Wellington Central Library is closed until further notice.

Students studying in the library.

Studying in the library

Wellington Council realises this closure affects many people. We are working hard to minimise disruption while continuing to add to our central city library replacement services. You can find information about the closure and what’s happening to our services on Wellington City Libraries’ website’s frequently asked questions.

You can also find more information out about the Central Library closure on our council website.

Studying in the library

Wellington’s branch libraries are community focal points, providing knowledge facilities and resources in a welcoming environment. Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre and He Matapihi Molesworth Library are now open and our 11 branch libraries remain open to the public. We encourage you to make use of these spaces and our Community Centres throughout Wellington. Planning is underway for a third new central city library in the Harbour City Centre on Brandon Street. This is expected to open early next year.

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.

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.