Out On The Shelves 2024

It’s that time of year again! The annual Out On The Shelves campaign runs this year for the entire month of June. Around the country, libraries, bookstores, schools and other organisations are putting on displays and events to celebrate LGBTQIA+ stories, and to help connect rainbow young people to those stories and to each other.

Apart from coming to the library, checking out the cool displays, and reading some of the rad books we’ll be highlighting, there are heaps of ways you can take part. You could:

  • Enter the Rainbow Storytelling Competition – this year there are two age categories (under 16 and 16+) and two storytelling categories (open and poetry). Winning entries will be published in the annual Rainbow Zine.
  • Visit the LGBTQIA+ Reading Room on OverDrive/Libby to check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines.
  • Learn about your rainbow history using the Archives of Sexuality and Gender (check out this handy post to learn more about the Archives and how to use them!)
  • Attend one of our awesome library events for Out On The Shelves — read on to find out more!

School Holidays: WHODUNNIT? at Wellington City SPYbraries

From the 13th to the 28th of April, we invite you to join us for WHODUNNIT? at Wellington City SPYbraries and enter a world of detectives, spies, espionage, and mystery.

We have a whole range of exciting activities planned for you – race against the clock to solve a mystery, search through your local library – sorry, SPYbrary – to solve the mystery of the Golden Tickets, create your own kit of spy gadgets, or put together a tricksy maze using our LEGO® sets – there’s something for everyone!

Wellington City Libraries will also be welcoming two authors into our spaces over the April holidays.

Avril McDonald will be joining us in seven of our libraries for several storytimes throughout the first week of the holidays as she celebrates the launch of her latest book The Wolf and the Hocus Pocus and of the Empowering Brave Voices campaign. For more information about these events, check out this blog post.

Paul Beavis will be leading a fantastic workshop at Te Māhanga | Karori Library in the second week of the holidays where tamariki will get to learn about how a picture book is made and learn some illustration tips and tricks from the master. To find out more about this event, check out this blog post.

Visit this page to see the whole calendar, or read on to find out more about what’s coming up at your local library or community centre!

Top 10 most borrowed titles for 2023

The lists you’ve been waiting for. Here are Wellington City Libraries’ top 10 most borrowed titles for 2023.

Top 10 adult fiction


Top 10 children fiction


Top 10 non-fiction





We are going cashless

Wellington City Libraries (with the exception of Newtown) will be cashless from the start of 2024. We continue to offer a range of ways to pay for fees and charges.

We have made this decision because the cost of cash collection is often higher than the sum received, particularly now that more services are free (removal of overdue fines, free basic printing, free CD borrowing, free internet access), and there are security risks to staff with cash collection. Additionally, since the Covid pandemic more people are sensitive about the health and safety concerns of dealing with cash as well.

How can I pay?

  • with eftpos using the self-issue machine (or ask a staff member)
  • with your debit or credit card online at wcl.govt.nz/payments
  • with cash at Newtown Library or at Arapaki Service Centre on Manners Street, Monday-Friday before 5pm

Do I have to make a payment every time I incur a fee or charge?

  • No, you can accrue small amounts of fees and group them to pay later e.g. monthly
  • You can also pay in advance by purchasing a concession card for dvds and magazine rentals.

New Programme: Cuentacuentos – Storytimes in Spanish

Buenas noticias! We are happy to announce a new programme called Cuentacuentos! These storytimes are delivered entirely in Spanish!

This is a perfect opportunity to practice your Spanish, so get ready for engaging storytelling and exciting activities that will entertain the whole whānau.

Starting from 2nd September, join us at Te Māhanga, Karori Library on the first Saturday of the month at 11am. Mark your calendar!

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