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Central Library refurbishment 

31/05/2017 

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We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re making improvements to Central Library.

Between early June and September Central library will be undergoing a refurbishment. This will include installing new carpet, painting the walls and also changing the lighting for new environmentally friendly and brighter LED lighting.

While this work is taking place we’re also taking the opportunity to make some further changes to the library to improve visitors experience when visiting.


Level 2 works - 8 June to 3 July approx.

  • Level 2 access will be limited to the passenger lift, while carpet laying and building occurs.
  • Regular events in the Whare may be rescheduled, check this page for updates.
  • The newspaper room on Level 2 will close and move to Level 1, some papers may not be available during this time.
  • Open shelf and stack items in the research centre may not be available. Check the catalogue and ask staff for any specific items.
  • The Sir George Grey Special Collection reading room and exhibition room are open and accessible via the lifts.
  • During the closure of Level 2, the HeritageTalks that are normally held in the Whare Wananga will be held in the Waitemata Room on Level 3.

Level 1 works - 4 July to 4 August

  • This floor will be entirely closed during these works to deliver new and improved study, computer and reading areas.
  • The Citizens Advice Bureau will be offering a service from elsewhere in the building,  ask staff for directions.
  • Makerspace will be closed during this time.
  • Collection items currently on this floor will not be available during this time. Ask staff for help to place requests or help you find alternatives.
  • Public computers currently on this floor will not be available during this time - however level 2 and ground floor computers are available.

Ground floor works – 7 August to 14 September

  • This floor will have partial access during this time, and will lead to the creation of a better Maker Space, creation of a new space for events and programmes and improvements to the issues desk and surrounding areas.
  • Customer request pickup and issuing of material will be available throughout  the works.
  • Most collection items currently on this floor will not be available during this time. Ask staff for help to place requests or help you find alternatives.
  • Public computers currently on this floor will not be available during this time - however level 2 and level 1 computers are available.

We’ll try to keep disruption to a minimum during the works but please bear with us.

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