Wellington City Libraries

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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. To recommend we buy titles in our WCL Overdrive collection, see the section below

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.

    Recommending titles for our Overdrive eBook and eAudio collection

    You can recommend titles to add to the Libraries' Overdrive collection using the Recommend to Library service within Overdrive. You can recommend 1 title every 21 days - this enables our many customers the ability to suggest titles sustainably. We attempt to balance customer suggestions with the normal collection selection above.

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