The Lucky Drop zine machine comes to Johnsonville

The Lucky Drop zine machine is now at Johnsonville Library! The Lucky Drop is a vending machine which sells zines made by local Wellington zine-makers. The zines are priced between $1 – $3, and are sold in A6 and A7 sizes.  The Lucky Drop is run by the local zine organisation Wellington Zinefest. If you are interested in having your zines stocked in the machine, please contact them on their site:

The Lucky Drop will be doing a tour of Wellington City Library’s branches and community centres, so look out for it around the city later this year. Each time it changes location the Lucky Drop gets a new design. Currently it features the talents of zine maker aappapappa. Visit the Lucky Drop at Johnsonville Library today!

Johnsonville Library is opening at Waitohi Hub!

This Saturday, come and join us at the official opening of Johnsonville Library at Waitohi, the new Johnsonville community hub. There will be a morning of celebrations including the ribbon cutting-ceremony and cultural performances. 

7am-8am Public opening ceremony

  • Master of ceremonies : Jennifer Parker (Wellington City Council)
  • Welcome – Kura Moeahu and Taku Parai (Iwi leaders)
  • Introduction – Laurinda Thomas, Libraries Manager (Wellington City Council)
  • Speech from Hon Tracey Martin – Minister of Internal Affairs
  • Speech from His Worship the Mayor of Wellington
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony
  • Unveiling of commemorative plaque
  • Performance by Wellington Chinese Language School children’s group
  • Wellington Interfaith Council presentation “We Are One”
  • Bharatanatyam performance by Natraj school of Indian dance
  • Lion dance by Wellington China Cultural Centre

The new café, Common Ground Waitohi. will open at 8am and we will have exclusive tours of the building starting at the same time. The new library will open for everyone to visit at 9am. We hope to see you there!

Johnsonville Library is moving to Waitohi this Saturday!

We’re excited to announce that Johnsonville Library is moving to its new home at the Waitohi Community Hub very soon. To give us time to transfer the books, Johnsonville Library doors will close at 4pm on Saturday 30 November.

The library will reopen at the new Waitohi Community Hub at 9am on Saturday 14 December.

In the meantime you can use your Wellington library card at our other Wellington City libraries. You can however still return your books through the after hours slot at the old Johnsonville library. This will be open 24/7.

We can’t wait to see you in our new home – come and join us on the 14th for a fun-filled day of opening celebration!

Have your say on the new Johnsonville Library

Wellington City Council is planning on building a new library, and needs your help designing a community hub for the Johnsonville area.

A specially created engagement website has just launched, and we would encourage all residents to get involved in this exciting local project. Visit  to learn more and have your say!

give your feedback on the new Johnsonville library

give your feedback on the new Johnsonville library

Johnsonville library update

To enable earthquake strengthening work to be undertaken, Johnsonville Library will be opening late on a number of days.  The Library will open at 12 noon on Wednesday 2 May, Tuesday 8 May and Wednesday 9 May.

On these days the Library will close at the normal time of 5.30pm. On other days the library will operate regular opening hours.

Some regular events have been affected by this work:  Baby Rock & Rhyme will return in June and the pre-school storytime on Tuesday 8 May will not take place.

We apologise for any inconvenience to library users and appreciate your patience while this work takes place.

A helping hand from local knitters

The Crafters’ Knitting Corner at Tawa Library has really taken off! Each of the branches in Wellington City Libraries’ north cluster (Tawa, Johnsonville and Khandallah) have set up a space where the customers can sit down, take a moment to relax, unwind a bit of wool and knit or crochet a few rows or a square (20cm by 20cm) towards a peggy-square blanket. The squares will be sown together to form blankets which will be donated to refugees coming next month from such diverse places as: Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka.

So far the corner has proven incredibly popular with library visitors! Both children and adults have sat down in the library to knit squares, while others have donated wool, or brought in squares they have knitted at home. One customer has even donated a whole blanket.

If you’re visiting one of these libraries – why not check it out and knit or crochet a few rows.