The Central Library is now closed and all items housed within the library are unavailable for loan until further notice. Our 11 branch libraries remain open.

Students studying in the library.

Studying in the library

Studying in the library

Wellington’s branch libraries are community focal points, providing knowledge facilities and resources in a welcoming environment. Our 11 branch libraries remain open to the public and we encourage people to make use of these spaces. We also have Community Centres throughout Wellington. 

Wellington Library branches
Community centres

Members can also access a range of resources online through our eLibrary – including eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines, online databases and digitised heritage.

You can search the libraries’ online catalogues, check your library card, view lists of new items and find information on popular topics.

The recommended online resources at help library members to search authoritative databases and thousands of New Zealand and international newspaper and magazine articles on many topics.

Closure of the Central Library

The Wellington Central Library will be closed from 8.30pm Tuesday 19 March 2019. We’ve made the decision to close the Central Library building and public car park after receiving advice from engineers. The  engineers’ report revealed that the Central Library building has structural vulnerabilities that mean it may not perform well in the event of a significant earthquake.

Central Library closure

Citizens Advice Bureau and Justice of the Peace service desk

From Monday 25 March these services will be available on the ground floor of Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street.

Citizen Advice Bureau hours are:

  • Monday: 9.30am-5.15pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 930am-6.30pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Saturday: 11am-1pm

Justice of the Peace service desk hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 11am-2pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday evening: 5pm-6pm
  • Wednesday evening: 5pm-6.30pm
  • Saturday: 11am-12.30pm

Library programmes

Our branch network offers a range of special programmes and events, including pre-school storytime, Baby Rock ‘n’ Rhyme and school holiday activities. Please check out our events calendar for locations and times.


Wellington City library membership is free to all residents. People who live outside the city are welcome in the libraries, through our Out of Towner or Annual Subscription membership.
Joining - Wellington City Libraries 

Find out more

Branch libraries and community centres are operating as normal and can assist with any questions you may have about the closure of the Central Library and how to access services. You can also contact the Wellington City i-Site or Council Service Centre with general enquiries.