Wellington City Libraries

Wellington City Libraries (WCL) celebrates diversity in action every day.

The Wellington City Libraries network includes the Central Library, 11 branches across the city, comprehensive website and specialist collections. WCL also offer a range of outreach programmes which include: baby rock and rhyme sessions, pre-school story times, services to school children, migrant groups, seniors, businesses and the housebound. Wellington City Libraries are part of the Wellington City Council.

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Projects 2011

As part of the Migrant Communities Library Guide, WCL have created web pages to improve access to its services for speakers of other languages. The web pages about the library are available in 21 community languages, including Arabic, Samoan, Tagalog and Russian. See the languages section of the website.

Community Outreach

As part of the initiative to improve access to libraries, a Multicultural Specialist role was created. In this capacity, there is an extensive community outreach programme including talks and presentations, regular visits to social housing initiatives, story-telling programmes and community liaison. As a result of these outreach programmes, there has been a noticeable increase in customers from a diverse range of community groups. Users can also request an interpreter when visiting the library.

The Library as a Social Place: Wellington City Libraries Celebrate Diversity

The WCL will continue promoting the libraries as a social space. Celebrations and cultural displays will take place at several libraries. We anticipate that social English groups, Chinese senior’s social group and other groups will use the space. For 2011, there is a customer focus on Pacific Youth 15-25 years with the aim to increase library usage.

Earth People: A Race Relations Day Programme

The Wellington City Libraries has developed the concept of the Earth People, initially with the support of Capital E. This programme has run for several years as part of Race Relations Day and the libraries’ outreach programme. WCL has promoted this project with other regional libraries with the view to expanding this beyond Wellington. For 2011 we will host the Earth People and will determine then if this project should be expanded.

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