Facts & Figures

  • $22.5mCapital expenditure for Johnsonville Library

  • 1800m2New library space

  • CafeNew cafe

  • 300,000Anticipated users in the first year

We are building a new, larger library in Johnsonville to cater for increasing demand as the area’s population grows.

Feedback summary

We received feedback from 189 people on the pre-concept design over October and November 2015. Common themes included:

  • great support for a new library being the centre of a community hub for the northern suburbs
  • excitement about a larger library, larger collection, and good coffee
  • people were keen to have quiet spaces, Wi-Fi and public computers, while mentioning that reading and borrowing books were still their number one activity
  • wanted a space that was comfortable, child friendly, with a good atmosphere and helpful staff
  • the facility needed to be user friendly, inviting, inspiring - and a social place with events for all ages

Most people lived in Johnsonville and would bring their car to the library, but would combine the trip with using the pool, visiting the park and doing the shopping at the shopping centre. 

Feedback Summary on the Pre-concept Designs (276KB PDF) | Text version (959KB RTF)

Keeping up to date with progress

If you'd like us to keep you up to date with the progress of the new Johnsonville Library project, please email us on newjohnsonvillelibrary.wcc.govt.nz

What we proposed earlier ...

The new library will be located next to Keith Spry Pool and the Johnsonville Community Centre, a site chosen after an initial round of community engagement in 2011. By aligning these three facilities, we see an opportunity to create an integrated hub, which will act as a focal point for the Johnsonville community.

At 1800m2, Johnsonville’s new library will be three times larger than the current facility, and will be a flexible modern space, capable of serving all of Wellington’s Northern suburbs. The new library is intended to be a flagship project, utilising cutting-edge technology in harmony with more traditional library elements.

The new library building will need to allow for a diversity of potential uses, and should cater for all members of the community. We want the building to achieve a balance between traditional and modern functions, and to be a versatile, community-orientated space.

The project’s first milestone, pre-concept design, is open for consultation now. We want the proposed hub to be the heart of the Johnsonville community, and to act as a meeting place for all local residents. This means it is essential that we get this initial phase right.

We are keen to hear the community’s ideas and thoughts on the broad design of the new library, and to understand your aspirations for this new development. So tell us what you think!

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