Longer branch library hours start 15 April

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester today confirmed on-going additional opening hours and days for some branch libraries in response to the closure of the Central Library.

“In the two weeks after the Central Library was closed our branch libraries overall had 9276 more customer visits than when compared to the two weeks before – an increase of 21 percent.”

“During this time, some of our more popular neighbourhood libraries showed significant increases in customer visits, with Karori Library up 21 percent or 3567 more visits. Visits to Wadestown Library went up 20 percent, Brooklyn Library 18 percent and Newtown Library 6 percent.”

“After the Central Library closed, we acted quickly to relocate some of our Central Library staff out to our branch libraries to respond to the increased customer demand.  So I’m very pleased that with the continued support of our staff we’re able to add 31 opening hours per week across the branch library network. We think we have achieved a good match of customer demand with the right increased hours at the right locations, but this will be closely monitored over the coming weeks,” the Mayor said.

New hours will be in place from Monday 15 April at the following libraries:

  • Brooklyn Library – Wednesdays from 10am to 5.30pm (additional 3 hours)
  • Johnsonville Library – Wednesdays from 9.30am to 8pm (additional 2.5 hours)
  • Karori Library – Tuesdays from 9.30am to 8pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm (additional 3 hours)
  • Miramar Library – Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm (additional 5 hours)
  • Newtown Library – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm (additional 7.5 hours)
  • Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library – Saturdays 9.30am to 5pm (additional 1.5 hours)
  • Wadestown Library – Wednesdays from 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm (additional 8.5 hours)

Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds Wellington City Council’s community facilities portfolio, says the first pop-up in Manners Street is due to open in late May, with other library pop-ups opening throughout the year. “The new hours may gradually reduce over time as the CBD library network pop-ups are opened,” she said.

Further details of the locations and services available at the library pop-ups will be announced in the coming weeks. Services are likely to include selections of popular and new items, reserve pick up service, returns, wifi and internet access. Library staff will be on hand to answer questions, process payments, register new customers, and provide support and advice on the wide range of online content available through our eLibrary.

It is anticipated the pop-up service hours will include evenings and weekends.

First pop-up library service for CBD in Manners Street

Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, today announced the return of library services to the CBD with a new pop-up space set to open in Manners Street. “Manners Street is an ideal location to provide convenient services right in the heart of our city. I am thrilled we have been able to quickly secure this site for the first in what will be a network of library services across the CBD.”

“The new library services pop-up will share 12 Manners Street with the Council service centre that was already planned for the site. It will be great for people to have access to a range of services under the one roof. Both services will open in late May,” said Mr Lester.

At the pop-up, customers will be able to browse and borrow a range of popular and new items, pick up reserves, and return books and other library resources. Self-service options will be available and library staff will be on hand to answer questions, process payments, register new customers, and provide support and advice on the wide range of online content available through our eLibrary.

Free WiFi and some printing, photocopying and internet access facilities will also be available. It is anticipated the pop-up service hours will include late nights and weekends.

“Work to set up the pop up service is already underway. There are lots of moving parts to manage – first we need to complete a fit out, set up our IT infrastructure, select which parts of our collection will be available, and work with our staff.”

“We know Wellingtonians want more access to library services in the CBD and this will take some time. Since the closure of the Central Library, in addition to locating suitable pop up spaces, we’re also working to find innovative ways we can partner with other providers to quickly offer other services like internet access, printing, WiFi, and research services at CBD locations,” said Mr Lester.

Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds the community facilities portfolio, says Council has also increased capacity in our branch network of 11 community libraries.

“Central Library staff are being relocated throughout our branches, to provide additional hands on deck as well as increased opening hours at some libraries,” she said.

The Manners Street pop-up is just the first in what will be a network of library services residents can access across a range of CBD locations. Details of other pop up locations and services will be announced in the coming weeks.

Update on library services

Central Library closure FAQs

Our Central Library building is closed until further notice. The footpath around the library building and the public library car park are also closed. We’ve made the decision to close the Central Library after receiving advice from engineers that the building has structural vulnerabilities which mean it may not perform well in the event of a significant earthquake.

The Central Library is one of Wellington City’s busiest buildings, with 3000 visitors a day. We realise this closure will affect many people and we are working hard to minimise disruption. The building is not damaged but the vulnerabilities identified using new guidelines from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are such that Wellington City Council has made the decision to close the building to the public and relocate our staff while next steps are planned. Further information (including the engineers’ report) on this decision can be found on wellington.govt.nz.

You can still use any one of our 11 branch libraries located in suburbs across Wellington – information about these can be found here. We’re working on how we can extend our branch hours and open some of our branches for additional hours during the evenings and weekends. We’re also working to set up alternative library services in the central city.

If you currently have items on loan from the Central Library, we have adjusted the due date to 1 May. You can either hold on to the item for now or return it to one of our other branches. We won’t charge you a fee if you return items to another branch.

If you prefer to return books in the central city, we have set up a small returns box in the ground floor reception area of the Wellington City Council building at 101 Wakefield Street. This is an interim measure until we can get a larger returns area set up. This is only for book returns at this stage and is available from Monday-Friday 7.30am–5.20pm.

We are working on ways to make the Central Library’s collection available while the building is closed and will make further information on this available via this website and social media. In the meantime, collections of the Central Library are not displayed on our online catalogues. If you want to reserve items from another branch library,  there is currently no fee for this service.

We have set up a library desk in the foyer of the Wellington City Council building at 101 Wakefield Street. Staff can answer your general enquiries about library services including membership registration, questions about customer accounts, placing reserves, and how to access our eLibrary resources.

Update:  There will be extended opening hours at Newtown, Karori, Brooklyn, Kilbirnie and Johnsonville libraries on Saturday 30 March and 6 April. Temporary opening hours are:

  • Karori and Johnsonville: 9am-5pm
  • Newtown and Kilbirnie 10am-5pm
  • Brooklyn: 10am-2pm

This is just a small first step to help people affected by the central library closure to access library services in their community.

We know that customers will also want to hear about the other tenants in the Central Library building – the Citizens Advice Bureau and Clarks Cafe:

  • from 25 March 2019, services of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau are available from Wellington City Council’s ground floor foyer, 101 Wakefield Street. You can reach them on 04 472-2466 or via cab.org.nz
  • Clark’s Café has also closed. Wellington City Council staff are talking with them about suitable alternative premises.

If you have any questions about library services or your library card details, please email us.

 

Meri Kirihimete from WCL’s Library Manager

Kia ora koutou
2018 has been another busy and exciting year at Wellington City Libraries. From Virtual Reality to Crafternoons, Creative Writing Workshops to Let’s go Lego, we’ve had a year jam-packed with interesting activities and events. This year we’ve been delighted to start a number of new programmes including Code Club, which has been the subject of great feedback from kids and parents alike.

A particular highlight for me was marking 125 years of Suffrage. The banners in the Central Library entrance, voting booths, and 1893-esque photos taken by staff gave the whole event a feeling of excitement and importance.

2018 has seen us break ground on Waitohi, the new Johnsonville Library and Community Hub. From small beginnings early in the year, the new building is now flying up. Waitohi will have a dedicated Makerspace and we’ll be running lots of interesting programmes there. I’m looking forward to seeing it open this time next year, and the staff can’t wait to show everyone the new spaces and reimagined precinct.

Having taken over the role of Library Manager in June, I would also like to thank our previous Library Manager Chris Hay. Chris did a wonderful job of managing Wellington City Libraries over the previous 2 1/2 years, and is now enjoying the role of Manager of Tūranga, the new Central Library in Christchurch.

Our library never (or hardly ever) sleeps! We added more than 86,000 new items into our collections, and have been privileged to have 2.6 million people through our doors this year so far. Thank you all for continuing to be such enthusiastic library users!

We hope you have a wonderful festive season, and look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.

Ngā mihi nui,
Laurinda

It’s Christmas Storytime Time Again!

Deck the Halls with Books of Jolly! Fa la la la la….

Christmas Storytimes are back!

Dust of your jingle bells, catch a sleigh ride, and follow the reindeer footprints into your local library for fun family storytimes to get your into the festival Christmas spirit.

These storytimes will be filled with stories and songs for the Christmas season, and are suitable for families with children of all ages. Come along in a Christmas costume, or your coziest pyjamas!

All storytimes start at 6pm and run for 45mins.

When and Where:

Monday 17th December

Brooklyn, Cummings Park (Ngaio), and Miramar Library,

Tuesday 18th December

Central Library, Children’s section

Thursday 20th December

Wadestown, Karori, Khandallah, Mervyn kemp (Tawa) and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Libraries, and Island Bay Community Centre

Friday 21st December

Newtown and Johnsonville Libraries

These are free events, and bookings aren’t required.

Grab your holiday reading in the December Book Sale!

Every year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for the book sales. Judging by its past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.

Highlights of this sale: plenty of children’s picture books, young adult reads along with a wide variety of adult fiction, DVDs, CDs and magazines on every topic imaginable. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. With prices starting at 50c for childrens and young adult books, you really don’t want to miss out!

The book sale will run from Wednesday 5th December — Sunday 16th December. See you there!

We have tablets available to borrow at most libraries

Customer tablet with booksSince earlier this year, adult customers have been able to borrow   iPad minis for 3 weeks from the Second Floor desk at the Central Library. They are now also available at the following libraries: Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Island Bay, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Johnsonville, Karori and Cummings Park (Ngaio)!

These tablets are perfect if you would like to become more familiar with the library’s eResources such as free eBooks (Overdrive), newspapers (PressReader), magazines (RBdigital), and other online resources. Loans are $5, and community card discounts apply.  Tablets are reset between each customer and renewals are not possible.

Please make a booking if you would like an introduction to the library’s eResources, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup time. Alternatively, ask one of our staff at the libraries above about borrowing a tablet, and if one is available you will be able to borrow it immediately.

Plenty of choice in the May book sale!

Every year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for the May book sale. Judging by its past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.

Highlights of this sale: a great range of non-fiction books, along with a wide variety of adult fiction, DVDs, CDs and magazines on every topic imaginable. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines, adult fiction, and young adult/teens books with most other items between $1 and $6 and some marked prices.

UPDATE: Fill a shopping bag with booksale items for $10 on the book sale’s remaining days: Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May.  Single item sales will remain at reduced prices.

Make, create or innovate these April holidays

Spin a Sphero, make music, code a cart, and rock with a robot! These April school holidays, your children can get to be an engineer, architect, or scientist at your local library. There are eight different robot and coding events happening across Wellington City Libraries: we have some of the latest programmable toys, gadgets and robots, or they can get creative with Lego and coding games. Best of all, they are open to all ability levels.

Here’s where and when the activities are happening:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 17th April, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 18th April, 10.30am

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 19th April, 10.30am

Karori Library: Friday 20th April, 2.30pm

Johnsonville Library: Monday 23rd April. 2.30pm

Newtown Library: Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am

Khandallah Library: Thursday 26th April, 10.30am

Central Library: Friday 27th April, 10.30am

These free events are for children aged 6+ and run for 1 hour. No need to book – just turn up! Contact your library to find out more information – or follow our Kids Blog or our Facebook page for updates.

Summer booksale starts Tuesday 5 December

booksale2014aEvery year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for our book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.

Highlights of this two-week sale include a great range of non-fiction, supported by a wide variety of DVDs and CDs. As at each previous event, stock is replenished at regular intervals ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines,while adult fiction, young adult/teens books and most other items are between $1 and $6.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 5 December at 9.30am, Central Library.