New Service: Portable CD Players

Libraries are no longer just places to get books. We have a large collection of non-book items from music equipment, to power meters and C02 meters, to tablets and memory bags.

Once upon a time, most houses had a dedicated home electronic device that could play CDs through a home stereo set up or a television. However, the advent of music streaming services has replaced a majority of these physical devices and cars no longer come with CD players. While we still have a diverse collection of physical media, we realise that some of our patrons no longer have a way to appreciate our extensive music and audiobook collections, so we are excited to launch a new collection of portable CD players!

These lendable CD players enable you to listen to our music collection and enjoy audiobook stories with your whānau!

CD Player Kit, contents listed below

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Household battery recycling

On Monday 14 February 2022 Wellington City Council is launching a recycling programme to divert used household batteries from the landfill.

How it works

You can drop off your used batteries for free at:

  • Island Bay Community Centre
  • Karori Library
  • Kilbirnie Library
  • Newlands Community Centre
  • Tawa Community Centre
  • Te Awe Library (CBD)
  • Tip Shop at the Southern Landfill

What you need to do

1. Check your batteries are accepted.

Accepted batteries:

  • Lithium ion (eg. rechargeable batteries)
  • Nickel cadmium and alkaline batteries: AA, AAA, 9V, C, D, N
  • Zinc air (eg. camera batteries)
  • Silver zinc (eg. laptop and hearing aid batteries)
  • Other household batteries
  • Mobile phone batteries

Not accepted*

  • Leaking or damaged batteries
  • Car or truck batteries
  • Electrical appliances and mobile phones

*Items in the Not accepted category can be disposed of at the Southern Landfill.

2. Tape lithium battery terminals with the tape provided.

3. Drop your batteries – you’re good to go!

After your batteries are picked up, the components will be separated and sent for re-use, recovery and re-processing.

Why recycle?

Batteries contain harmful chemicals, which can leach into soil and waterways if they go in the landfill. Fires can also occur when they are disposed of directly to landfill.

Recycling batteries saves valuable resources. They contain lots of useful elements, such as metals, plastic and some of the chemicals, which can be re-used.

Under our Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw (2020), disposing of batteries (including household batteries) in kerbside waste is no longer permitted.

Power Meters now available to borrow

Elto EMA1 Power Mate Lite

If you want to know how much electricity your appliances consume, we now have POWER METERS  available to borrow that will help you monitor your energy consumption.

Just like a book or a DVD, you can take one of our power meters home and test your appliances to get a better picture of what your big power users are.

They cost $5.00 to borrow for 10 days. Ask at the Issues desks on the ground floor of the Central Library.

Here are copies of the instructions for your reference:

Elto EMA1 Power Meter Instructions

Power-Mate Lite Quick-Start

Power-Mate Lite Full Instructions