New Zines!

The last Zinefest in November was the biggest one to be held in Wellington so far. In addition to opening night festivities, the marketplace ran over two days at Te Auaha, with different stallholders on both days.

Zinefests in Wellington are normally held twice a year, and Wellington City Libraries always attends if possible. Most of our lending zine collection is bought at the marketplace. So where can you find zines now that the Central Library is closed? Our new zines are being added to Newtown Library’s collection. A collection has been based there for a while now, and Newtown is now the main source of lending zines for Wellington Library borrowers. So pop-in to Newtown to browse and borrow!

Here are some selected highlights from the November Wellington Zinefest, which will be available on Newtown Library’s shelves:

“Overcommunicate” is self-described as a “magazine for LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary folk, and friends.” Written by a variety of contributors, it is a collection of art, writing, and poetry. We have Issues 1 and 2 available to borrow.

The Crispin series. This is a set of four little zines about Crispin, a yellow, smiley-faced blob who goes on a series of adventures including: “Crispin goes fishing”, “Crispin has a series of close shaves”, “Crispin in Monday’s child”, and the “Beginners guide to drawing Crispin.” Each one is hand-coloured by the artist.

Three new zines by Willow Scarlett. Artist, writer, and learner of Latin, Scarlett has created three beautifully produced zines that combine art and writing. Their first, “Gutter Flowers volume 1” is an A5 sized, stitch-bound, black-matte covered zine with raised gold lettering. Inside are full-colour illustrations with more raised, textured lettering. The other two are A6 in size: “blood stained stairs”, and “death and beautiful illusions.” Both are short horror stories printed on thick red paper, and stitched together with gold thread.

Our final new zine was not bought at the zinefest, but was sent to us as a donation from Newtown School. It is called “Kids Write: A journal publishing awesome authors and artists.” We have Issue 1, which was produced in Term 3 of 2019. It features illustrations and writing from children aged 5 – 11.

Free Film Screenings in August

Syndetics book coverFor August 2016, join us at the Central Library for a ‘laugh in the dark’ with a selection of fantastic comedies each Thursday.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

We will now also be hosting family friendly film screenings at Newtown library on the first Friday of each month! Phone (04) 389 2830 to book those, and for more details about the upcoming film, screening on Friday 5th August.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Friday Movie Nights at Newtown

Family Watching TV TogetherOn the first Friday of each month we are screening family friendly feature films from the library’s collection at Newtown Library.

Sessions begin at 6pm in the YA area/tent at the library. These screenings are free to attend. The next session is tonight, on Friday 1 July.

We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online. Please call Newtown Library (389-2830) during library opening hours to get more details about the film screenings and reserve your seat.

Newtown Library re-opens for business

Newtown library is opening its doors on Monday 31 August after 3 months of renovations. Visitors will experience a fresh new library including new energy efficient lighting, and improved ventilation.

Councillor Sarah Free, Portfolio leader for Community Facilities says, “Newtown library is one of our busiest so it’s great that we’ve been able to upgrade it with new heating, lighting, ventilation, a new paint job and new skylights.

The work took a bit longer than anticipated and we would like to thank everyone for their patience. In the meantime we had shuttle buses to the Kilbirnie Library and extra services there, but there’s nothing like having your own local library back”.

South Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle, says, “Newtown Library is a magical place – it’s the window to the world for many in our community. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the doors of my favourite library to re-open – the makeover together with the positive service from our local librarians sets it apart from other branch libraries in the city.”

As well as a new look library there will be new books on display for customers to enjoy. As part of the reopening, overdue fees for items due at Newtown library while it was closed will be waived. For early visitors on opening day, celebration cake will be on offer.

Newtown Library will now be reopening on 7 September 2015

Newtown LibraryThe internal re-paint was completed in June as planned. The scheduled replacement of skylights, lights, heating and ventilation systems is now underway, but in order to complete the work to quality expectations the timeframe has been extended to the 7th of September.

All items that were issued until 22 July can be returned through the after hour slots at Newtown Library on the 23, 24 and 25 of July,
or at any other Wellington City Library with no return fee charged.

Wellington City Libraries will continue to provide 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
  • Return fees waived for books returned to other libraries
  • More seating and newspapers available at Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie).
  • Keeping you updated about the project through the WCC call centre, the Newtown branch webpage, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Access to our 24/7 online services

If you have any questions or require further information about the closure please contact Andrea Thomas or Sharon Macintyre by phone 830-1255 or email

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


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
  • 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

Samoan Language Week

starts Wednesday 1 June! The Samoan language is the third most commonly spoken language in New Zealand after English and Maori. The week is an opportunity to celebrate the language and the culture of Samoan New Zealanders. The theme this year is Samoa Ola – Samoa Active, focusing on language, sport and healthy living and linking to the visit of Manu Samoa to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup.

More information about the weeklong celebrations you can find here:

Wellington City Libraries has many resources about Samoan culture. Here are some recent purchases:

Samoan tattooing, or tatau is an ancient Polynesian art tradition and rite of passage that reaches its most powerful expression in the full body male tattoo, the pe’a. Building on the internationally touring exhibition Tatau, this extraordinary series of images by leading photographer Mark Adams documents the story of tatau in the Pacific and its remarkable globalisation.

Tusi`upu Sāmoa is a long-awaited dictionary of Sāmoan, the first comprehensive work of its sort written by a Sāmoan, papaāli`i Dr Semisi Ma`ia`i. Volume One contains the Sāmoan to English text. Volume Two contains the English to Sāmoan text.

This picture book is the story of Talia who is visiting her relatives in Samoa for the very first time!

Is your compost a load of old rot?

The recent composting seminars held at Newtown and Central libraries were a big hit with many of our customers! The seminars looked at the micro-organism style of composting known as Bokashi in New Zealand. The speakers gave a great presentation on the science behind Bokashi, and how to use it at home for getting rid of unwanted food scraps.

For more information, click the images below to  check out the slides from the seminars! Please note these files are quite big, at over 2MB each.

bokashi presentation effective microorganisms presentation