Wellington City Libraries
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|Location||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Size||600,000 books, 450,000 magazines, and 85,000 CDs, DVDs, videos|
- Mervyn Kemp (Tawa)
- Cummings Park (Ngaio)
- Central (closed)
- Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie)
- Island Bay
Wellington Central Library
The Central Public library (Also known as Wellington Free Library) first opened in 1893 on the corner of Mercer and Wakefield Streets, Designed by William Crichton a prominent architect in his time. The building was demolished in 1945 due to "earthquake concerns" although this is disputable.
The site was later occupied by the City Council Municipal buildings that are still in use today. The Wellington City Council archives https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/archives/search-the-archives holds the original plans and correspondence for this building, it seems there was concern over the foundations when it was originally built.
In 1937 a new library opened on a block between Mercer and Harris street. The building was subsequently converted into the City Gallery Wellington. In 1991 the new central branch library opened on Victoria and Mercer Streets along the edge of the Civic Square. Ian Athfield of Athfield Architects had designed the new building, which Fletcher Development and Construction built.
The library building consists of three main floors. The ground floor contains fiction, the Sound and Vision centre, the Young Adult and Children's collections and the main circulation desks. The first floor houses the sciences, humanities, arts, music and literature collections. The travel and history and New Zealand reference collections are located on the second floor. Two floors above the Library have until recently[when?] been leased by the Department of Conservation. A basement level serves for vehicle parking and for day-to-day circulation duties.
There was a decision to close the Central Library on the Tuesday 19 March 2019, 8:30pm, after receiving advice from engineers that the building has structural vulnerabilities which mean it may not perform well in the event of a significant earthquake. 
The library has won two New Zealand architectural awards; the Environmental Award in the Carter Holt Harvey Awards in 1992 and the National Award for Architecture 1993 sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
In 2006 the New Zealand Music Board honoured the Library with an excellence award for its "Sing along with Stu" storytime-programme.
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