult card, free on a child's card)
Māori & English
language learning AV [2.]
FREE for 4 wks FREE for 4 wks $2 for 4 wks FREE for 4 wks
CDs $1 for 1 wk $1 for 1 wk $3 for 1 wk 50c for 1 wk
CYA CDs $1 for 1 wk FREE for 1 wk $3 for 1 wk 50c for 1 wk (on an adult card, free on a child's card)
Select CDs [3.] $1 for 3 days $1 for 3 days $3 for 3 days 50c for 3 days
DVDs $4 for 1 wk $4 for 1 wk $6 for 1 wk $2 for 1 wk
CYA DVDs $4 for 1 wk 80c for 1 wk $6 for 1 wk $2 for 1 wk (on an adult card, 40c on a child's card)
Select DVDs [3.] $4 for 3 days $4 for 3 days $6 for 3 days $2 for 3 days
Boxed DVDs[4.] $8 for 3 wks $8 for 3 wks $10 for 3 wks $4 for 3 wks
CYA Boxed DVDs $8 for 3 wks 80c for 3 wks $10 for 3 wks $4 for 3 wks, (on an adult card, 40c on a child's card)
Videos $3 for 1 wk $3 for 1 wk $5 for 1 wk $1.50 for 1 wk
CYA Videos $3 for 1 wk FREE for 1 wk $5 for 1 wk $1.50 for 1 wk, (on an adult card, free on a child's card)
CD-ROMs $3 for 1 wk $3 for 1 wk $5 for 1 wk $1.50 for 1 wk
CYA CD-ROMs $3 for 1 wk FREE for 1 wk $5 for 1 wk $1.50 for 1 wk, (on an adult card, free on a child's card)
Kits (Cassettes or CDs) $1 for 4 wks $1 for 4 wks $3 for 4 wks 50c for 4 wks
CYA Kits $1 for 4 wks FREE for 4 wks $3 for 4 wks 50c for 4 wks, (on an adult card, free on a child's card)
Bestseller Books [5.] $5 for 10 days $5 for 10 days $7 for 10 days $5 for 10 days
Bestseller Magazines $2.50 for 1 wk $2.50 for 1 wk $4.50 for 1 wk $2.50 for 1 wk
Vinyl records $1 for 1 wk $1 for 1 wk $3 for 1 wk $1 for 1 wk
CD Language Kits $3 for 4 wks $3 for 4 wks $5 for 4 wks $1.50 for 4 wks
Audiobooks on CD $3 for 4 wks $3 for 4 wks $5 for 4 wks $1.50 for 4 wks
CYA Audiobooks on CD $3 for 4 wks FREE for 4 wks $5 for 4 wks $1.50 for 4 wks, (on an adult card, free on a child's card)

Table footnotes:

  1. Library cardholders who live or pay rates in Wellington city who are also WCC Leisure, Community Services or Super Gold Cardholders; card must be shown to receive discount. "Out of Town" cardholders are ineligible for this discount. Back
  2. AV material teaching Māori & English includes CDs, CD-ROMs, Videos, Cassettes, Kits and all of the the Adult Learning collection. Back
  3. Select Collection Sticker LogoThe 'Select' collection is designed to make it easier to borrow heavily used and reserved items within our audiovisual collection at Central Library. The titles in this collection have a reduced loan period of 3 days, meaning you can access the most popular CDs and DVDs faster for the same price and find them on the shelf more often. Items in this collection also cannot be reserved - so are more immediately available. Look for the logo on the right Back
  4. A boxed DVD set is defined as more than 300 viewing minutes. Back
  5. Bestsellers concession cards cost $25.00 and entitle you to six Bestsellers issues (i.e. one free). Back

Is there a limit on how many items I can borrow?

No. There is no limit to the number of items you can take out, but if someone wishes to borrow all items on the subject, we may ask you, in fairness to other library users, to limit your selection.

Interlibrary Return Fees

An interlibrary return fee of $1 per item applies when a library item is returned to a library it wasn't issued from: as an example, books borrowed from Miramar Library are returned at Central Library. Returning items to the library you borrowed them from means they are back on the shelves sooner, for others to borrow. It means we can provide a more efficient service so that you get the most out of our libraries.

Renewing items

You can renew your item(s) for one more loan period (for example 3 weeks for books, 1 week for CDs & DVDs) from the original due date, unless it has been reserved by another customer. Only 1 renewal per item is possible, and this can be done when you check your card online, or by asking a librarian for help in our libraries. Please note that if the item being renewed had a rental fee when first loaned (eg CDs & DVDs) that an additional rental fee will be charged to you when you renew it. If the item being renewed did not have a rental fee when first loaned (eg books), then the renewal is free.

Reserves, Interloans & Suggestions To Buy

Follow the links below to find out about how to:

Also note:

Leisure Card and Community Service Card holders are eligible for discounted services. More information about the Leisure Card is available on the Wellington City Council website.

For more information about our borrowing services please e-mail us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz or phone your local branch.

Search our Catalogue and check whether an item is on our shelves before you come into the library.

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