“Bestseller Collection” being retired

Illustration of a book with a bestseller sticker and a sad smileon itFor many years, Wellington City Libraries has provided a collection of popular titles called the Bestseller Collection. Titles could be borrowed by library members for a small fee, allowing readers to access titles that they would otherwise have to wait in a reserve queue for. The Bestsellers are being retired this weekend, to make way for a new collection, due to be rolled out in early 2023.

The new collection will contain popular titles that are free to borrow on a first come, first served basis. We look forward to telling you more as plans firm up!

If you currently hold a Bestsellers concession card, this can be used to borrow from the DVD collection in our libraries, or the CD and Vinyl collections found at Te Awe Brandon Library.

If you have any questions about this change, please talk to staff at your local library, or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz, and we’ll be happy to help.


COVID-19 – Updates for visiting libraries

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As of 11:59pm Monday 12 September, New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) ends.

Mask wearing
You are not required to wear a mask in our libraries, however our library staff may still choose to,covid19 logo so please be kind and respectful.

We’re keeping up with our regular cleaning and vigilant onsite hygiene.

Stay home if you’re unwell
If you are unwell, stay home and contact us. We will extend loans until you are well enough to return them, and we have plenty of eResources available for you to use while you recover. This includes eBooks, magazines, movies, and online courses.

For help with your library card, please call us on 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

For more information on the latest Covid-19 updates, please visit covid19.govt.nz


You can’t beat Wellington on a Fines Free day

Wellington City Libraries is fines free from 1 July! Councillors decided to go fines free after strong support in the community consultation on the Annual Plan in April. Most respondents supported this proposal.

This decision means :

  • no overdue fines will be charged from 1 July 2022 onwards
  • we will wipe any unpaid overdue fines on peoples’ library cards as at 30 June 2022.  We’ve waived your library fines goodbye.

We’re looking forward to never having to say “Do you know you have some overdue fines on your card?” ever again!

Here are some answers to questions you might have about these changes:

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Update on email notifications

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Unfortunately, over the past week there was an outage of our email notifications, which meant they failed to send. While this issue is now resolved, this means that if you have reserves available, or items coming due (or overdue) you won’t have been alerted by email.hand showing update sign

If you have active loans or reserves, please check your library card via the online catalogue or via our WCL Mini app, to see their current status.

We apologise if you were affected by this issue. If you would like to contact library staff about your account, please visit your local branch library, or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz 

Job Seekers at the Library

Job hunting can be a difficult and frustrating process. Writing or updating a CV, scrawling through employment websites, labouring over cover letters. The whole thing can be a bit of a nightmare.

Thankfully your local Wellington City branch library has a number of services to help make job seeking that little bit easier. Or, if you’re not able to visit, we have a number of online learning resources to help you upskill into a new role. Here are a few of the services we offer to help you on your job hunt.

Internet Access: There is both free internet and free computer access at your local library.

The truth of job hunting is that these days a lot of it is happening online. If you lack access to a device or the internet this makes the process particularly difficult. The good news is that both are available for free at your local library. All our libraries have free wifi; look for WellyWiFi in the list of networks that appear when WiFi is enabled on your device.

We also have a number of computers which you can use to access the internet. Log in to these using your library card and PIN or by getting a free log in ticket from the counter. Full information on library internet access.

Printing: Printing your first 10 A4 sides black and white at Wellington City Libraries is free of charge.

Whether you’re going place to place handing in résumés or you want to take your cover letter to an interview (even just for something to hold) you’ll need a printer. Thankfully printing is available at your local library branch. Printing is 20c per side of the page for A4 black and white –  Colour printing is $1.50c per A4 page. Full information and pricing for library printing.

Software available on the PCs includes: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Borrow a tablet: It is free to borrow an iPad Mini from the library for three weeks

Customers are able to borrow iPad minis for free for three weeks! From 15 August 2019, the iPads have become free to borrow. So you now can take the opportunity to get connected with family and friends, read the most recent eBooks and eAudio (Libby and Borrowbox), or update your computer skills with any one of the thousands of courses available (LinkedIn Learning).

Tablets are able to be borrowed at the following libraries : Te Awe, Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Island Bay, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Johnsonville, Khandallah, Cummings Park (Ngaio) and Karori. Information on customer iPads.

Job Seeking Resources: Books to help you apply for jobs.

A quick search on our catalogue reveals a large number of books designed to help you either gain employment or improve your employment situation. A quick search for key terms like “CV”, “resume” and even “job” will bring up a large collection of books and eBooks related to job seeking. If you needed help sorting through these titles and you are at one of our branches, a librarian will be more than happy to help you out.

Digital Resources: LinkedIn Learning is an educational online resource you can access for free with your library card

In addition to a number of eBooks we have a number of online upskilling resources and databases.  Perhaps the most popular of these is LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is a video tutorial service the library subscribes to on your behalf that provides access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

Log in with your library card number and PIN — for those of you who already have a library card, your pin number is the last four digits of your phone number. Don’t have a library card just yet? You can join online. If you encounter any problems please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

Outages and changes this weekend

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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