Visiting the library under Orange settings

As of Thursday 14 April 2022, all libraries in the Wellington City Libraries’ network remain open under Orange settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with masks required.

To keep everyone safe please:

  • wear a mask unless you have an exemption
  • follow any guidance from our staff or signs
  • stay home if you’re unwell, or someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19
  • be kind – library staff are doing their best to offer our full range of services and facilities

At Orange, programming can be run. However, because staffing shortages are still ongoing, we won’t look to restart programming until staffing is back at a normal level.

Check the Event Calendar and our social media for any updates.
If you’re unwell, please stay home until you’ve recovered.

Event calendar

The Hive Makerspace at Johnsonville Library in Waitohi has re-opened for visits. They are also accepting Laser cutter and 3D Printing jobs over email. More details on our Makerspace page.

The Hive Makerspace

All library members can continue to access a huge range of online resources via our eLibrary – this includes eBooks, magazines, movies, and online courses.

Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under Orange settings can be found on our COVID faqs.

COVID faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Visiting the library under Red settings

As of Friday 8 April 2022, all libraries in the Wellington City Libraries’ network remain open under Red settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with masks required.

He Matapihi Library is the only branch to require Covid Vaccine Pass (CVP) when you visit. This is because we are a tenant of the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ). NLNZ are currently consulting with their staff on the CVP requirements.

To keep everyone safe please:

  • wear a mask unless you have an exemption
  • follow any guidance from our staff or signs
  • be kind – library staff are doing their best to offer our full range of services and facilities while managing the required sign in checks.

Our programming is mostly online under Red settings. Please check our Libraries’ event calendar for in-person programming and events as they resume.

Event calendar

The Hive Makerspace at Johnsonville Library in Waitohi has re-opened for visits. They are also accepting Laser cutter and 3D Printing jobs over email. More details on our Makerspace page.

The Hive Makerspace

All library members can continue to access a huge range of online resources via our eLibrary – this includes eBooks, magazines, movies, and online courses.

Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under Red settings can be found on our COVID faqs.

COVID faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Service changes to help everyone get through

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Like the rest of Aotearoa, we’re making a few changes to continue serving you, while taking steps to protect everyone from COVID-19.

To help people who are isolating or working from home:

  • we are extending the time for picking up reserved items to 14 days
  • you can check whether you can renew items that are due, by logging into your library account or checking the library app on your phone
  • get in touch about any loans or fines on your card so we can help – call (04) 801 4040 or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz
  • don’t forget you can access a huge range of books, magazines, newspapers, music and movies online through our eLibrary
  • keep the young ones entertained using the storytimes on Facebook and YouTube, and the blogs or activities for teenagers on our website.

Unfortunately, there will be times over the next few weeks when our libraries may have to close at short notice while they get a deep clean, or because some of our staff are isolating at home. This also means it’s likely to take a little longer for items to reach the library shelves.

Before visiting your local branch library, check our current opening hours on Facebook, Twitter, our website or by calling (04) 801 4040.

Thank you for your understanding as we get through this together.

Visiting the library under Red settings

Wellington City Libraries are now is Red settingss

All libraries in the Wellington City Libraries’ network remain open under Red settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with COVID Vaccine Pass and masks required.

To keep everyone safe please:

  • wear a mask unless you have an exemption
  • have your vaccine pass ready for scanning
  • follow any guidance from our staff or signs
  • be kind – library staff are doing their best to offer our full range of services and facilities while managing the required sign in checks.

Our programming is mostly online under Red settings. Please check our Libraries’ event calendar for in-person programming and events as they resume.

Event calendar

The Hive Makerspace at Johnsonville Library in Waitohi is closed for visits. They are still accepting Laser cutter and 3D Printing jobs over email. More details on our Makerspace page.

The Hive Makerspace

All library members can continue to access a huge range of online resources via our eLibrary – this includes eBooks, magazines, movies, and online courses.

Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under Red settings can be found on our COVID faqs.

COVID faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Library Lockdown Distractions: WCL podcast series

 

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In this series of blogs, we want to focus on some small element of our fabulous resources and in this blog, we would like to place the spotlight on our very own podcast collection, which features a wide diversity of recordings made especially by the library, often in conjunction with partners.

The recordings vary in length from 15 mins to an hour; from concise, in-depth one to one interviews with award winning authors, to recordings of some of our many and diverse public events. They include a wide range of content: African poetry readings to Ngaio Marsh mystery fiction panels to Comicfest panels and beyond.  Click here to access the full list but for a small taster of what we have on offer just look below. Perfect long or short term lockdown distractions.

All libraries are closed during COVID-19 Alert Level 3

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covid19 logoFollowing the move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August, all Wellington City Libraries branches will remain closed.

While we are closed, library members can access a range of online resources in our eLibrary. This includes a huge range of online storytimes, eBooks, newspapers, movies, and online courses.

If you have items on loan, please keep them at home until our libraries reopen. Their due dates have been extended automatically until at least Tuesday 28 September.

All reserved items will be held until one week after libraries reopen, so you will have time to collect them.

If you’re not a member, you can join the library to access the online resources.

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Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under COVID Alert Level 3 can be found on our COVID faqs

COVID faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

All libraries are closed during COVID-19 Alert Level 4

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All Wellington City Libraries’ branches will be closed temporarily from 11:59pm, Tuesday 17 August under Covid-19 Alert Level 4.

While we are closed, library members can access a range of online resources in our eLibrary. This includes a huge range of online storytimes, eBooks, newspapers, movies, and online courses.

If you have items on loan, please keep them at home until our libraries reopen. Their due dates have been extended automatically until at least Tuesday 28 September

All reserved items will be held until one week after libraries reopen, so you will have time to collect them.

If you’re not a member, you can join the library to access the online resources at wcl.govt.nz/join.

Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under COVID Alert Level 4 can be found here: wcl.govt.nz/help/covid-19-faqs.html#faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

COVID-19 Update : Libraries at Level 1

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COVID-19 logoWellington will move to COVID Alert Level 1 from 11:59pm, 29 June 2021.

We ask everyone to continue recording your visits to our branches using the QR codes.

With libraries returning to Level 1 tomorrow, our events and programmes for kids, teens and families resume. Please check the Libraries’ event calendar for details of what’s on.

If you have any questions please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Read more about our libraries at Level 1

COVID-19 Update: Libraries at Level 2

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COVID-19 logoWellington has moved to COVID Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm, Tuesday 29 June 2021.

Library branches remain open their usual opening hours. To ensure everyone has time and space to use the library when they visit:

    • Please check in when you arrive – and stay at least 1m apart from other visitors and staff
    • We are limiting the number of visitors to meet social distancing requirements, so please follow guidance from our staff
    • Please keep visits to under 30 mins while we’re limiting the number of visitors too
    • All programmes and events are cancelled, including access to The Hive Makerspace.

Library customers can continue to access a huge range of online resources at wcl.govt.nz/elibrary. This includes eBooks, newspapers, magazines, movies, and online courses.

Returning items on loan
You can return borrowed items to your local branch as normal.

If you have any questions please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Read more about our libraries at Level 2

COVID-19: Libraries at Level 2 and closing at 6pm, Wed 23 June

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Kia ora, our branches are closing early at 6pm tonight so we can prepare them for social distancing when we reopen tomorrow.

From tomorrow, Thursday 24 June, please check in when you arrive, keep 1m apart and keep your visit under 30 mins for everyone’s comfort.

All programmes and events, including the Hive Makerspace are cancelled. Stay safe and kia kaha Wellington.

Libraries at Level 2 Information