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Recent Picks

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Magazines in print

Where do I find the magazines?

The branch libraries hold a range of magazines on home, gardening, DIY and related topics. In the branch libraries the magazines can be found on the magazine stands.

Popular titles:

Here are links into the catalogue for just a few of our most popular home, gardening and DIY magazines (ordered by subject and with an option to find all magazines in a particular subject). Enjoy!


Food & Wine


Homes & Interior design

Sewing & Craft

Sustainable living

Woodwork & DIY

Online databases & articles

The library has several online subscriptions. Remember you will need to enter your library card to access these links.

Full-text versions of several magazines are available through the EBSCO database, including:

(If you are accessing this page from a non-library computer you will need to login with your library card details before these links will work for you.)

Shelf Help

Home & DIY:

Subject: Dewey number:
Architecture 720
NZ Domestic History
Bathrooms 643.52
Bathrooms design 747.78
Brick, paver, tile laying 693
Colour in interior
Construction 694
Cooking 641
Cost & Standard
of Living
Curtains and Blinds 646.21
Decks & Patios 721.84, 690.184 & 690.89
Do-it-yourself work 643.7
Fences & Gates 717
Garden Design &
Home economics 640
Home maintenance 643.7
Home organisation
& decluttering
House buying
& selling NZ
Home insulation 693.832
Kitchens 747.797 & 643.3
Mosaics (technique) 738.52
Plumbing 696.1
Renewable energy
in homes
Sustainable living 333.72, 363.7, 640
Tiles in interior

(Or try this Sustainable Living Catalogue Search)


The majority of Gardening books are located 635 but some books are found in other areas.

Subject: Dewey number:
Flowers 635.9
Orchards & fruits 634
Organic gardening 635.0484
Perennials 635.932
Pests & diseases 632 & 635.049
Shrubs 635.976
Soil 631.4
Trees 635.977 & 582.16
Vegetables 635

Gardening Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

The library holds a number of gardening encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Useful Websites

  • Property search
  • WCC Property services overview
    The Council can help you with a range of building information needs and requirements. Have a look here for an overview.
  • Building Research Association of New Zealand
    BRANZ is an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company providing resources for the building industry.
  • New Zealand Legislation
    This site contains New Zealand Acts, Bills, and Regulations. You can read and download any of these free of charge.
  • Resource Consents
    Any development, subdivision or other proposed use of a site must be assessed against the Council's District Plan. The District Plan contains rules about different types of activities in different parts of the city. Anything not permitted by the Plan requires a resource consent, which will be for either a land-use consent or a subdivision consent. Find out more information here.
  • Sustainability
    Wellington City Council has information regarding sustainable building to help homeowners, tenants, commercial property owners, architects, developers and builders make Wellington's buildings more sustainable.
  • WCC archives overview, including family history, rates books, publications, rating and valuation records
  • Building Act 2004.

Contact us

This page is written and maintained by library staff. Our aim is to keep you informed about the home and garden collection at the library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. We'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email us with any feedback.

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