Wellington City Libraries Review – What You Must Know

As far as education is concerned, libraries play major roles. In this case, Wellington city libraries play major roles, not in only education but also the society as a whole.

In this brief write-up, I will explain how the Wellington city library runs and what you can get there. Also, I will briefly explain to you how and where to locate all the branches.

The Wellington City Libraries

The library in history was one of the oldest libraries to be built in New Zealand. The library first opened in 1893 as Central Public Library on the corner of Mercer and Wakefield street. The building was demolished in 1945 after serving the city for 52 years due to earthquake concerns.

Another building on Victoria and Mercer street was reopened to the public again. In 2019 the building closed again but since then, there have been many other branches in the city.

There are 14 different branches in the Wellington region currently. There is the belief that any kind of book from kids’ comics to history books, you will get them there.

Membership And Fees

Any Wellingtonian can register even if the individual is not within the Wellington City ratepaying area. There is branch registration and online registration.

To join, the individual must be 18 years and above to join from any branch or through the online portal. No matter how you join, there are no fees. Membership is absolutely free.

As soon as you fill in your information online and receive a confirmation, you get a temporary membership which will last for a month.

Under this membership, you get to borrow three library items, borrow three overdrive ebooks and place one reserve.

To upgrade your membership, you have to visit any branch with or scan and send these documents. Personal Photo ID and Proof of Address (Bank statement or Utility bill). Terms And Conditions apply so read them first.

Youngsters below age 18 need their guardian or parent to signup for them.


The major transaction between a library and an individual is always borrowing. That is the major reason why the library exists in the first place. Let’s see what it takes to borrow in Wellington City Libraries.

Many factors affect the cost of borrowing in libraries. These include longevity period, type of membership, and what you are borrowing. Children and teens get to pay close to nothing on most items while adults get to pay on almost everything.

The interesting thing is the fact that borrowing is extremely low in any Wellington library branch. The highest is $8 and the least price is 50c. There are items that are free tho.

The longest period is four weeks while the least is a week. However, some of the items are limited by how long you can borrow them. This means that it could take less than four weeks for you to return them.

Wellington City Library Branches And Locations

There are 14 branches almost everywhere in Wellington. Below are the branches and their contact addresses.

Brooklyn Library
Cnr of Harrison & Cleveland Streets
New Zealand
Tel: 04 384 6814

Te Awe Library
29B Brandon Street
New Zealand
Tel: 04 801 3529

Cummings Park Library
1a Ottawa Road
New Zealand
Tel: 04 479 2344

Mervyn Kemp Library
158 Main Road
(Cnr Cambridge Street & Main Road)
New Zealand
Tel:04 232 1690

Miramar Library
68 Miramar Avenue
New Zealand
Tel:04 388 8005

Newtown Library
13 Constable Street
New Zealand
Tel: 04 389 2830

Ruth Gotlieb Library
101 Kilbirnie Crescent
New Zealand
Tel: 04 387 1480
Arapaki Manners Library
12 Manners Street
New Zealand
Tel: 04 803 8303

He Matapihi Molesworth Library
National Library of New Zealand
70 Molesworth Street
New Zealand
tel: 04 801 4122

Island Bay Library
167 The Parade
Island Bay
New Zealand
Tel:04 383 7216

Johnsonville Library
34 Moorefield Road
New Zealand
Tel:04 477 6151

Karori Library
247 Karori Road
New Zealand
Tel:04 476 8413

Khandallah Library
8 Ganges Road
New Zealand
Tel:04 479 7535

Wadestown Library
Corner of Moorhouse Street and Lennel Road
New Zealand
Tel: 04 473 5211

In conclusion, anything you would like to know about the library is on their website>>>https://www.wcl.govt.nz/

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