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Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua - Devonport Library opens in new home 


The new Devonport Library. The brand-new Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua - Devonport Library is now open at 2 Victoria Road in Windsor Reserve.

The library was opened with a dawn blessing on Monday 2 February, including a karakia (blessing) ceremony lead by mana whenua. Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua and the land beneath it has ancestral significance for Ngati Whatua, Ngati Paoa, Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngati Maru and Ngai Tai ki Tamaki.

Devonport Library. The $7.8 million building was designed by Athfield Architects. With high ceilings and a mezzanine floor area, the library has 950m2 of floor space, but sits within the same footprint as the former library on Windsor Reserve. 

Feature windows frame harbour views on the south and east sides of the building, while to the west the entrance, expanses of glass pathways, and outdoor seating integrate the building with Devonport’s main street.

Innovative design features include the natural ventilation system which keeps the air at an ambient temperature using louvered windows and the building’s Devonport Library. natural air flows, and a series of ‘snug’ areas and subtle acoustic panelling that allow the library to be used for different purposes at the same time.

As well as the library’s existing collection of artworks and meaningful heritage items, it boasts four significant art pieces.

To cater for the library's resident cat, Benjamin, a micro-chipped cat-door has been installed to allow him to come and go.

Find out more about the new Devonport Library on the Auckland Council website.


Events programme

The new library's expanded events programme includes:

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