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.

Library service changes

As a result of the Wellington City Council Long Term Plan 2012 decisions, our programmes have been reviewed. Programmes with lower attendance could no longer be sustained but this decision was not made lightly. Also considered was the best possible schedule to maximise opportunities for customers to attend programmes in each local community area.

Part of the consideration was whether customers would still be able to have access to services we offer now, although there may be changes to the frequency or how the service operates.

This means:

  • One children’s programme only each weekday at Karori.
  • Cummings Park Baby RocknRhyme will now be on Tuesday at 10.30 starting 2nd October. Pre-school Storytimes will be on Wednesday at 10.30.
  • Holiday programmes at Brooklyn and Island Bay will cease but be retained at Kilbirnie, and Central; they will also be held at Karori or Cummings Park, Johnsonville or Tawa, and Newtown or Miramar.
  • Adult book clubs and Tea and Tales will be self-managed.
  • Johnsonville Pre-school Storytimes on Monday will cease but be retained on Tuesday.
  • Wadestown Pre-school Storytimes will cease.
  • Central library Stories at Seven and Saturday Pre-school Storytime will cease

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