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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!

If you have any queries please contact our Ask a Librarian service on

Interloans and Suggestions to Purchase

Interloan requests and Suggestions to Purchase are now available again!

We understand customers have been eagerly waiting for this service to return and we look forward in trying to fulfil your requests! Please do check our catalogue before submitting a request, and bear in mind that we will be dealing with a backlog.

Please also be aware we are still experiencing national and international supply issues.

Favourite authors are on our standing order list and are automatically purchased two months or so before being published. Why not set up alert profiles for new titles from your favourite writers?

Please contact our Ask A Librarian service at with any questions.

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Kids eResources

Digital Distractions - Online activities and projects for your tamariki

Fed up with the family? Run out of things to watch on Netflix? Try some of these fun activities for kids (and big kids!).

Have a crack at coding

Arts and Crafts

  • Watch Caines Arcade and make your own cardboard arcade game
  • Build a pillow fort and read books in it!
  • Make a zine with this template and these instructions and ideas. You could make a zine about your favourite artist or musician, a thing you are an expert on, something you've done or would like to do in the future
  • Travel to the world's greatest museums with your own personal museum guide

Writing Projects

  • Get your writing published in our isolation zine! Submit any writing you'd like us to consider to with the subject line ‘Quaranzine submission’.
  • Love writing? Enter the North and South Short Story Competition
  • Write a short play or drama about a family in lockdown during Covid-19. If you feel inspired film it!
  • Create a daily journal to record your feelings and thoughts during this time

Free Music Programs

Searchable Sound Libraries

Thanks to the team at Naenae Clubhouse for pulling this list together.

For other activity ideas please check out Naenae Clubhouse and Taita Clubhouse on Facebook.

This page was last updated on 15 June 2020