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Mō Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Māhanga About Karori Library

Our Library and Community

Karori Library is a branch in the Wellington City Libraries network. The present two level building was opened in November 2005 and includes Cafe on the Square (ph 476 2777). We welcome you to enjoy your food and drink in the library, at the coffee tables downstairs. The site has offered a library service since the 1840's when the library originally operated from the community hall. During the early 1890's it shared the building with the borough council.

Beauchamp Street, just down from the library was named after New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield who lived in Karori for many years. Today Karori is still home to several notable writers.

Karori has a wealth of amenities including many pre-schools and day care centres, primary schools, a private girls school, rest homes, a Victoria University campus, swimming pool, recreation centre (just behind the library) and a wildlife sanctuary. In addition, a shopping mall is located just across the road from the library and to the side are public toilets and a post office.

A significant feature of the walkway adjacent to the library that connects Karori Road to the community centre is a collection of commemorative bricks that were planted by children from local schools. The library holds a plan of their names and the bricks they contributed to the project.

For more information about the community, please have a look at the Karori page in our local history section, or browse our collection of Karori Historical Society files which are kept on the first floor of the library.

Services We Offer

Internet Access

Computers for internet and email access are available at a rate of $1.50 per 15 minutes. Printing is 20c per page black and white, or 50c per page colour. Our free internet service provides free access to selected websites including the Wellington City Libraries website and catalogue, mygateway databases, government sites, select NZ sites, and many more. Wifi is also available from 9.30am-6pm, Monday to Saturday. There is a 100MB daily data limit per customer (network wide) and no password required.

Word Processing

Free word processing is available from our computers. Software includes: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader 6.0. CD and memory sticks (USB devices) are available for purchasing. Printing is 20c per page black and white, or 50c per page colour.


Scanning is available - $1.50 for up to 20MB then 20c for each additional page. Scanning is done by staff. Please ask us about scanning a document for you.


The photocopier is on the ground floor of the library and provides both black and white and colour copying. It is coin-box operated only and accepts all coins. Photocopying rates are 20c per page A4 black and white; 40c per page A3 black and white; $2 per page A4 colour and $3 per page A3 colour.


ZoomText software is available to use on one of our public computers located on the first floor of the library. ZoomText enlarges font size on webpages and electronic documents (email, newspaper databases etc) and can be set to read these aloud or display in high contrast large print. Ask at the upstairs information desk and a librarian will show you the ZoomText computer.

Children's Programmes

Karori Library offers a range of fun and inspiring programmes and events for children including Baby Rock & Rhyme, Preschool Storytime, class visits and holiday activities. For more information about these programmes please visit the Karori Library what's on page.

Adults' Programmes

The library, with adjoining cafe is a great place for group meetings and get-togethers. We host a range of special events for adults throughout the year and regular meetings include a monthly book group and English learner's group. For more information about these events please visit the Karori Library what's on page.

Our Collection

The Karori Library collection offers a range of different material including fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult collections, large print books, bestsellers, magazines, audio books, kohikohinga Maori collection, adult learning (ESOL), comics, maps, reference material and online databases. We also have a Chinese collection and foreign magazines in various languages including Russian and Hindi.

Local history buffs are catered for by the Karori Historical Society files which are kept on the first floor of the library.

The library holds a week's worth of copies of the Dominion Post and the New Zealand Herald. In addition to these newspapers, we also have many Wellington City Council publications and various local news and information sources available.

Karori : Te Māhanga

The Māori branch name for Karori library is Te Māhanga. Te Māhanga stream is the main head branch of the Kaiwharawhara Stream rising at Karori and flowing past Wilton Bush to join the Korimako branch at the top of the gorge of the Kaiwharawhara, a mile and a quarter from its mouth. Interested in other Māori branch names? Visit our Māori branch names page.

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