All library branches are closed temporarily

“To help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, we have closed all Wellington City Libraries branches temporarily from Sunday 22 March,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “This follows an announcement from the Mayor for Wellington, Andy Foster earlier today.”

Library customers can access a range of online resources at wcl.govt.nz/elibrary. This includes online storytimes, eBooks, newspapers, movies, and online courses.

Explore our eLibrary

All due dates have been extended to 4 May. We will waive any overdues related to the closures. Please keep items at home until our libraries re-open.

Answers to more frequently asked questions can be found on our COVID-19 FAQs page.

If you have any further questions please contact us by email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz, or by messaging us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Temporary closure of He Matapihi Molesworth Library

“We are supporting the National Library in reducing the spread of Coronavirus, so he Matapihi Molesworth will be closed for the next two weeks,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “We ask customers to use our Arapaki Library in Manners Street, or one of our 11 branches in the interim”.

“People can renew their items by contacting our Libraries team and we are waiving overdue fines until the library reopens.”

“If customers have reserved items to pick up from He Matapihi, one of our Libraries’ team will be in touch to arrange for you to pick it up from either Arapaki Library in Manners Street, or one of our 11 branches around Wellington.

Contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Learn more on the National Library website. and this library website

COVID-19 coronavirus – keeping yourself safe

**If you do have concerns about your health in relation to COVID-19 please contact a health professional. For health specific questions, you can call Healthline directly on 0800 358 5453.

All libraries will be closed temporarily from Sunday 22 March to support efforts in reducing the spread of Coronavirus. 

Where to Find Good Information

Three health organisations who can provide authoritative information about COVID-19 are the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation, and Wellington’s own Capital & Coast Health Board.

The Ministry of Health website is the definitive source of information in New Zealand and provides the latest updates, advice, and guidelines on symptoms, prevention, treatment, travel, home care, and self-isolation. The World Health Organisation has a very comprehensive and useful Q & A page covering wide-ranging topics related to Covid-19, and Capital & Coast provides practical information and guidelines on how you can look after yourself. It also provides a summary of their page in New Zealand Sign Language.

On this library website you can access a number of health and research databases with your library card that can help you to learn about COVID-19 and coronaviruses. Our online health resources include:

Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center: A consumer health resource providing authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices

Consumer Health: Health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine, including a number of full text health magazines.

Alternatively, visit our Health online resources page for a list of all our recommended resources.

What you can do while your local library is closed, or you need to self-isolate

Your library card provides access to a great array of online resources. From film streaming to learning new skills, the resources listed below will help keep you entertained and informed. All resources have a Quick Start Guide and Help information so that everyone from beginners to digital natives can use them.

Beamafilm: Streaming film — over 500 international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus.

Kanopy: Streaming film — over 30,000 titles from around the world. Includes Kanopy Kids.

Libby: OverDrive’s new simplified site and app. Read and listen to  eBooks & eAudiobooks — over 50,000 titles available.

PressReader: Same day access to full-page replicas of newspapers & magazines from NZ and around the world in 60+ languages.

Lynda.com: Unlimited access to over 3500 online video courses. Topics include IT, business, design & more. Learn a new skill!

RBdigital: Over 200 eMagazine titles for reading online or offline — across all genres.

Mango Languages: Learn over 70 new languages on the go!

Naxos Jazz Library: Streaming music — over 210,500 tracks of jazz from more than 17,930 CDs. Includes over 32,000 jazz artists.

For Kids and Teens

If you have children with you during self-isolation try some of these amazing online resources:

Story Box Library: Streaming story times — preschool & primary school age stories read aloud on video by amazing authors & storytellers.

Kids’ eReading Room: Overdrive’s Kids’ eReading Room — our main website filtered just for kids’ material.

Teens’ eReading Room: Overdrive’s Teen eReading Room — our main website filtered just for material for teens.

 

Central Library’s collection is on the move

The Central Library collection is getting ready for its new home in the Johnsonville Collection and Distribution Centre.  A mix of approximately 400,000 books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, newspapers and other reference materials will be carefully packed in order, moved and re-shelved over the coming eight weeks.

“We are pleased to be in the final stages of making the much-loved collection available once again, and we thank our customers for their ongoing support,” says Laurinda Thomas, Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces Manager.

“The Centre in Johnsonville provides both the climatic conditions, space and transport routes needed to manage the collection safely over the long term, until decisions can be made about the future central library services.”

“Although we move thousands of items around our 14 branches every day, this will jump substantially when people are able to order from the CDC. So we are finalising the ordering process and timings so people know what to expect. Towards late April we will advise customers how to order items, and the timings for when they can pick them up from the branch of their choice.”

Over 12,500 items are available in two of the three planned CBD libraries, which opened in May and October last year. Arapaki Library in Manners Street provides a mix of fiction, non-fiction and popular children’s titles. He Mataphi Library within the National Library has over 5,000 items with an Aotearoa and Māori focus.

The third and largest of the three CBD libraries, Te Awe will open in May. Te Awe will provide spaces where people can read, study or collaborate. There is also a dedicated space for a children’s collection, parents’ room and the popular Baby Rock ‘n’ Rhyme sessions.

People will be able to access around 31,000 items which have been tailored to represent the diverse range of subjects which Central Library customers have requested or reserved.

Council staff will be providing advice to the Council on Wednesday 25 March on options for future central library services and the external engineering assessments on the Central Library building. We will share the papers on the Wellington City Council website on 19 March.

Wellington City Libraries’ rare book collection is now housed at the Wellington City Archives at 28 Barker Street.

More information:
Timeline for Wellington Central Library Replacement Services

 

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete from your library

Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager

2019 has been an unprecedented year for Wellington City Libraries, a real year of highs and lows.

The closure of the Central Library in March 2019 affected both our customers and staff deeply, and underscored how valued the Central Library was to us all.

The closure set in motion a huge chain of events, which is still in progress. This included opening two new CBD Libraries, Arapaki and He Matapihi, with a third CBD library  on its way in 2020. Although Arapaki is only 250sqm, it’s had over 225,000 visitors since it opened in May. We’ve also started the fit out of Te Pātaka in Johnsonville, where we’ll be relocating all our Central Library collections and making them available to request. We’re excited to get these up and running.

We’re delighted about the opening of Waitohi, the new Community Hub in Johnsonville, which includes the new Johnsonville Library. Waitohi opened on Saturday 14th December, and is a beautiful facility which connects the Johnsonville Library, Keith Spry Pool, Waitohi Kindergarten, Johnsonville Community Centre and Common Ground Café. Sam who is the owner of Common Ground café also used to run Clarks in the Central Library, and it’s lovely to be able to welcome him back into our facilities.

Throughout the year, we’ve run all kinds of programmes and events, such as He Timotimo, Eavesdropping Underwater, Chinese Language Week, Ozobots vs Minotaurs, and Beyond the Page, to name just a few.  We’ve had a wonderful response to our events in 2019 and we’re looking forward to bringing you lots of new events in 2020.

I would like to end my message with a huge thank you to all our customers. Your support during what has been a difficult and busy time for all the Library staff and your positive response to the new libraries we’ve been opening in the CBD and in the hub at Waitohi has been so heartening for all of us. Our sincere thanks to you all.

Kia pai ngā hararei (have a happy holiday)!

Laurinda

Naming of our newest CBD library caps off busy year for library services

CBD 3

Wellington’s third CBD library has been gifted the name Te Awe (meaning white feathers or plumes) which caps off an eventful but productive year for the city’s library service, says Mayor Andy Foster.

The Mayor says 2019 was extremely busy for staff with the closure of the Central Library building, the opening of two new central city libraries and the Johnsonville Library at Waitohi, and the design and planning of Te Awe Library in Brandon Street. The new collection and distribution centre, which has been named Te Pātaka – a storehouse, is also under construction in Johnsonville and will house the Central Library’s collection of over 400,000 items.

“I’m proud of the many major milestones we have achieved in only nine months since the Central Library closure in March. As well as opening three new libraries, staff have delivered the popular ComicFest and Beyond the Page events, held the Kanopy Film Festival and expanded the digital collections that members can access.

“A new artwork and hoarding has been installed around the Central Library as we begin to look at options for the future of central city library services. This is part of Council’s Te Ngākau programme where staff are considering the future development of the Civic Precinct as a whole, including the Central Library building.” Council staff will be reporting to the Mayor and Councillors on this in March 2020.

“We know that libraries play a key role in the social infrastructure of our communities. They’re crucial to our city both in terms of providing access to a range of collections and programmes which inform, entertain and educate, but also in providing our communities a place to meet, talk and grow.”

Community facilities portfolio leader Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says Te Awe Library is planned to open by May, which will give contractors time to fit out the space.

“We’re working closely with our architects to ensure the design makes best use of the space available and is fit for purpose as the largest new CBD library. The building has undergone significant structural strengthening and the new library space is currently a blank canvas so the fit out will take some months to complete.”

Councillor Fitzsimons says work on Te Pātaka is also well underway and staff expect to begin relocating items in the Central Library collection as soon as February 2020. Items may become available to library members to request as early as April 2020 by which time most items will have been relocated.

More information:
Central city library services FAQs
Timeline for Wellington Central Library Replacement Services

Johnsonville Library is opening at Waitohi Hub!

This Saturday, come and join us at the official opening of Johnsonville Library at Waitohi, the new Johnsonville community hub. There will be a morning of celebrations including the ribbon cutting-ceremony and cultural performances. 

7am-8am Public opening ceremony

  • Master of ceremonies : Jennifer Parker (Wellington City Council)
  • Welcome – Kura Moeahu and Taku Parai (Iwi leaders)
  • Introduction – Laurinda Thomas, Libraries Manager (Wellington City Council)
  • Speech from Hon Tracey Martin – Minister of Internal Affairs
  • Speech from His Worship the Mayor of Wellington
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony
  • Unveiling of commemorative plaque
  • Performance by Wellington Chinese Language School children’s group
  • Wellington Interfaith Council presentation “We Are One”
  • Bharatanatyam performance by Natraj school of Indian dance
  • Lion dance by Wellington China Cultural Centre

The new café, Common Ground Waitohi. will open at 8am and we will have exclusive tours of the building starting at the same time. The new library will open for everyone to visit at 9am. We hope to see you there!

New artwork surrounding Central Library celebrates life of Jacquie Baxter

And only sea is the title of a new artwork on the hoarding surrounding Wellington Central Library, designed by Mata Aho Collective in collaboration with Andre Te Hira. The artwork celebrates the civic and literary life of poet J.C. Sturm, also known as Jacquie Baxter. Baxter worked as a librarian at the Central Library for over twenty years. She was one of the first Māori women to complete an undergraduate degree, the first Māori woman to attain an MA in Philosophy, and also one of the first Māori women to appear in print.

New artwork being installed at Central Library

The artists chose to render one of her poems On the building site for a new library (published 1996), as the work references the construction of the Central Library and also Wellington city’s land reclamation where Civic Square was once underwater. The artwork acknowledges the civic location and literary connection, tells a story about the history of the land and people – connects to the area’s Māori heritage and geography, and celebrates the importance of libraries to our cities as places of learning, refuge and relaxation.

The new artwork provides vibrancy to the area as the long term future of the building and Te Ngākau — Civic Precinct is worked through. There will be a blessing for the new artwork on Sunday 15 December.

To find out more about Jacquie’s life, library staff have compiled a biography, shown below.

Festive storytimes are here!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Deck the halls with books of jolly…! These festive storytimes are a family favourite every year, and we are excited to announce the 2019 line up.

Suitable for families with children of all ages, come along in your favourite Christmas costume or pajamas, and listen to stories and songs about the Christmas Season. No need to book, just turn up!

Thursday 12th December

Karori Library, 6 – 7pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Friday 13th December

He Matapihi (Molesworth St) Library, 10 – 10.45am, Bilingual Storytime

Saturday 14th December

Arapaki (Manners St) Library, 10.30 – 11.15am

Monday 16th December

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, 6 – 7pm
Miramar Library, 6 – 6.45pm
Brooklyn Library, 6.30 – 7.15pm

Thursday 19th December

Island Bay Community Centre, 4.30 – 5.30pm, Christmas Crafts
Island Bay Library, 6 – 6.45pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, 6 – 6.45pm
Khandallah Library, 6 – 7pm
Wadestown Library, 6.30 – 7.15pm

Friday 20th December

Newtown Library, 6 – 6.45pm Multicultural Storytime

Saturday 21st December

Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub, 2 – 3pm

festive-storytimes

 

Holiday hours for 2019/2020

A warm season’s greetings to all our library borrowers and visitors with best wishes for a happy holiday season. Here are the opening hours across all our libraries from Tuesday 24 December 2019 to Friday 3 January 2020.

All our libraries will be closed 25 December, 26 December, New Year’s Day and 2 January. Between Tuesday 24 December and Friday 3 January,  library branches will be open with reduced hours. See our holiday timetable for details.

Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Monday 6 January.

Of course our eLibrary will be available throughout the holiday period! This includes eBooks, eMagazines and streaming movies to keep you entertained, along with newspapers & eMagazines in PressReader. Happy holidays everyone!