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.


September 2022: Contract signed for start of main construction work

On 14 September 2022, Wellington City Council entered a contract with LT McGuinness for the first stage of main construction: base Isolators, piling, caps, mass walls and seating angles.

The tender followed the process agreed in the 'Te Matapihi–Wellington Central Library Upgrade Project, Early Contractor Involvement Agreement' signed on 5 April 2022 between Wellington City Council and LT McGuinness. This marks a significant step forward for the project.

LT McGuiness will take over the site from 19 September 2022, with substantive work ramping up from 3 October 2022 onwards.

August 2022: Ready for main reconstruction works after strip out complete

April 2022: Artist impressions of the preliminary design

February 2022: The second stage of preparing for strengthening

September 2021: We are packing up

April 2021: Design principles to guide the Central Library announced

October 2020: Council decision on future on the Central Library

Restoring Wellington’s Central library service

Options for the future of the Central Library

Earlier updates on Central Library

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.