Auckland Libraries is a network of 55 libraries serving a population of about 1.5 million people. It has a reputation for vibrancy and community engagement, a focus on meaningful interaction with children and young people for a lifetime of reading and discovery, unique heritage collections of international significance and programmes and services delivered with local flavour.
Auckland Libraries came into existence on 1 November 2010 following the amalgamation of eight councils and seven public library systems. In March 2012 Auckland Council adopted a 30 year strategy (the Auckland Plan) to deliver on a shared vision for Auckland and all its people – to be the world’s most liveable city.
Auckland is in the North Island of New Zealand and comprises a dynamic city centre, urban and rural areas, beaches, volcanoes, harbours, islands and forests. The tangata whenua (indigenous ‘people of the land’) in New Zealand are Māori. Auckland (the Māori name of which is Tāmaki Makaurau) is home to 19 iwi (‘peoples’). Partnership between Māori and Auckland Council is an important part of Auckland’s development.
The population of the region is diverse. Auckland has residents from over 180 cultures and ethnicities and includes one of the largest populations of Pacific peoples in the world.
In June 2013 the new Wellsford library building opened. This northern-most library in the Auckland Libraries network is situated in a town that services a rural community. The building generates energy from solar panels and has two charging units for electric cars – a first for libraries in New Zealand. This library is four times the size of the previous one. Visitor numbers are soaring and new library programmes (enabled by the extra space and facilities) are popular with the locals.
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