Wellington City Libraries

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Central Library

Central Library foyer Click here for a map to Central Library. Click here for a detailed view of the Central Library floor plan. Click here for information about Central Library's different collections. See also information about the architecture of the Central Library.

Postal Address: PO Box 1992, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Street Address: 65 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone: 801 4040
Central Library Customer OPAC
Fax: 801 4047
E-mail: Central Library Email


Strange Fruit Clock by Duncan Sargeant

Monday: 9:30am-8:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30am-8:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-8:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am-8:30pm
Friday: 9:30am-8.30pm
Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm
Sunday: 1pm-4pm
Public Holidays: Our library network is normally closed.

Online Tours

Group tours

If you, or your community group would like to learn more about how to get the best use out of your library we are happy to arrange for either a tour tailored to your interests, or a demonstration of our online resources. Please contact enquiries@wcl.govt.nz to make a booking.

Available times are:

  • Tuesday, at 10.30am, or
  • Thursday, at 2pm

Visiting the Library

Bus Routes:

All routes which run through Central City Wellington will take you close to the Central Library. If you are travelling South into the city get off at the Willis Street stop, Victoria Street runs parallel to Willis Street and the stop is in the same block as the Library. If you are travelling North into the city get off at the Manners Street stop, Victoria Street intersects with Manners Street and the library is down from Manners Street towards the BNZ Centre.

For more information call Wellington Regional Council's 24 hour Metlink Service Centre on 04 801 7000 or (toll-free) 0800 801 700.


Under the Library Building, Pay and Display parking is provided by Wellington City Council

  • Entrance: Harris Street
  • Central city parking charges apply * FREE on weekends * Maximum parking at all times: 2 hrs

On Victoria Street directly outside the library

  • Metered Parking
  • 5 Minute Park

The James Smith Parking Building and the Michael Fowler Centre Parking are also nearby

Civic Square

Civic Square

Library Entrance:

Main Entrance: Victoria Street opposite OfficeMax, in between the Nikau Palms.

Civic Square Entrance: On the Victoria Street side of Civic Square, through Clarks' Cafe

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Central Library at night

Central Library at night

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