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 

Visiting the library under Orange settings

As of Thursday 14 April 2022, all libraries in the Wellington City Libraries’ network remain open under Orange settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with masks required.

To keep everyone safe please:

  • wear a mask unless you have an exemption
  • follow any guidance from our staff or signs
  • stay home if you’re unwell, or someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19
  • be kind – library staff are doing their best to offer our full range of services and facilities

At Orange, programming can be run. However, because staffing shortages are still ongoing, we won’t look to restart programming until staffing is back at a normal level.

Check the Event Calendar and our social media for any updates.
If you’re unwell, please stay home until you’ve recovered.

Event calendar

The Hive Makerspace at Johnsonville Library in Waitohi has re-opened for visits. They are also accepting Laser cutter and 3D Printing jobs over email. More details on our Makerspace page.

The Hive Makerspace

All library members can continue to access a huge range of online resources via our eLibrary – this includes eBooks, magazines, movies, and online courses.

Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under Orange settings can be found on our COVID faqs.

COVID faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Visiting the library under Red settings

As of Friday 8 April 2022, all libraries in the Wellington City Libraries’ network remain open under Red settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with masks required.

He Matapihi Library is the only branch to require Covid Vaccine Pass (CVP) when you visit. This is because we are a tenant of the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ). NLNZ are currently consulting with their staff on the CVP requirements.

To keep everyone safe please:

  • wear a mask unless you have an exemption
  • follow any guidance from our staff or signs
  • be kind – library staff are doing their best to offer our full range of services and facilities while managing the required sign in checks.

Our programming is mostly online under Red settings. Please check our Libraries’ event calendar for in-person programming and events as they resume.

Event calendar

The Hive Makerspace at Johnsonville Library in Waitohi has re-opened for visits. They are also accepting Laser cutter and 3D Printing jobs over email. More details on our Makerspace page.

The Hive Makerspace

All library members can continue to access a huge range of online resources via our eLibrary – this includes eBooks, magazines, movies, and online courses.

Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under Red settings can be found on our COVID faqs.

COVID faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Service changes to help everyone get through

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Like the rest of Aotearoa, we’re making a few changes to continue serving you, while taking steps to protect everyone from COVID-19.

To help people who are isolating or working from home:

  • we are extending the time for picking up reserved items to 14 days
  • you can check whether you can renew items that are due, by logging into your library account or checking the library app on your phone
  • get in touch about any loans or fines on your card so we can help – call (04) 801 4040 or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz
  • don’t forget you can access a huge range of books, magazines, newspapers, music and movies online through our eLibrary
  • keep the young ones entertained using the storytimes on Facebook and YouTube, and the blogs or activities for teenagers on our website.

Unfortunately, there will be times over the next few weeks when our libraries may have to close at short notice while they get a deep clean, or because some of our staff are isolating at home. This also means it’s likely to take a little longer for items to reach the library shelves.

Before visiting your local branch library, check our current opening hours on Facebook, Twitter, our website or by calling (04) 801 4040.

Thank you for your understanding as we get through this together.

Visiting the library under Red settings

Wellington City Libraries are now is Red settingss

All libraries in the Wellington City Libraries’ network remain open under Red settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with COVID Vaccine Pass and masks required.

To keep everyone safe please:

  • wear a mask unless you have an exemption
  • have your vaccine pass ready for scanning
  • follow any guidance from our staff or signs
  • be kind – library staff are doing their best to offer our full range of services and facilities while managing the required sign in checks.

Our programming is mostly online under Red settings. Please check our Libraries’ event calendar for in-person programming and events as they resume.

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The Hive Makerspace at Johnsonville Library in Waitohi is closed for visits. They are still accepting Laser cutter and 3D Printing jobs over email. More details on our Makerspace page.

The Hive Makerspace

All library members can continue to access a huge range of online resources via our eLibrary – this includes eBooks, magazines, movies, and online courses.

Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under Red settings can be found on our COVID faqs.

COVID faqs

If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Wellington City Libraries’ mobile app is upgrading soon

Library members may be interested to know that we will be soon upgrading our Wellington City Libraries’ app to another platform. Our previous provider no longer supported their app, and we apologise to our members that using its features in the last few months has been frustrating. Thanks for your patience while we worked to restore a reliable service. 

We are very happy that the vendor, SOLUS, who provides apps to many New Zealand and Australian libraries has taken over providing us with this service, and we know this will provide many improvements.

We are hoping to roll out the new version of our library app to the Google Play Store and the Apple iOS Store very soon. If you currently have the app installed, you won’t have to do anything to take advantage of the new features other than update the  app.

Visiting the library in Alert Level 2

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“Under Alert level 2 all of our libraries will be open from Thursday 9 September, with a few changes to keep everyone safe and able to use our spaces,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager.

“This includes slightly reduced hours, strongly encouraging everyone to follow the social distancing, use hand sanitiser and wear masks.”

“To help ensure everyone can use our services and find their latest reads, we are asking people to again limit their visit to 30 minutes and come on your own or in small groups, where possible. We have temporarily suspended our events and programmes, such as Baby Rock and Rhyme as well. Please check the website before you visit, as some hours may have changed temporarily.”

“Everyone was amazing in following the hygiene measures and being kind to one another under the previous Covid-19 restrictions, so we hope everyone will be back to our new normal soon.”

When visiting any of our libraries:

  • Wear a mask if you are 12 years and over – unless you hold an exemption from the Ministry of Health Covid-19 website.
  • Most customer facing staff will also be wearing masks unless they are not required to for safety reasons.
  • Scanning or signing in is a condition of entry for all Council facilities and venues. This applies to visitors, contractors and couriers entering our spaces.
  • Limit your visit to 30 mins so we can provide all visitors with 2 metres social distancing – please follow the signs and guidance of our staff.
  • Use EFTPOS or other contactless payments if you can. We will accept cash but prefer not to for hygiene reasons.

You can return items from 10am Wednesday 8 September if your local library has an after-hours slot.

All programmes and events are cancelled for this week, please check back on our blog on Monday for an update.

For more information, please check our COVID-19 FAQs.

COVID-19 FAQs

All libraries are closed during COVID-19 Alert Level 3

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covid19 logoFollowing the move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August, all Wellington City Libraries branches will remain closed.

While we are closed, library members can access a range of online resources in our eLibrary. This includes a huge range of online storytimes, eBooks, newspapers, movies, and online courses.

If you have items on loan, please keep them at home until our libraries reopen. Their due dates have been extended automatically until at least Tuesday 28 September.

All reserved items will be held until one week after libraries reopen, so you will have time to collect them.

If you’re not a member, you can join the library to access the online resources.

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Answers to frequently asked questions about library services under COVID Alert Level 3 can be found on our COVID faqs

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If you have any queries, please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Alternatively, you can message us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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.

COVID-19 Update : Libraries at Level 1

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COVID-19 logoWellington will move to COVID Alert Level 1 from 11:59pm, 29 June 2021.

We ask everyone to continue recording your visits to our branches using the QR codes.

With libraries returning to Level 1 tomorrow, our events and programmes for kids, teens and families resume. Please check the Libraries’ event calendar for details of what’s on.

If you have any questions please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Read more about our libraries at Level 1

COVID-19 Update: Libraries at Level 2

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COVID-19 logoWellington has moved to COVID Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm, Tuesday 29 June 2021.

Library branches remain open their usual opening hours. To ensure everyone has time and space to use the library when they visit:

    • Please check in when you arrive – and stay at least 1m apart from other visitors and staff
    • We are limiting the number of visitors to meet social distancing requirements, so please follow guidance from our staff
    • Please keep visits to under 30 mins while we’re limiting the number of visitors too
    • All programmes and events are cancelled, including access to The Hive Makerspace.

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

Returning items on loan
You can return borrowed items to your local branch as normal.

If you have any questions please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Read more about our libraries at Level 2

COVID-19 Update – Libraries at Level 1

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COVID-19 logoWellington will move to COVID alert level 1 from 12:00am, Thursday 18 February.

We ask everyone to continue recording your visits to our branches using the QR codes.

All programming and events will resume as normal from Thursday 18 February 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

COVID-19 Update – Libraries at Level 2

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COVID-19 logoWellington will move to COVID alert level 2 from 11.59pm, Sunday 14 February until 11.59pm, Wednesday 17 February.

To ensure everyone has time and space to use the library when they visit, please:

  • keep your visit under 30 minutes
  • visit on your own or in a small group as we are limiting the number of visitors
  • keep 2 metres away from other visitors and staff
  • follow any guidance from our staff or signs.

All programming and events are currently suspended.

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

Returning items on loan
You can return borrowed items to your local branch as normal.
If you have any questions please contact Wellington City Libraries by calling 04 801 4040 during office hours or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Read more about Libraries at Level 2

Update on Libraries’ events and programmes

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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

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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

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

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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

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“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

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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

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!