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Mō Te Whare Pukapuka o Tari-Kākā About Khandallah Library

Our library and community

Khandallah was part of the Onslow Borough from 1890, until Onslow Borough Council amalgamated with Wellington City Council in 1919. The first library in Khandallah opened in 1947, when a local resident, Fanny Irvine-Smith, collected signatures for a petition seeking its establishment. This library was run from an old house on council land. The present library was opened in 1953.

Our borrowers span all age groups and have a strong library commitment. Our catchment area includes the areas around Khandallah such as Rangoon Heights, Cashmere, Te Kainga and Ngauranga. On average we serve around 1600 customers per week. Khandallah Library

Services We Offer

Internet Access

Computers for internet and email access are available at a rate of $1.50 per 15 minutes. Printing is 20c per page black and white, or 50c per page colour. Our free internet service provides free access to selected websites including the Wellington City Libraries website and catalogue, mygateway databases, government sites, select NZ sites, and many more. Wifi is also available. There is a 100MB daily data limit per customer (network wide) and no password required.

Word Processing

Free word processing is available from our computers. Software includes: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader 6.0. CD and memory sticks (USB devices) are available for purchasing. Printing is 20c per page black and white, or 50c per page colour.


The photocopier provides both black and white and colour copying. It is coin-box operated only and accepts all coins. Photocopying rates are 20c per page A4 black and white; 40c per page A3 black and white; $2 per page A4 colour and $3 per page A3 colour.


Scanning is available - $1.50 for up to 20MB then 20c for each additional page. Scanning is done by staff. Please ask us about scanning a document for you.

Pre-school Storytime

Khandallah Pre-school Storytime is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am in the children's area. All welcome. For more information about this programme please visit the Khandallah Library whats on page!

Our Collection

Khandallah Library has a boutique library collection that has been developed to reflect the interest of the community. People come in and browse to find something new and different to take home. Khandallah Library's collection comprises about 15,000 items.

We also hold the F.L. Irvine-Smith Memorial Collection which is a collection of New Zealand works donated to the library, in memorial to Fanny Irvine-Smith.

Khandallah : Tari-kākā

The Māori branch name for Khandallah Library is Tari-kākā. Tari-kākā peak appears to be the correct form of the name of the high summit behind Khandallah, usually called Kaukau but also referred to as Kākā Hill.- this indicates a place where kākā snares were set. Interested in other Māori branch names? Visit our Māori branch names page.

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