Wellington City Libraries

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Who can join?

Wellington Resident Adult (18 years and over)

If you live in Wellington city, joining Wellington City Libraries as an Adult borrower gives you access to:

Join online or at one of our libraries today.

Check the News Blog regularly for updates on events and reviews.

We also cater for adults who are:

  1. Print Impaired (Talking Book service)

    Presenting a letter from a doctor, optician or other qualified referee to the membership desk at any library branch. Staff will put a note on your library card to give you access to:

    • free books and music on CD
    • free DVDs

    Our staff can also help with the selection of material if you wish.

  2. Housebound

    If you are permanently unable to get to a library yourself you can benefit from this free service. Residents of Wellington retirement villages or other centres for the elderly are also eligible for this service.

    All library materials may be borrowed through the service, including ordinary and large print books, books and music on CD, DVDs and magazines.

    Prospective housebound residents are interviewed in their own homes to establish a reading/listening profile. Selections are made by the Housebound team in the Central library, and are then delivered by volunteers every four weeks. We have provisions for readers who wish to select their own material, including online reservations and reading lists.

    For further enquiries about these membership types, please visit, or contact us during office hours: at the Housebound and Talking Book Service, 2nd floor Central Library, 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Telephone: (04) 801 4044 or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

Wellington Resident Child (0-12 years)

If you live in Wellington city, joining your child to Wellington City Libraries has many advantages:

Join your child online or at one of our libraries today.

Check the Kid's Blog regularly for updates on things to do and book reviews.

Wellington Resident Young Adult (13-17 years)

If you live in Wellington city, a Young Adult membership gives you the same advantages as a Child membership, and:

Join online or at one of our libraries today.

Check the Teen Blog regularly for updates on events and reviews.

Studying in Wellington (non-resident)

If you or your child are enrolled with a NZQA approved primary, secondary and tertiary institution, or preschool, in the Wellington rate paying area but live outside the city boundaries, you can still join Wellington City Libraries for free. It gives you the same advantages as Wellington Residents of the same age. When you come to register, as well as a valid ID and proof of address, please bring something in writing which shows you are a student of an NZQA approved organisation in Wellington City, e.g. letter, student card. This is an annual membership but it can be easily renewed by an up-to-date proof of student membership by a NZQA approved organisation in Wellington City.

Working in Wellington (non-resident)

If you work in Wellington but live outside the city boundaries, you can still join Wellington City Libraries for free. It gives you the same advantages as an Adult membership does. When you come to register, as well as a valid ID and proof of address, please bring something in writing which shows you are an employee of an organisation in Wellington City, e.g. letter, pay slip. This is an annual membership but it can be easily renewed by an up-to-date proof of employment by a Wellington organisation.

If you have a child enrolled in a daycare facility in Wellington, they can also have free membership of Wellington City Libraries.

Wellington Organisation (Agent)

A Wellington organisation can join as a corporate library member. This may be an option to enable small businesses support staff gain access to work related books and magazines held by the library. One library card is issued to the organisation. Note most electronic databases are restricted to personal use only and are not available for corporate use.

Wellington School Membership

Any school or early childhood centre located in Wellington city is eligible to apply for a "School Membership". The School Membership is able to be used by teachers in conjunction with class visits to the library, or for borrowing resources from the library collection for use within the classroom.

The membership has been designed to suit the needs of schools and early childhood centres and has a range of benefits and terms and conditions that differ from a regular Adult or Wellington Organisation membership. To apply for this membership, the school or centre will need to supply a letter along with the library application form.

Please visit the School Membership information page for further details.

Living out of Wellington

You can join Wellington City Libraries if you are a NZ resident*(see note) who lives outside the Wellington City area.

There are two ways you can join:
  • Out of Towner:

    This offers free membership with $2 charge on all items borrowed. This charge is added to any lending fee e.g. it would cost $3 to borrow a CD - lending fee of $1 + Out of Towner Charge $2 = $3. This would be the option to choose if you only wish to borrow occasionally.

  • Annual Subscription:

    There is a subscription of $100 per annum. This entitles you to the same access as above. As there are no additional lending fees, it may be cheaper if you wish to borrow frequently.

Note: Only fully registered library members will be able to access our eLibrary collection of audiobooks, eBooks and online articles and newspapers.

* Non-NZ Residents: Membership of Wellington City Libraries is not generally available to people who normally reside outside New Zealand.

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