Important note about COVID Level 2 and our libraries, including hours:

At Alert Level 2 our libraries are open, but with reduced opening hours and some restrictions in place to keep staff and the community safe (more information about Libraries at Level 2).

Wellington City Libraries

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Library Express

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See also

  • Housebound
    Free service for customers who are unable to visit the library long-term
  • Home Delivery
    Home delivery by courier is available as an option when you reserve individual items in our library catalogue. This is a charged service

If you are temporarily unable to visit the library or would like us to courier a selection to you at home or work, our Library Express service is an option.

  • Library Express is a charged service that allows you to arrange with our staff for a selection of items (either chosen by our librarians, or nominated by you) to be delivered to you by courier
  • Any (borrowable) item in our collection (Library Catalogue) can be requested — either choose your items yourself, or request that our librarians select for you
  • If you prefer, you can also give us a general idea of the topics you're interested in, e.g. topic based - 3 rose gardening books, author based - e.g. 3 Bill Bryson, format based - e.g. 3 Star Wars DVDs, or a mix of descriptors you give us


  • $5 Delivery within the Wellington region (the pink areas in this map)
  • Other charges may depend on your request and this will be confirmed as applicable ( e.g. $2 extra per item if you are a rental borrower, search time)


Library members who use this service via phone, email, fax — a charge will be placed on your library card for you to pay on your next library visit.

Requesting Library Express

To request our Library Express service, email us at with 'Library Express' in the subject line:


Details will be confirmed with you before despatch.

Arrival Time

  • 24 hours (weekdays) if the item is available
  • If an item is on loan or must be sourced from another site, 24 hours (weekdays) from when it reaches the library
  • For urgent delivery, email ProSearch. Find out more — about our ProSearch service

Loan Period

loan periods for items apply.

Please note: The loan period begins when the item is issued at the library, before it is sent to you.

Return of Items

  • The return of library items is the responsibility of the borrower
  • Items will come with an issue slip giving the date due and issuing branch
  • Normal overdue charges apply
  • If you want to return couriered items to a specific branch, please specify which branch to us

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