Auckland City Library

Meals outside Auckland City Library

by H Sthompson,

The Auckland Central City library is more than a big building full of books. 

For many otherwise isolated or idle, cold or cashless, the library offers an oasis of calm, community and occasionally kai. 

Karel Brooke, Community Team Leader at the library. The Community Team is responsible for day to day functions, an the library’s outreach programs.

The library offers numerous activities and events including a regular movie morning. 

“Gone are the days of librarians shuffling around hushing people,” says Karel.

Movie mornings start at 10am every Monday on level two. Tea or coffee and biscuits are offered and a democratic decision is made regarding which movie to screen.

“Movies are played in the People Whare to offer the big cinema experience,” says Karel. 

Among the many other free services enjoyed by library patrons is free wifi to connect your own device, or use one of the numerous library computers. 

Many people might think you need to have a residential address to obtain a library card, however if you are homeless you can use either the LifeWise or Auckland City Mission address. 

Karel says the staff at the library have no specific problems with rough sleepers and although no one minds if you snooze on a seat, stretching out on the floor is actively discouraged. 

“The Library is an inclusive space where everyone is equal, treated with respect and compassion” says Karel.