Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui

Children's and Young Adults' Services

It is free to join the library. Children and young adults can have their own card. Parents must sign the form and are responsible for making sure books and other things are returned on time and not damaged.

Children's Activities

There are story times for pre-school children every week at all libraries and activities in the school holidays for school-aged children. We have other activities for children including baby and parent sessions and book clubs for children of different ages. Check with your local library for a list of events, or visit our What's on page.

Young Adults

Young Adults are aged between 13 and 18 years. Parents must sign the form of any one under the age of 16 and are responsible for making sure books and other things are returned on time.

Our website has a Teens section for young adults.

What you can borrow from the library

All library items, except DVDs, in the children and young adults' areas of the library are free for children and young adults to borrow on their card. You can borrow as many items as you like.

If you do not bring things back on or before the day they are due you will have to pay money. Return things to the library you got them from or you will have to pay $1 for each item.

One week issueLate return fee
DVDs and Videos50c a day
Magazines30c a day
CDs30c a day
Three week issue Late return fee
Books30c a day
Tapes30c a day
Kits (book with tape or CD)30c a day

Books

We have books for babies, young children, school-aged children and teenagers. We have information books to help children and teens with their homework and to study for exams.

We have some books written in different languages for children. Ask a librarian to show you where these are kept or check the catalogue.

Kid's Catalog Web

This catalogue is designed to help children find things in the library. They can use the computers in the library or on the internet. Kids Catalogue also has information about events in the library and links to websites suitable for children. Start searching.

Parents' responsibilities

It is the responsibility of parents and caregivers to know what their children are looking at in the library and taking home on their card.

The library is not responsible for children left unattended. The appropriate authorities may be called if a parent or caregiver cannot be contacted. Our Children's access guidelines are available online.

Children and young adults can look at and borrow all items in the library including items in the adults' section, apart from some videos, DVDs and CDs with a legal censorship classification (e.g. R16).

Study resources

The library has lots of items to help study. These include NCEA study guides, and useful websites S*Lab and Any Questions.

Please ask the library staff if you need help, it is our job to help you.

Our libraries I Joining I Borrowing