Have your say on the future of the Central Library

3 November 2015

It's time to consider refreshing the Central Library building, which will be 25 years old in 2016.

Wellington Central Library.

This year marks 175 years of public libraries in Wellington. We are keen to hear the community's ideas, opinions and feedback on refreshing the internal design of the popular Central Library building.

The Council’s community facilities Portfolio Leader, Councillor Sarah Free, says that libraries are important to residents and the Central Library particularly so, with more visitors annually than Te Papa.

“Libraries are changing rapidly – books, magazines etc are still important but there are more online resources and the possibility of a greater variety of activities happening within the space. This refresh of the Central Library will be a once-in-a-decade event. I’d encourage everyone interested to have their say.”

People can provide their feedback by attending one of the following public meetings at the Mezzanine meeting room in the Central Library:

  • 12 noon, Saturday 28 November
  • 7pm, Wednesday 2 December
  • 12 noon and 7pm, Thursday 3 December

Community, Sport and Recreation Committee Chair Paul Eagle is encouraging people to think a little differently about what they want from a Council library service. “Globally, libraries are challenging their traditional image, offering much more than just books. They’re transforming to become experimental places where people connect with others to learn about new ideas in a new social context. Think about what the ultimate library experience could look like.”

You’ve got until 11 December 2015 to share your thoughts.