Update on Libraries’ events and programmes

With the move to Covid-19 Alert Level 1 all Wellington City Libraries branches will resume our programmes and events over the coming weeks. Please check our website for details. We will maintain the additional cleaning currently in place and encourage everyone to continue recording their visits using the QR codes.

“Thank you to everyone for patiently following the sign-in and physical distancing rules under the previous Alert level,” says Laurinda Thomas, Manager Libraries and Community Spaces. “When visiting we encourage you to use the hand sanitiser available and record your visits using the QR code posters so we can all help keep one another safe.”

“Over the coming week our teams will be busy setting up our popular programmes like Storytime and Baby Rock & Rhyme, and events, so visit our website to find out what you’ll be able to enjoy at your local branch and when.”

Visit wcl.govt.nz/calendar to see which programmes and events are coming up.

Outages and changes this weekend

This weekend, there will be a planned catalogue and check your card outage from 6am Saturday 19 September until Sunday afternoon to allow us to update our systems. During this time, some of our eLibrary and database services will also be affected — see timeline below.

As part of this system update, after many years of faithful service, the Classic and Easyfind catalogues will no longer be available, while our main New Catalogue will also be getting some new features. In the coming week, we’ll spotlight a few of these — but many mirror well-loved features of our old catalogues, as well as some new functionality that we’re excited to be able to share very soon!

Outage Timeline

Friday 18/09

Friday evening — some of our online resources become unavailable, but Overdrive, RBDigital and Beamafilm are unaffected all weekend.

See details for PressReader and Kanopy below.

Saturday 19/09

From 6am — the library catalogue & check your card outage begins.

PressReader — if you log into PressReader before this time via the app or website, you will still have access over the weekend.

Kanopy — if you log into Kanopy before this time via the app or website, you will still have access over the weekend.

Sunday 20/09

In the afternoon the catalogue and all eResources become available again, and the outage finishes.

If you need help with your library card during the outage, please contact our library branches during opening hours or get in touch via email and we’ll be happy to help!

Email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Cummings Park library closed temporarily

“We are replacing the worn carpet at Cummings Park Library in Ngaio this September,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “To ensure our carpet layers can get this done as quickly as possible we will close the Cummings Park Library from 10am, Friday 11 September and will reopen at 10am, Tuesday 15 September.”

“While our Ngaio branch is closed you can visit the neighbouring Khandallah and Wadestown teams for all your library needs! You’ll find their opening hours at wcl.govt.nz”

“All programmes and events during this time will be cancelled but we look forward to seeing you back at Cummings Park Library with our brand new carpet from Tuesday 15 September! Thank you for your understanding.”

If you have any questions, please call us on 04 479 2344 or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Thank you Classic Catalogue

After many years of faithful service, the Classic and EasyFind catalogues will no longer be available after 19 September. Our suppliers will no longer offer this product, and have been concentrating all their efforts on our main new catalogue.

If you have previously created lists of links or tags, these can be copied and pasted to save in another document. We also recommend that if you have compiled links to individual items in the EasyFind catalogue, that you take the opportunity to change those links to point to our new Catalogue.

You can still search, browse, place reserves etc. Our new catalogue also offers several features which were not available previously such as a mobile version, ability to keep a history of your loans, more reviews and reading suggestions, and easier ways to create your own lists, tags and reviews.

Please ask staff if you would like more information on how to use our current catalogue.

Visiting libraries under Alert Level 1

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Under the Covid-19 Alert Level 1 all Wellington City Libraries branches will return to normal opening hours from Monday 15 June, while continuing with additional cleaning and providing QR codes for people to track where they’ve been.

“It’s been great to see people coming back to our branches over the past few weeks, and we’ve really appreciated everyone for their patience in following the sign-in and physical distancing rules,” says Laurinda Thomas, Manager Libraries and Community Spaces.

“We will continue to provide regular cleaning of shared resources, such as children’s toys, and keep our QR codes up so people can continue to keep track of where they’ve been”

“Our teams loved entertaining Wellingtonians by delivering our Storytime, Bedtime stories, and Baby Rock and Rhyme programmes live through Facebook, and we were delighted with how well received they were.

“Now we’re back in the branches, our Storytime and Baby Rock and Rhyme programmes will be gradually restarting. But we’ll continue to help Wellington kids get off to sleep by reading Bedtime stories on Facebook.”

To see the branch opening hours and which programmes are available, and where, please visit the opening hours and event calendar pages.

Half of Wellington City Libraries to reopen under Alert Level 2

Wellington City Libraries have been busy over past weeks preparing to welcome people back to half of their branches – but things will be a little different.

“We’ve been busy right through the lockdown moving many of our popular programmes online and creating events and activities to help keep everyone entertained in their bubbles,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “Over the past weeks we’ve been preparing to make our spaces for our customers and staff to return to. Meeting the government hygiene guidelines includes additional cleaning of the spaces and equipment, temporarily remove some toys and activities, working out how our teams can work and serve customers while meeting the physical distancing rules.”

“Now we have the systems set up we will begin reopening five branches from Thursday 14 May, with another two libraries opening from Monday 18 May. We are reducing our opening hours slightly to fit in the additional health and safety requirements. In order to make sure everyone can maintain physical distancing, we will be managing numbers onsite, so it is likely to be a little busier when you visit.”

“To help everyone enjoy their visits safely please keep your visits shorter, and be kind when keeping your 2m distance, especially when waiting to sign in or check out items. It’ll take a little while as we all settle into around our new ways of working and getting around, so thank you for your patience.”

The Cummings Park (Ngaio), Waitohi (Johnsonville), Karori, Kilbirnie and Newtown branches will reopen on Thursday 14 May 2020. Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre and Wadestown branch will reopen from 10am, Monday 18 May 2020. See our Frequently Asked Questions for full details.

All library branches are closed temporarily

“To help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, we have closed all Wellington City Libraries branches temporarily from Sunday 22 March,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “This follows an announcement from the Mayor for Wellington, Andy Foster earlier today.”

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

Explore our eLibrary

All due dates have been extended to 4 May. We will waive any overdues related to the closures. Please keep items at home until our libraries re-open.

Answers to more frequently asked questions can be found on our COVID-19 FAQs page.

If you have any further questions please contact us by email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz, or by messaging us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Central Library’s collection is on the move

The Central Library collection is getting ready for its new home in the Johnsonville Collection and Distribution Centre.  A mix of approximately 400,000 books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, newspapers and other reference materials will be carefully packed in order, moved and re-shelved over the coming eight weeks.

“We are pleased to be in the final stages of making the much-loved collection available once again, and we thank our customers for their ongoing support,” says Laurinda Thomas, Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces Manager.

“The Centre in Johnsonville provides both the climatic conditions, space and transport routes needed to manage the collection safely over the long term, until decisions can be made about the future central library services.”

“Although we move thousands of items around our 14 branches every day, this will jump substantially when people are able to order from the CDC. So we are finalising the ordering process and timings so people know what to expect. Towards late April we will advise customers how to order items, and the timings for when they can pick them up from the branch of their choice.”

Over 12,500 items are available in two of the three planned CBD libraries, which opened in May and October last year. Arapaki Library in Manners Street provides a mix of fiction, non-fiction and popular children’s titles. He Mataphi Library within the National Library has over 5,000 items with an Aotearoa and Māori focus.

The third and largest of the three CBD libraries, Te Awe will open in May. Te Awe will provide spaces where people can read, study or collaborate. There is also a dedicated space for a children’s collection, parents’ room and the popular Baby Rock ‘n’ Rhyme sessions.

People will be able to access around 31,000 items which have been tailored to represent the diverse range of subjects which Central Library customers have requested or reserved.

Council staff will be providing advice to the Council on Wednesday 25 March on options for future central library services and the external engineering assessments on the Central Library building. We will share the papers on the Wellington City Council website on 19 March.

Wellington City Libraries’ rare book collection is now housed at the Wellington City Archives at 28 Barker Street.

More information:
Timeline for Wellington Central Library Replacement Services

 

All About Anytime

Anytime Library

 

The Anytime Library is New Zealand’s first book vending machine. It is located in the foyer of the Easterfield building at Victoria University’s Kelburn campus. It faces onto Kelburn Parade and you can access the Anytime Library anytime that the foyer doors to Easterfield are open.

The machine holds over 300 books of mainly adult fiction, with some young adult, and non-fiction books as well. To use the Anytime Library you need to have a library card with Wellington City Libraries. Just touch the screen to begin, scan the barcode on the back of your card, and then select Browse to choose a book. Once you have finished your selection, the machine will dispense your books from 1 of the 4 doors in its side.

You can also return books to the Anytime Library. To do this you need to scan your library card, and choose the Return option. The machine will then pop open a slot for you and let you return the book! However, the machine can only accept books that belong to Wellington City Libraries. You also cannot return a book that is too large for the book slot.

Be sure to visit the Anytime at anytime!

Naming of our newest CBD library caps off busy year for library services

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Wellington’s third CBD library has been gifted the name Te Awe (meaning white feathers or plumes) which caps off an eventful but productive year for the city’s library service, says Mayor Andy Foster.

The Mayor says 2019 was extremely busy for staff with the closure of the Central Library building, the opening of two new central city libraries and the Johnsonville Library at Waitohi, and the design and planning of Te Awe Library in Brandon Street. The new collection and distribution centre, which has been named Te Pātaka – a storehouse, is also under construction in Johnsonville and will house the Central Library’s collection of over 400,000 items.

“I’m proud of the many major milestones we have achieved in only nine months since the Central Library closure in March. As well as opening three new libraries, staff have delivered the popular ComicFest and Beyond the Page events, held the Kanopy Film Festival and expanded the digital collections that members can access.

“A new artwork and hoarding has been installed around the Central Library as we begin to look at options for the future of central city library services. This is part of Council’s Te Ngākau programme where staff are considering the future development of the Civic Precinct as a whole, including the Central Library building.” Council staff will be reporting to the Mayor and Councillors on this in March 2020.

“We know that libraries play a key role in the social infrastructure of our communities. They’re crucial to our city both in terms of providing access to a range of collections and programmes which inform, entertain and educate, but also in providing our communities a place to meet, talk and grow.”

Community facilities portfolio leader Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says Te Awe Library is planned to open by May, which will give contractors time to fit out the space.

“We’re working closely with our architects to ensure the design makes best use of the space available and is fit for purpose as the largest new CBD library. The building has undergone significant structural strengthening and the new library space is currently a blank canvas so the fit out will take some months to complete.”

Councillor Fitzsimons says work on Te Pātaka is also well underway and staff expect to begin relocating items in the Central Library collection as soon as February 2020. Items may become available to library members to request as early as April 2020 by which time most items will have been relocated.

More information:
Central city library services FAQs
Timeline for Wellington Central Library Replacement Services