News | 15 May 2023
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He Matapihi Molesworth Street library closing

Wellington City Council’s He Matapihi Molesworth Street library is closing to the public on 30 June 2023 when its lease comes to an end.

He Matapihi Molesworth collection

After the Central Library closed for earthquake strengthening, the Council opened several interim libraries around Pōneke, with National Library offering to temporarily host one to support ongoing services to Wellingtonians from its site.

“We’ve had a great four years leasing this space from them, but we always knew this day would come as they begin construction to connect the National Library to the National Archives,” says Laurinda Thomas, Manager Libraries & Community Spaces. 

“Thanks to them, we’ve been able to provide all of our usual services and house collections centred on Aotearoa New Zealand, ranging from children’s books to magazines and fiction.”

The He Matapihi Molesworth collections will be redistributed around other branches, with some items put into Te Pātaka, our Collection and Distribution Centre.

All collections will still be available to be reserved and delivered to local branches, usually within two days (if not already on loan to another customer). The staff will be redeployed to other Wellington library branches.

More updates will be available on our website (He Matapihi Molesworth Library ( and at He Matapihi Molesworth Street.

There are 13 other libraries around Wellington, all information can be found on the Wellington City Libraries website: