Wellington City Library - public consultation

The Wellington City Council has been wrestling with strengthening options and costs for the Central Library and has put four options out to public consultation up to 7 September.


Wellington Central Library
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Meantime, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is working on a nomination received for heritage listing of the library building.

The Athfield Architects designed building was opened in 1991 and is widely respected in the capital as providing a valid and valuable contribution to the central city.  The library building was not damaged in the Christchurch and Kaikōura quakes, however, it was reassessed after a change to the Government’s seismic performance assessment criteria guidelines for buildings and a decision was made by the Wellington City Council to close the building in March 2019.

Council library services are currently being provided in other areas of the city.




Four options have been put out to the public for feedback to the council:

  • A low-level upgrade costing $76.3 million to $90.8 million with a re-opening date of November 2023, NBS (New Building Standard) of 40% and a lifespan of 35 years;
  • A mid-level option costing $131.2 million to $151.8 million re-opening September 2024, NBS 80%, and a lifespan of 42 years;
  • A high-level option costing $174.4 million to $199.8 million reopening May 2025, NBS 100% plus, lifespan 50 years and;
  • A new-build option on site; costing $156.5 million to $160.7 million opening date November 2025, NBS TBC, lifespan 64 years.

For further details regarding submissions go to the Wellington City Council website.