Posted by: bluesyemre | July 16, 2019

How #NewZealand #libraries are adapting to the 21st century


While Kiwis are taking fewer items out of libraries than in years past, there’s an increase in the number of “active borrowers”.

We love our libraries, hard.

When Wellington Central Library closed suddenly in March due to earthquake safety concerns, there was an outpouring of concern for the Sir Ian Athfield-designed building, the around 350,000 books and the 100 staff.

“Anywhere I go, people ask me about the Central Library,” says Laurinda Thomas, libraries and community spaces manager for Wellington City Council. “I think the reaction has been really significant.”

There have been similar outpourings in Opotiki, Gore, Titahi Bay and Waikanae, where libraries have been shuttered within the past year due to toxic mould. As our library buildings age and succumb to leaking issues that in some cases have been present for many years, you might argue that the era of the big building filled with shelves of books is finished. After all, people have been predicting the death of the library (and traditional books) for years.

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