Wellington City Libraries

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About Miramar Library

Our History and Community

Dr Nick & Hercules visit Miramar Library

Our library has a long history that dates back to 1933 when Miramar branch library was opened by the then Mayor, Mr T. C. A. Hislop. Since then it has undergone numerous changes, one being a shift in location. Originally the library was situated on Chelsea Street but moved to its current position on Miramar Avenue in 1984 - a location that once housed the old fire station.

Moving closer into the hub of the Miramar community township has meant that the library plays a central role in community life. We have a notice board that is often filled to bursting with news and information on local events. We also keep an extensive vertical file on Miramar, its history and events that take place within the community. A special feature of the vertical file includes original newspaper articles written about the Wahine disaster in 1968.

Among the other significant changes that we have undergone is a huge growth in stock. We now sport a collection of more than 30,000 items compared to the scant 2,500 the Chelsea street site started with! Our branch library is a well utilised library and caters to the borrower needs in the immediate Miramar community and surrounding area.

Our library is recognisable by the rainbow motif that adorns the central spine-like window and the large stone cat sculpture at the entrance to the building. Although the building is small we are big in welcoming everybody and providing the best help we can!!

For more information about the community have a look at the Miramar/Seatoun pages in our local history section.

Puppet show at Miramar Library

Our vibrant team of Librarians work across both Ruth Gotlieb and Miramar Libraries. Our backgrounds are diverse and wide spread, ranging from the far reaches of Britain and China, to the near familiarities of Eastbourne, Timaru, Coromandel Town and Auckland. Driven by a common interest for people and information at work, we also entertain ourselves with a plethora of other interests and passions outside of the workplace. We are trampers, readers, dancers, photographers, artists, gardeners, travellers, chefs, wine and chocolate connoisseurs, cyclists, musicians, poets, swimmers, and conservationists.

Services We Offer

Free and Paid Internet Service

We have computers offering both free access to pre-selected internet sites, and a charged-for service if you want to use the internet for email or other general searching. Prices currently are $3 for half an hour ($1.50 for 15 minutes) plus 20 cents per A4 page printing charge (40c for A3 sheets).
The free internet service provides free access to websites we think are useful for information or research. These include websites such as online newspapers, government websites, some NZ websites, the websites recommended in our kids catalogues and many more.

Word Processing

These same computers offer free word processing with printing charges the same as above. Software available includes: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader. Memory sticks (USB devices) are available for purchasing.


Our photocopier provides both A4 (20 cents per copy) and A3 (40 cents) copies. It is coin-box operated, but we are able to give change.


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.

Fax Machine

We have a fax machine available. There is a $4 base charge for all faxes, plus per page charges for national and international faxes ($1.50 per page for national faxes, $6 per page for international faxes).

Children's Programmes

Bedtime Stories at Miramar Library

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

Our Collection

The Miramar 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 hold foreign magazines in various languages.

Miramar Library has a large audio visual collection of CDs, DVDs (for adults and youth borrowers) and Talking Books.

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

Miramar : Motu-kairangi

The Māori language names selected for the Branch Libraries are based on the physical environment surrounding each library. Miramar is 'Motukairangi'.

In the time of Tara, Motu-kairangi was an island, the largest of the three or four islands within Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Find out more about this name on our Māori branch names page.

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