Central Library closure

Wellington’s Central Library building is closed until further notice. The footpath around the library building and the public library car park is also closed.

Entrance to Central Library.

Wellington Central Library building is closed

Collection and distribution centre 

A home has been found for Wellington Central Library’s collection of 400,000 items in Johnsonville. The Council is leasing a 2000 square metre, two storey site at 141 Johnsonville Road and will begin developing a new collection and distribution centre. The collection will be available to the public once the centre becomes operational in 2020.

Update on the Central Library

Work is underway to identify and scope possible remedial engineering options for the Central Library building. We expect any solution, once identified, will take some time to complete. We’ve made the decision to close the Central Library after receiving advice from engineers that the building has structural vulnerabilities and may not perform well in the event of a significant earthquake. We realise this closure will affect many people and we are working hard to minimise disruption.

Message from the Chief Executive 31 July 2019.

We’re pleased to announce that Professor Ken Elwood, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, has agreed to lead the process of facilitating a group of construction and engineering industry experts in finding the right way forward for the Central Library building.

Read the full statement Prof Elwood to lead Central Library experts.

Earlier updates on Central Library

Message from the Chief Executive 12 July 2019

Given the high public interest in the Central Library building, as well as the broader Civic Precinct, what follows is an update on where we are at with this work and an indication of the process from here.  

Read the full statement (470KB PDF)

— Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive

Engineering Assessment Memo  (1.9MB PDF)
Aurecon Engineering Assessment  (317KB PDF)
WSP OPUS Peer Review of Assessment (861KB PDF)

How to access library services and facilities

We are working hard to minimise disruption while continuing to add to our central city library replacement services. You can find information about where to access library services in the central city at the Wellington City Libraries website

Details about the closure
Wellington Central Library Closure Map  (768KB PDF)
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Community Centres

Citizens Advice Bureau and Justice of the Peace service desk

These services are now available at the James Smith Building on the corner of Manners Street and Cuba. You can reach them on 04 472 2466 or www.cab.org.nz.

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

View a full schedule of JP service desks across Wellington.

Access to wifi and printing

If you use the library for wifi, internet access or printing, free wifi is available throughout Wellington’s Central Business District. All 11 branch libraries and some of our Community Centres provide wifi, internet PCs and printing facilities. You may wish to contact them directly to check availability.
CBD free wifi

Contacting Wellington City Libraries

Contact our Library team directly via enquiries@wcl.govt.nz or 04 801 4040.

You can also contact the Wellington City i-Site or Council Service Centre with general enquiries.