Wellington City Libraries

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Our Library and Community

Wadestown Library

Wadestown Library is a branch in the Wellington City Libraries network. Wadestown's library service first started in 1932 in a building that was previously owned by the Working Men's Club at 46 Pitt Street. On the 29th of February 1988 a new library was built on land gifted to Wellington City Council by the Myers family in memory of their son Philip. The new building was designed by the Wellington City Council design team and features artwork in glass over the entrance.

The late poet/author/comedian and Goon Show member, Spike Milligan was known to meet a friend and sit on the corner of the land on which the library now sits. Consequently the area was named Spike Milligan Corner to acknowledge this favourite spot. A seat was installed in Wadestown's centenary year (1881-1981) and is known as the Wadestown Centenary Seat.

There is a public toilet at the side of the library which is available during library hours. Just up the road from the library are shops, a telephone booth and more public toilets. Wadestown School and pre-schools are located nearby.

Spike Milligan Corner

Services We Offer

Free and Paid Internet Computers

We have computers offering free access to pre-selected internet sites, but if you want to use the internet for email or other general searching, we have computers available for $3 for half an hour ($1.50 for 15 minutes) plus 20 cents per page printing charge. Our free internet service provides free access to websites we think are useful for information or research. These include websites such as online newspapers, government websites, some NZ websites, the websites recommended in our kids catalogues and many more.

Word Processing

Free word processing is available from our computers and printing costs 20 cents per page. Software available includes: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader 6.0. CD and memory sticks (USB devices) are available for purchasing.


We also have a black and white photocopier which provides A4 copies (20 cents per page) and A3 copies (40 cents). It is coin-box operated, but we are able to give change.

Fax Machine

We have a fax machine available. There is a $4 base charge for all faxes, plus per page charges for national and international faxes ($1.50 per page for national faxes, $6 per page for international faxes).

Children's Programmes

Wadestown Library offers a range of fun and inspiring programmes and holiday activities for children. For more information about these programmes please visit the Wadestown Library whats on page!

Wadestown Community Coordinator

Wadestown Community Coordinator Louise Davies is based at Wadestown Library. Her office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30am - 4:00pm.

Louise can be contacted on 499-1825 or email louise.davies@wcc.govt.nz

Wadestown Community Space

Wadestown Library also has a dedicated community space where you can meet, hold events and find local information.

To book the space or make a booking for Wadestown Community Centre, located in Pitt Street, please contact the Community Coordinator.

Our Collection

Wadestown collection

The Wadestown Library collection offers a range of different material including fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult collections, large print books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audio books, comics, maps, reference material and online databases.

The library also receives daily copies of the Dominion Post. In addition, we also have many Wellington City Council publications and various local news and information sources available.

Wadestown : Ōtari : Place of bird snares

The Māori branch name for Wadestown is Ōtari. According to Elsdon Best, Ōtari is the name of the peak of Tinakori Ridge -- other names included Mt Wakefield, Upper Etako trig station, or Wireless Station hill. Find out more on our Māori branch names page.

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