He Matapihi Molesworth Library now open

Wellingtonians have today gained a second central city library service, this time with a focus on Aotearoa, with the opening of a new cooperative space in the National Library.

He Matapihi Molesworth Library was opened today with a small Whakatau before the library officially opened to the public.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says, “It’s a pleasure to add this welcoming new space to our CBD library network. Wellingtonians now have access to over 5000 items in our Aotearoa and Māori collection in one special location. We’re very thankful for the support we’ve received from everyone as we’ve been developing our replacement library services following the closure of the Central Library.”

He says the Council’s first replacement library service, Arapaki Manners Library which opened in May, continues to receive positive feedback from visitors. “I hope He Matapihi Molesworth will be just as well-received, and we are also looking forward to the opening of our third CBD library in the Harbour City Centre early next year, and to getting our new collection and distribution centre up and running in Johnsonville.”

National Librarian Bill Macnaught says the library opening marks the first milestone in a successful ongoing partnership between the National Library and the Council which allows people to access the knowledge held in both collections. “The new library is next to our popular He Tohu exhibition and provides a shared space that school groups and other visitors will be able to use.”

Community facilities portfolio leader Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says staff have carefully hand-picked the new library’s Aotearoa collection to make sure a mix of items are available which reflect the depth of material on New Zealand society and culture. “We’re also happy to include a dedicated children’s section.”

Items can be borrowed or browsed and include topics such as Māori and Māori local history, NZ fiction, biography, books in te reo, art and architecture, natural history, general history and social comment. The library also offers magazines, access to digital content, free WiFi, public PCs, printing and seating. Library staff are on hand to answer questions and join up new members. Hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm Saturday. Further library information can be found via the Visit He Matapihi Molesworth Library branchpage.

Haven’t sent off your voting papers? Vote at your local library

Voters who have not yet sent off their voting papers by mail have until 12 noon on Saturday October 12 to drop them in the ballot boxes at any Wellington City library, including Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre, He Matapihi Molesworth Library, plus the Strathmore Park Community Centre, Newlands Community Centre, Linden Social Centre, and the Wellington City Council offices level 16 reception area at 113 The Terrace.

This election, for the first time, Wellington City Council is also hosting a ‘special vote hub’ to provide more voting options for the tens of thousands of voters who commute into the capital each day.  The special voting hub is for voters in the Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Upper Hutt, Kāpiti Coast, South Wairarapa, Carterton, and Masterton city and district council elections.

“Any voter who lives in the greater Wellington region can apply for a special vote at the Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre, no matter where they live,” says Wellington City Electoral Officer, Warwick Lampp. “This means that if you travel into Wellington City, you can pick up special voting forms here rather than at the Council office near your home address.”

Special votes are available for anyone who has enrolled late, lost their original voting document, or to avoid inconvenience or hardship. You can apply for a special vote from 20 September to midday 12 October by going to the Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre in Manners Street.

There is also a voting box at the Wellington Railway Station for the final week of voting – from 6.30am to 9.30am, and from 4pm to 6.30pm.

Wellington to have a third new central city library

Wellington is to have a third new central city library, this time in the Harbour City Centre on Brandon Street. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the Council has finalised a partnership with building owners Cornerstone Partners making the central location possible. He says the Council expects the new library to open early next year. He says the library will be the largest of the Council’s three CBD branches to be developed at around 1400 square metres across a ground and a mezzanine level. A privately operated café will operate on the ground floor next to the library.

The Mayor says that careful planning is underway to make best use of the space for study, relaxation and access to collections and services. “This fantastic location has given the Council an opportunity to develop another fresh and innovative space for Wellingtonians to learn, relax and be inspired.”

Community facilities portfolio leader Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says the planned Brandon Street library will complete the new CBD library network, along with Arapaki Manners Library, and He Matapihi Molesworth Library which is due to open in October.

Councillor Fitzsimons says she’s delighted that the new library will focus on children and families, with a dedicated space for a children’s collection, parents’ room and the very popular Baby Rock ‘n’ Rhyme sessions. “We’re looking forward to bringing programming for children and families back into the central city as the space will give us the ability to hold regular and one-off events.” She says the new library’s wide-ranging collection will have around 20,000 items, almost tripling the number of items on offer to members in the CBD library network.

New Collection and Distribution Centre
The Council has also found a home for Wellington Central Library’s collection of 400,000 items in Johnsonville. The Mayor says the Council is leasing a 2000 square metre, two storey site at 141 Johnsonville Road and will begin development on a new collection and distribution centre.

He says finding the right site marks a key milestone to making items in the Central Library collection accessible once more following the closure of the Central Library building earlier this year. It will give Wellington City Libraries Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui a new centre to manage the entire network’s collection, as the Central Library previously provided this function.

“We’re extremely pleased with this location. It’s been a challenge to locate a safe and suitable space in Wellington which is large enough and ticks all the boxes. This site has excellent access to major transport routes and the building is structurally strong enough to house the collection, with the correct climatic conditions.”

The Council will use the present Johnsonville Library building as an interim extra warehouse facility, once the new Waitohi Library opens in December. The Mayor says more decisions have yet to be made around the new operating model, “but we’re happy to be in a position to now move ahead.”

Work to get the site ready is expected to take several months and items will be available to library members to request after the collection has been relocated.

Before then, Wellingtonians will see over 30,000 items across the CBD library network become available in the next few months: Arapaki Manners Library has a collection of 8,000 accessible items; He Matapihi Molesworth Library, due to open in October, will add around 5,000 items; and the new Brandon Street library will add another 20,000 items when it opens. Wellington’s 11 branch libraries presently hold around 250,000 items which library members can access.

Further information on the new Brandon Street library

  • Once completed, the new library is expected to be open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 5pm and have a 24/7 book returns facility.
  • Items in the collection will include fiction, non-fiction, audio-visual and world languages collections.
  • The new library will have dedicated zones with a variety of seating and spaces for quiet or collaborative work.
  • Popular programmes like Baby Rock ‘n’ Rhyme and pre-school storytimes are planned to be offered along with other events which could include book clubs and author talks, free movie screenings, creative projects and activities.
  • Customers will have access to the library catalogue and website, and a full range of self service options with staff on hand to help.
  • Public computers, printing and photocopying facilities will be available with free Wi-Fi.

Ancestry in August : Ellen Dougherty – family spotlight

Ellen Dougherty, about 1895.  Source: Carterton District Historical Society, Adele Pentony Graham Collection
Reference: PPC.0005  (via Te Ara)

Many of us have some significant historical figures in our family, if you look back at your family tree far enough. One such significant individual in my family is my great-great-great Aunt Ellen Dougherty, who was the first registered nurse in New Zealand. I was lucky that I was able to glean a lot of information from a family book that was published in 2000, but there are plenty of resources available at Wellington City Libraries such as the Ancestry or Find My Past databases, which can help you with your own family research.

Ellen’s Early Life

Ellen Dougherty was born on 20 September 1844 at Port Underwood, the fourth child of Daniel and Sarah Dougherty. At the age of four, Ellen’s family moved to Palmer Head near Lyall Bay in Wellington, following her father’s appointment as the pilot of Wellington Harbour. Daniel Dougherty died when Ellen was 13, and it was after this that the family moved into Wellington.

Nursing Training and Career

Ellen started her nursing life as a probationer nurse in private nursing, and studied at the Wellington Mechanics Institute. Alongside this, she worked with the chemist Charles Decimus Barraud at his shop on Lambton Beach.

Ellen Dougherty was 41 when she began her training at Wellington Hospital in 1885. Within two years of beginning her studies, Ellen had earned certificates in nursing and senior anatomy, passing with distinction. She became head of Wellington hospital’s accident ward and also ran the surgery ward. Ellen was also a member of the Royal Nurses Institute of Great Britain.

In 1893 Ellen was acting matron at Wellington District Hospital. Her role was not made permanent however, so she then moved to Palmerston North Hospital where she was appointed as matron. Life as a matron was very busy. Some of the duties involved: reporting to the doctors, performing emergency amputations when no doctors were available, working until midnight at times as a pharmacist in the dispensary and supervising nursing staff, domestic workers, the cook and grounds people. Ellen was also in charge of the daily records, finances, food buying and storage, linen, patient fees and clothing. The wages for the matron role were £100 a year, and the hospital had 30 beds. In 1899 Ellen Dougherty became qualified as a pharmacist.

First Registered Nurse in New Zealand and Later Life

New Zealand became the first country in the world to have separate legislation for the registration and regulation of nurses in September 1901. The Nurses Registration Act came into law on January 1902, and the first name entered on the registration list was Ellen Dougherty. Ellen retired in 1908, by which time Palmerston North Hospital had grown to twice its original size from when she first started as matron. Ellen moved to Carterton for her retirement, to be closer to family following a stint overseas from 1909-1913. She never married, but had a suitor, said to be James McMenamen, who pursued Ellen for a number of decades. His last proposal to her was when she was aged sixty-five. Ellen died in Carterton on 3 November 1919 aged 75.

 

New Wellington library space named

The new central city library service being developed in the National Library has been given the name He Matapihi Molesworth Library.

The announcement brings Wellingtonians a step closer to enjoying the new cooperative space on the ground floor of the National Library, which is expected to open later this year. The space is being developed in partnership with Wellington City Council.

He Matapihi means ‘a window’, and the name was put forward by Mana Whenua.

National Librarian Bill Macnaught says the name is well-suited for the space. “A window has a view and a connection between spaces. The name highlights the important relationships between He Matapihi Molesworth’s Aotearoa collection, a new shared area, and the National Library’s He Tohu exhibition and collections. People need to continue to have access to the knowledge that both our libraries contain. School visits to He Tohu will be among those to benefit from the new shared space.”

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says it’s been a great opportunity to work in partnership with the National Library on the development. He says the new space will complement National Library’s collections and gives Wellingtonians access to the new library’s Aotearoa and Māori collection of over 5000 books. “He Matapihi Molesworth will be a welcome addition to Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre which opened earlier this year, and will also give library users another service at the other end of the central city area.”

The new library’s collection, which can be borrowed by members, will range over topics such as Māori and Māori local history, NZ fiction, biography, books in Te Reo, art and architecture, natural history, and general history and social comment. It also offers a children’s section, magazines, access to digital content, free WiFi, public PCs, printing and seating spaces.

Dedicated staff from Wellington City Libraries will provide the new service, answer questions and join up new members.

 

Former councillor and library supporter, Ruth Gotlieb, has died

Ruth Gotlieb (centre) with Jane Hill (Manager, Community Networks) and John Stears (Libraries and Community Spaces Manager)
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has paid tribute to Ruth Gotlieb’s stellar career of community service.
Mrs Gotlieb, who was in her 90s, died today. She had a long and successful career serving the people of
Wellington. From 1983-2001 she was an Eastern ward city councillor. She also served on the Greater Wellington Regional Council , the Wellington Harbour Board, and the Capital & Coast District Health Board.

Among the achievements Mrs Gotlieb was most proud of were her role in establishing the Wellington Youth Council, driving the installation of a third cancer-fighting linear accelerator and hydrotherapy pool at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, and sitting on the board that oversaw the upgrade of Wellington Hospital.

“Ruth was a tremendous worker for Wellington,” the Mayor says. “She was on council well before my time, but her reputation survived her years after she left. In recent years I ran into her frequently while she continued to serve her city, and she always exuded great energy and vitality and a love for her city.”

He says it was entirely appropriate that Wellington City Council named its new library at Kilbirnie the Ruth Gotlieb Library in 2000. “Ruth was like a force of nature, and with her strong personality and drive she was a very effective councillor. Last November, when the council hosted a function for all its female councillors over the years, Ruth came along and spoke with wit and energy. She really was one of a kind.”

Mrs Gotlieb was named Wellingtonian of the Year in 2010 and well into her retirement continued to use her free time to help the community. She did volunteer work for Trade Aid, the Cancer Society, Newtown Community Centre, and Ronald McDonald House, among other organisations.

Wellington City Libraries gratefully acknowledges the kindness and support that Mrs Gotlieb showed for our library staff and services over the years.

We treasure this recording “High Tea With Ruth Gotlieb” on our YouTube channel:

To learn more about her life, listen to the oral histories we recorded in 2015 with her, available on our Heritage pages.

Some library hours change from 1 July

Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre has proved very popular with library goers, especially with its extended hours from Monday-Sunday. Due to CBD library services commencing, three of our suburban libraries are making changes to their library hours.

What does this mean for you?

  • Newtown Library will be open until 6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. On Wednesday and Friday, the library is open until 8pm. Saturday hours continue to be 9.30am-5pm.
  • Karori Library will be open until 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday night the library will be open until 8pm; on Saturday the library will be open from 9.30am-4pm.
  • Miramar Library’s Saturday hours are now 10am-12.30pm.

Full details of library opening hours can be found on our branch pages. We thank you for the support for our libraries, and look forward to letting you know updates about central city services as news comes to hand.

Returning your Central Library items

library updateAt the end of April we alerted customers that items loaned from the Central Library had their due dates extended to 19 June. If you have items borrowed from the Central Library, please make sure you return them to any of our 12 libraries so that other library members can enjoy our collections. There are still no fees applicable if you return your items to a branch other than the library you borrowed them from.

Overdue fees will apply if items are not returned or renewed by the due date. We have been sending out courtesy reminders to customers who have items due on that date. If you don’t already receive courtesy reminders, please make sure that your contact details are up to date by emailing us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz or talking to library staff.

New co-operative space to open at National Library

A partnership between the National Library and Wellington City Council to develop library services was announced today by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.

The Minister says since Wellington’s Central Library was closed, the National Library has been working with the Council to look at creative ways to deliver complementary services.

“Both share the goal of making sure people have access to knowledge. It’s great there’s going to be a new co-operative space, where some of Wellington’s Central Library services and collection can complement National Library’s open access research collections,” says Minister Martin.

National Librarian Bill Macnaught says the new space will be adjacent to the popular He Tohu exhibition. “National Library school group visitors will be able to use the new ‘bleachers’ mini theatre area for visits to He Tohu.

Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, says Wellingtonians are missing the Central Library and this is one way this special collaboration can enhance library services to customers. “We’re really excited to work together with the National Library for the benefit of Wellingtonians and all New Zealanders. The partnership with the National Library will form a part of the Capital’s replacement library services network,” says Justin Lester.

The new co-operative space is expected to be open in September offering customers a small collection of books and magazines to browse and borrow, access to digital content, free WiFi, and public PCs. A librarian will be on hand to answer questions and join up new members.

Questions and answers for the National Library & WCC Partnership

When will the partnership space open?
It will take some time to fit out and set up the space, but we aim to have it open in September.

How long will the partnership space be open?
This depends on the Council’s eventual decision about the future of the Central Library building and the National Library’s future use plans for the site. It could be several years before we have a Central Library again.  Our initial partnership agreement is until the end of 2021, at which time both parties will review and agree any changes.

What can I borrow from this library?
We expect around 7,000 items will be available to browse and borrow. Items will have a New Zealand focus and complement the National Library’s existing collection.

What else can I do there?
Get access to digital content, free WiFi, and public PCs with scanning and printing facilities. A librarian will be on hand to answer questions and join up new members.

How many library staff will work there?
Up to 5 Wellington City Libraries’ staff will be based at the partnership space.

When will other pop-up libraries open?
Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre is set to open on Tuesday 28 May.  Details about other library sites in the CBD network will be available in the coming weeks.

What’s happening with the Central Library building?
At this stage we are awaiting further engineering advice on what the options are for addressing the structural issues with the building.  It is likely there will be a range of options for how we approach this and we don’t know yet if this will include any kind of upgrading or redevelopment beyond the required remedial work.