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

CBD 3

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

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!

Holiday hours for 2019/2020

A warm season’s greetings to all our library borrowers and visitors with best wishes for a happy holiday season. Here are the opening hours across all our libraries from Tuesday 24 December 2019 to Friday 3 January 2020.

All our libraries will be closed 25 December, 26 December, New Year’s Day and 2 January. Between Tuesday 24 December and Friday 3 January,  library branches will be open with reduced hours. See our holiday timetable for details.

Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Monday 6 January.

Of course our eLibrary will be available throughout the holiday period! This includes eBooks, eMagazines and streaming movies to keep you entertained, along with newspapers & eMagazines in PressReader. Happy holidays everyone!

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!

Some library hours change from 1 July

Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre has proved very popular with library goers, especially with its extended hours from Monday-Sunday. Due to CBD library services commencing, three of our suburban libraries are making changes to their library hours.

What does this mean for you?

  • Newtown Library will be open until 6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. On Wednesday and Friday, the library is open until 8pm. Saturday hours continue to be 9.30am-5pm.
  • Karori Library will be open until 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday night the library will be open until 8pm; on Saturday the library will be open from 9.30am-4pm.
  • Miramar Library’s Saturday hours are now 10am-12.30pm.

Full details of library opening hours can be found on our branch pages. We thank you for the support for our libraries, and look forward to letting you know updates about central city services as news comes to hand.