Karori Library opening later than usual on 16 December 2020

Our Karori branch library will open at 1:30pm, Wednesday 16 December. The café is open as usual and the library’s newspapers will be available there. Pre-school Storytime won’t be available.

You can return items using the after-hours returns slot. Alternatively, you may wish to visit our nearby Te Awe branch in the CBD or Wadestown Library. Thank you for your patience while staff attend a one-off course.

Words from Here : Karori Writers in Conversation

How is writing informed by the place in which we live? Where does the boundary lie between non-fiction and fiction, and how do writers tread that fine line between who they are, and what they write?

If you’re interested at all in the inner life of the writer, come along to Karori library on February the 28th between 6 – 7:30 p.m. and listen to three of Wellington finest writers — Sarah Laing, Rajorshi Chakraborti and Leah McFall — discuss their celebrated written works, inspirations and writing process.

Food and drink will be provided, and Marsden Books will be selling books on the night.

Leah McFall is an award-winning columnist for Sunday magazine and published her first collection, Karori Confidential, last year.

Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian-born novelist and short story writer whose latest novel, The Man Who Would Not See, takes place largely in Wellington and Karori.

Sarah Laing is a cartoonist, novelist and short story writer. Her most recent book, Mansfield and Me, is a graphic memoir about Karori’s most famous writer.

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Need more information? Contact Karori library on 476-8413, or email Monty.

Writers’ night at Karori Library this week

Writers are creative and talented people, and so are librarians. Many poets, authors and storytellers are found in the information profession and Wellington City Libraries is lucky to employ some of Wellington’s up-and-coming authors. Karori Library, located in a suburb known for housing famous writer residents such as Katherine Mansfield and Robin Hyde, has a particular high ratio of creative minds.

Karori Library is hosting a special evening of writers reading that showcases the works of our talented librarians. The evening’s readings – on Thursday 3 December at 7pm, along with other library activities during the week, is part of marking the 10th anniversary of the then new Karori library building that opened in 2005.

Please join us for this celebration of the written word and our talented staff. Everyone is welcome, the readings are free to attend. Refreshments will be served after the presentations. Please help us celebrate by joining us.

Multi-talented Council Staff

Writers presenting on the evening are:

Susie Elliot is a researcher, visual artist, and writer. Growing up in Fiji, she developed an interest in stories from a young age and is passionate about her Fijian culture. She holds a Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Within her artistic practice, she explores the function of memories and personal histories, and the power of the word to move people to action or inaction. Her work has been exhibited in Wellington, Wanganui and Palmerston North.

Alisha Tyson works in libraries where she can often be found reading to children about bears who feel strongly about hats, her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Turbine and also LEFT published this year by We are Babies. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Creative Writing from Whitireia Community Polytechnic and is studying for her MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters

Raewyn Lubransky was born in Wellington and has always enjoyed reading and writing. She travels extensively with her partner and they both keep a journal for each trip, finding lots of different experiences between them. A night school writing coarse encouraged her to finish several short stories and she is always scribbling down her weird and wonderful dreams for future stories.

All welcome!


Newtown & Karori libraries will be temporarily closed for maintenance


Newtown Library will be temporarily closed for scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

Newtown library will be closed from 13th May 2015 until 22nd July 2015 inclusive.

Newtown Library was built approximately 25 years ago and requires scheduled maintenance and upgrades. Contractors will be replacing the skylights, installing heating systems, ventilation systems and efficient lighting. Interior painting and replacing vinyl will be done at the same time.

Newtown libraryWellington City Libraries are providing these services for our Newtown Library customers during this time:

  • Free shuttle between Newtown and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) libraries Monday to Friday
  • Reserves available for collection from Smart Newtown
  • Issue periods extended for the duration of the closure
  • Return fees waived for books returned to other libraries
  • More seating and newspapers available at Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie)
  • Access to our 24/7 online services

We encourage you to “stock up” from May 1st to take advantage of the extended loan period. You can stay updated about the project through updates to this page, the WCC call centre (499 4444), and our Facebook and Twitter updates.

If you have any questions or require further information about the closure please contact Andrea Thomas or Sharon Macintyre by phoning 830 1255 or emailing enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.


Karori Library is 10 years old this year and needs internal repainting and some maintenance. For the health and safety of staff and customers it is necessary to close the library.

Karori Library will be closed from Saturday 9 May – Monday 25 May inclusive.

Need-to-know information:

  • Issues will be unavailable. We encourage you to visit and stock up on library items beforehand and take advantage of our extended loan period offer (see below). Or visit any of our other branch libraries at any time.
  • Returns will be unavailable. All items will be issued until well after the re-opening to ensure no items are due during the closure. Returns can be made at any of the other libraries and the usual return fee waived.
  • Extra pre-school storytime sessions will be run at Cummings Park Library, Ngaio. These will be on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 10.30am. That site also offers a Baby Rock and Rhyme session at 10.30 on Tuesdays.
  • Café remains open for business.

Wellington City Libraries are providing these services for our Karori Library customers during this time:

  • Online Library services are available 24/7 at wcl.govt.nz
  • Newspapers will be delivered to Karori Community Centre (KCC) – this includes the Dominion Post, NZ Herald and Sunday Star Times.
  • Free wifi and internet is offered at KCC – enquire with the centre on availability.
  • A Library staff member will be available at Karori Recreation Centre (KRC) for enquiries and assistance 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am – 4pm Saturday.
  • Reserves can be collected from KRC and will be held longer than usual.

For further information or to discuss any aspect of the project, please contact Karl Gaskin or Jill Spackman by phoning 476 8413 or emailing enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.