Law for Lunch this Wednesday – transition to care facilities

You are welcome to attend the last Law for Lunch talk for this year focusing on retirement villages, residents’ rights and the law. Law for LunchIt will be presented by Kylie Haw, a lawyer at Carter Chung Law and Sheila Reed, a coordinator at Age Concern. Kylie practices mainly in property law, including commercial and general trust law, and Sheila is a specialist in providing confidential support, advocacy and information for people.

Come along to hear about the latest changes to the law, ask your questions and share your thoughts with us. Some of the key topics will be

  • Retirement Villages Act
  • Residents’ rights and dispute resolution
  • Types of legal titles

The presentation will be held this coming Wednesday, August 31st, from 12 noon to 1pm at the Karori Library, 247 Karori Road. Refreshments will be served.


We’re launching a vinyl collection!

Exciting news for music lovers – we’re launching a brand new vinyl collection for you to borrow from! In September we’re hosting a launch party with DJs, guest speakers and more! Stay tuned for more updates, and take a sneak peek at some of the titles in our collection in the video below:

Plus, it’s competition time! Name as many of the albums in the teaser video as you can, email us at with your answers and you could win some fab music prizes!

We have a new WCL Mini app

We have a brand-new look for our WCL Mini app!

If you already had the previous app installed, you should be prompted to update to the new version the next time you open it. Otherwise, the new app is available for download now in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The new app features a fresh design featuring our favourite nikau palm – this is what you will see in the App and Play stores:

WCL Mini in the App StoreWCL Mini in Play Store
The app has some great new features, including:

  1. Virtual library card: When you are logged in to the WCL Mini app, under “My Account” you will find a barcode for your library card which can be read by our self-issue scanners. Nifty!
  2. Pay fines & fees: There is a link from the app’s main menu to pay your fines and fees online.
  3. eLibrary access: Find links to Overdrive, Borrowbox, ComicsPlus, Zinio and our databases from the eLibrary sub-menu
  4. Twitter and Facebook: Our social media feeds are integrated within WCL Mini.

Here’s a quick peek at the new look app home page:


Please note: For iOS users, this is a new app, not just an update to the old app. Once you have downloaded the new app, you may delete the previous app from your device. Android users can just update their existing app to the new version.

If you have any issues with the app, please report them using our technical support form.

We will also be rolling out the new nikau icon to our social media platforms, so don’t be alarmed if you see the new icon associated with our social accounts. Happy reading!

Law for Lunch this week – Tenancy and the current law


You are all invited to attend the first Law for Lunch seminar this August presented by Alan Henwood from the Tenancy Tribunal, and Community Law Wellington. Come along to hear about

  1. The recent changes to tenants’ liability for damage
  2. Residential Tenancies Act overview and
  3. How Tenancy Tribunal can help you if you have a dispute

You are all welcome to attend, hear about your rights and obligations as a tenant or a landlord and understand when and how you could take action. Ask your questions and learn how tenancy disputes can be resolved and an agreement between parties is achieved. Listen to good legal advice from law experts on how to defend your rights.

The presentation is held this Wednesday, August 3, from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Wellington Central Library. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about Law for Lunch events, please visit


Listen to the Ruth Gotlieb oral history

Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill and John Stears You can now listen to interviews with Ruth Gotlieb on our website, detailing her fascinating life; growing up in Ireland and emigrating to Australia then New Zealand. The oral histories include an in-depth discussion of her 27 year career serving as a councillor and board member, with the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington Harbour Board and the Capital & Coast District Health Board.

Ruth Gotlieb’s honours include having the library in Kilbirnie renamed Ruth Gotlieb Library, being awarded a Queen’s Service Order in 1995, and named Wellingtonian of the year in 2010. Ruth has contributed many hours volunteering with numerous organisations and as Justice of the Peace, and continues to do so to this day.

Check out the oral histories here – Ruth Gotlieb oral history page.

(Pictured: Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill (Manager, Community Networks) and John Stears (Libraries & Community Spaces Manager) at the page launch)


American Sniper is the new #BigLibraryRead

biglibreadEvery three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club! This time the Big Read is the book American Sniper (available as an eBook and eAudio) and the bookgroup runs from now until Thursday 31 March.

About the book:

American Sniper is the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and was the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.


Exciting new additions and enhancements to Zinio

We have added some new titles to our WCL Zinio eMagazine collection and they are available now, free to read with your library card. Back issues for one year are also available for these new titles!

Adweek via ZinioAdweek
Android Magazine
Australian Knitting
Country Living
Diabetic Living
Film Comment
Gay Times
Country Living via ZinioGrazia UK edition
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
HELLO! magazine
Marie Claire Fashion Shows
Men’s Health
N-Photo: the Nikon magazine
Red UK
Rolling Stone Australia
Teen Vogue
The Beer Connoisseur Magazine
The Week

When you are browsing Zinio you can locate any of these new titles by entering the name in the search box or choosing a genre. You can also find a full list of our Zinio titles here.

New features:

The following enhancements have also been added to the Zinio for Libraries apps. These should improve your Zinio experience even more!

• Direct links to check out new magazines from within the app (iOS & Android)
• Download preferences for automatically downloading checkouts or queuing up multiple magazines for batch downloading (iOS)
• Enhancements to storage management, including display of file size on devices (iOS)
• Instant reading available in an online reader for desktop & mobile

Plus, offline reading on iOS, Android and Kindle is now available! By logging in to the app using the same email and password used to check out magazines, magazines can be read offline (once downloaded).

If you haven’t explored Zinio yet – there’s more information about this collection on our MyGateway magazines page, together with advice on how to set yourself up on your desktop or mobile device. Enjoy!

Paid internet service changes

From 21 February 2016, Wellington community services, leisure and gold card holders will receive a discount for our paid internet service. Customers need to show their community services, leisure or gold card to obtain this discount for internet time.

iStock_000004470271XSmallThe fees are :
15 mins = 80 cents
30 mins = $1.50
45 mins = $2.30
1 hour = $3
1 hr 15 mins = $3.80 etc
This only applies to internet time, and not to any other related customer PC service such as printing or scanning.

Remember that all New Zealand web-sites are free to use for all customers. For example *, * This is no change.

Christmas & New Year holiday hours for 2015

Summer snowmanWe will be closed for a few days break over Christmas & the New Year so here are our opening hours across all our branches for the 2015/2016 holiday season (from 24 December-4 January). Click on the table for a larger view or follow this link. Please note we will be closed for four days from 25-28 December and also 1-4 January. Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Tuesday 5 January.


ComicsPlus mobile access now available!

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440Have you tried our new eLibrary service ComicsPlus yet? It has a vast collection of diverse comics and graphic novels for all ages which can be read on a computer. And now we have mobile access! Read comics and graphic novels on your smartphone or tablet by accessing ComicsPlus through the WCL mini app on your device.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end!

Follow the steps below for how to get started on ComicsPlus on a mobile device. (Alternatively, you can find help for desktop or laptop access here.)

  1. Select the ‘ComicsPlus’ link and once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’.
  2. Select Wellington City Libraries from the drop-down list and then register with your email and password.
  3. To sign-in enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!

WCL app screenshot

ComicsPlus bookshelf

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