Libraries Manager Jane Hill says the closure is essential to the software upgrade running smoothly.
"We realise this will be an inconvenience for some people who like to visit our libraries over a long weekend. However, we urge you to go along a week or two beforehand to take out any items you need for that time," says Jane.
All libraries will close by 7.00pm on Friday 22 October and reopen again as normal on Tuesday 26 October. After-hours return slots will be open. Access to the online catalogues, mygateway.info databases, downloadable audiobooks and customer library accounts will be unavailable during this time. However, customers will still be able to access all other parts of the libraries website - wcl.govt.nz
Jane says libraries have taken into account items that would have been due to be returned over Labour Weekend.
"We've reconfigured our system to make sure these items will automatically become due for return on the Tuesday following Labour Weekend. This way - no one will be charged overdue fines because of the closure. Also, anything already overdue won't incur extra fines while we are closed. "
All libraries will reopen as normal on Tuesday 26 October.