Te Matapihi | Central Library

Learn more about how the decision to strengthen and modernise Te Matapihi was made, and follow the progress of the project.


June 2023: Tower crane install at Te Matapihi

L.T. McGuinness are preparing to install a tower crane onto the Te Matapihi Library site on Victoria Street from 12 June 2023, weather permitting. The crane will be there until March 2025.

The team will begin with the setup of a mobile crane on Victoria Street and will require a weather window of four consecutive days of low wind levels to be able to build the tower crane safely. If weather is not favourable, they will have to postpone the operation until the next available weather window.

Impact on Victoria Street

Victoria Street will be closed to all through traffic from Harris Street to the Mercer Street intersection during the 4-day window. All vehicle access that is required to the carparking building on the western side of Victoria Street between Harris Street and Mercer Street will be escorted by traffic controllers.

Please expect traffic disruption along Victoria Street and surrounding roads due to lane closures during this time. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Pedestrian access will remain available along the western side of Victoria Street, however, please be aware of the isolated work zone that will be occurring on Victoria Street.

Installation schedule

The crane installation operation involves:

  • Day 1: Traffic management setup and road closure of Victoria Street, from Harris Street to Mercer Street. Setup of mobile crane which will build the tower crane. Truck deliveries.
  • Day 2: Building tower crane and truck deliveries.
  • Day 3: Building tower crane and truck deliveries.
  • Day 4: Demobilisation of mobile crane and removal of road closure.

Hours of operation

Work on site will generally be between 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. However, there may be some works outside of these times, dependant of progress.

Purpose of the crane

The crane will provide the ability to lift materials from the loading zone on Harris Street and Victoria Street into the building. It will play an important part in the construction of the new facades and the Civic Room.

About the closure

Details about the closure
Wellington Central Library closure map (768KB PDF)

Accessing library collection, services and facilities

While Te Matapihi is being restored you can visit any of the three interim library branches in the city centre: Te Awe (Brandon Street), Arapaki (Manners Street) and He Matapihi Molesworth (Molesworth Street).

You can also reserves items from the library collection to pick up from the branch of your choice.

For more information, visit the Wellington City Libraries website.

Citizens Advice Bureau

These services are available at the James Smith Building on the corner of Manners Street and Cuba. Opening hours and more information are available at cab.org.nz

Justice of the Peace (JP) service desk

The JP service desk is now at Te Awe library (by the Panama Street entrance). Please check the JPFed website for times.

Find a JP in your suburb: justiceofthepeace.org.nz 

Contact us

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