Suggestions to Buy

If the library doesn't have an item you can make a 'Suggestion to Buy'. This is a request that the library buy an item. We welcome these suggestions, they are a great way for us to find out what you want and what we should have.


Anyone with a current library card can make a Suggestion to Buy


By filling out a Suggestion to Buy form at your local branch, by calling your local branch, or by filling in a Request Form

You need:

  • Your library card number
  • Information like the title and author of the item you wish us to buy

  • Cost:



    If we decide to purchase the item, a note will be placed on your card alerting you to the decision. If we decide not to purchase the item, you will receive notification and a brief explanation of the decision (please see the note below). There is no set timeframe for a response.


    You can indicate that you would like to reserve the item when you make the suggestion to buy. However, we cannot guarantee priority placement on a reserves list. The reserve costs $2 and you will receive notification when the item is here for you.

    Suggestion to buy requests can be declined by Wellington City Libraries for any of the following reasons:

    • Current collection priorities and budget do not allow for the purchase of the item, or there are sufficient items on the topic in the collection
    • It is out of print
    • It is unable to be sourced through our contracted suppliers
    • The publication date is more than 6 months in the future (customers can enquire again closer to the publication date)
    • More information is needed before we can make a decision about buying the item, such as more detailed publication details or book reviews
    • It is too specialised/academic for public library collections
    • The DVD has not yet received a New Zealand rating as required by the Films & Video Publications Classification Act 1993.

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