Friday, January 8, 2010

The National Library has moved

Those visiting Wellington this year (and probably next year too) should note that while the building is being redeveloped, the National Library public reading room and some other services are now at 77 Thorndon Quay, instead of its site at the corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets. The present building is relatively recent, opened in 1987, but is already too small.

We visit it quite often as it naturally has the best collection of New Zealand books in the country, and the old books are most useful for research.

While on the subject, here is also a photo of what was there about 80 years ago. One notes the Vauxhall sign. The shops on the other side (Hill Street corner) were later demolished to make way for the Anglican cathedral.

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