Central Library Celebrates 20 Years

5 December 2011

When the Central Library moved into the Ian Athfield-designed building on Victoria Street in 1991, Wellingtonians embraced its nikau palms, curved glass facade, multi-coloured exterior and unusual furniture designs.

Wellington Central Library

Wellington Central Library

Twenty years on the library is still a focal point in the city - a place to browse, study, listen to children's stories, music or lunchtime talks, take time out in the cafe or settle into one of the avant-garde chairs to read a magazine.

To mark this 20th anniversary, the library is having a birthday party - and you're invited.

This Saturday 10 December there will be birthday cake, free issues of CDs and DVDs, and tours of the library backrooms will delve into hidden corners. For kids there's a treasure hunt. There will also be an online adults' quiz.

For those interested in the architecture of the library, Ian Athfield will be giving a talk next week.

We've also filmed some well-known Wellingtonians - among them Melissa Moon, Nicky Hager, Fiona Kidman, Witi Ihimaera and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown - talking about books that have inspired them.

To see the film clips, online quiz or for more information on the 20th anniversary events:

Central Library 20th Anniversary - Wellington City Libraries website

20th anniversary day: 9.30am - 5.00pm, Saturday 10 December

Ian Athfield talk: 6.00pm, Tuesday 13 December, Central Library