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Kōrero mai: te para me te hangarua | Talk with us: rubbish and recycling

Council has some options to make kerbside rubbish and recycling better in Lower Hutt, and it would be great to know what you think.

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Engagement closes on Sunday 16 August.

Free Internet at Hutt City Libraries

Hutt City Libraries customers are now entitled to two free hours of internet a day on library computers.

  • You will need a library card to use your free internet time. For help getting or using a library card please talk to a member of staff
  • The two free hours can be used over multiple sessions if required
  • You can still pay for a voucher if you do not have or want a library card, or need more than two hours
WiFi is available for free at all our libraries, with no time limits.

Our Collections for 2020/21

As part of Council’s 2020/21 ‘Getting us through’ Annual Plan, our budget for library stock replacement in the 2020/21 financial year has been reduced by 20%.

Our collection teams are trying to find ways to alleviate the impact of this reduction for our customers, but have had to make some difficult decisions about what to buy for our library collections this year.

Here are some of the impacts you may see:

  • There will be an overall reduction in the number of copies of new titles we can buy across all collections. This means you may have to wait a bit longer to borrow some of the more popular new titles as they’re released. Please remember you can also search and access the larger SMART library collections, as well as requesting an Interloan from one of our partner libraries. Please ask a member of staff if you would like help using these services.
  • We will be buying very few, if any, CDs or DVDs. Your library membership gives you access to fantastic free movie and music databases, including Beamafilm, Access Video and Alexander Street Music.
  • We may not be able to buy all suggestion to purchase requests

We appreciate your feedback; tell us what you think here, or have a chat with any of our staff.

Your Library at Alert Level 1

Hutt City Libraries will still be operating with slightly reduced hours across our libraries throughout Level One, including closing War Memorial Library on Sunday.

Find out more about why we have reduced hours.

Opening hours across a number of Hutt City Libraries have been reduced during Levels 2 and 1 of the Covid19 pandemic, to ensure we can safely provide our full range of onsite services to as many people as possible. It will take us a little while to get back to full capacity at all our libraries because of staffing changes during lockdown, and the ongoing need to prioritise the health and safety of our customers.

In the meantime, a range of operational savings have been identified across Council, to provide a lower rates increase in 2020/21 for Hutt City residents. As CEO Jo Miller noted in a recent press release, additional operational savings have been a big part of Council being able to adopt this lower rates increase, while also being able to progress key priorities - “We’ve tightened our belt and made $3 million of operational savings.”

These savings include reducing library opening hours at the War Memorial Library, and in particular, not opening the War Memorial Library on Sunday afternoons. A longstanding agreement with the neighbouring St James Anglican Church had previously limited our Sunday opening hours at War Memorial Library, and there are high operational costs involved in opening the large building for only four hours at a time.

These reduced hours will therefore be formalised for the 2020/21 financial year, and we are just working through implementation, to ensure we can provide support and options for those members of our community who were Sunday afternoon visitors to the War Memorial Library before Covid-19.

Naenae Community Library, Petone Community Library, Wainuiomata Library, Koraunui Stokes Valley Library at KSV Community Hub, and Taita Library at Walter Nash Centre are all still open on Sundays, and offer a full range of services, while our online services are available 24/7 on the Hutt City Libraries website.

Some on-site programmes and activities are now running. Check out our What's On guide and keep an eye on our social media pages for updates.

Loan periods have now returned to normal.

We'd like to thank all our customers for their patience and understanding throughout all the alert levels.

Please continue to use our eResources, and dont forget you can sign up for membership online!

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This page was last updated on 20 July 2020