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National Library opening space for Central Library’s services

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A partnership between the National Library and the Wellington City Council to develop library services was announced today by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.

Since Wellington’s Central Library was closed, the National Library has been working with the Council to look at creative ways to deliver complementary services.

“Both share the goal of making sure people have access to knowledge. It’s great there’s going to be a new co-operative space, where some of Wellington’s Central Library services and collection can complement National Library’s open access research collections,” says Minister Martin.

National Librarian Bill Macnaught says the new space will be adjacent to the popular He Tohu exhibition. “National Library school group visitors will be able to use the new ‘bleachers’ mini theatre area for visits to He Tohu.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says Wellingtonians are missing the Central Library and this is one way this special collaboration can enhance library services to customers. “We’re really excited to work together with the National Library for the benefit of Wellingtonians and all New Zealanders. The partnership with the National Library will form a part of the Capital’s replacement library services network,” says Justin Lester.

The new co-operative space is expected to be open in September offering a small collection of books and magazines to browse and borrow, access to digital content, free WiFi, and public PCs. A librarian will be on hand to answer questions and join up new members.

Wellington’s first new pop-up library opens on Tuesday, bringing library services back to central Wellington for the first time since the closure of the Central Library in March. The new pop-up library at 12 Manners Street is located with the Wellington City Council’s Service Centre, which is moving from its location on Wakefield Street.

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