Future of the Central Library consultation

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Future of the Central Library Consultation

Consultation closed, 5pm, Monday 7 September

Thank you to the over 1456 people and organisations who took the time to make a submission on the future of the Central Library. Submissions closed at 5pm, Monday 7 September.

We have contacted everyone who asked to provide an Oral Submission, and these will be heard by Council on Tuesday 22 September. You can read the meeting agenda and submission on the Council website.

The results from this consultation process, and the updated cost estimates will be provided in a Council paper, will then be presented to Council on Thursday 22 October 2020.

If you have any questions about your submission or the oral hearing, please email centrallibrarysubmission@wcc.govt.nz .

Background
The Central Library has been our city’s living room and a vital part of our vibrant inner city for decades. The building itself isn’t safe to use. There are several ways to make it safe for people to be in, which also brings new possibilities in using the space. This is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set up the central library to continue to support Wellington's diverse communities for at least the next 50 years.

Before decisions can be made on the future Central Library in October 2020 - we need to know what you think!

We have developed a Statement of Proposal (SOP) outlining the issues with the building, the practicable options available and the factors they were assessed against to help you make your decision. We will also running events at our libraries; the Planning for Growth information kiosk and online - so register for the latest news.

What are the options being proposed?
The Statement of Proposal outlines five options for retaining a central library service in Te Ngākau Civic Precinct.

The Statement of Proposal also includes options which were discarded, with the reasons why.

You can provide your views on these five options, or provide your own idea, or say if you prefer an option which was not put forward.

Why does the proposal suggest modernising the library?
While the priority is on re-establishing a Central Library, we also are responsible for ensuring the new service can meet the needs of Wellington’s future generations. While providing access to books and other physical and digital collections will continue to be a core service, we can also offer people access new technologies, spaces and services which support life-long learning, connection and community.

How were the five proposed options decided and others discarded?
Each of the options were assessed against a range of factors. They included the building's resilience and safety; how it could support a modern library service over the next 50 or more years; the costs and timeframes; how it connects and enlivens Te Ngākau Civic Precinct and how it may affect the environment.

How can I share my views?

Fill out the online submission below, or download and print the PDF version and post it into the Council for free.

We would like to know what option you prefer, and what factors you valued most in making your decision. Or you can provide an alternative option.

You have until 5pm, Monday 7 September to share your views with us.

Why did we close the Central Library?
New guidelines for concrete buildings, which were developed by the engineering community and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) found the Central Library structure and floor system design posed a high level of potential failure in a significant earthquake, and met 15-20 percent of the National Building Standard. On that basis, the Council’s Chief Executive closed the building to the public on 19 March 2019.

Consultation closed, 5pm, Monday 7 September

Thank you to the over 1456 people and organisations who took the time to make a submission on the future of the Central Library. Submissions closed at 5pm, Monday 7 September.

We have contacted everyone who asked to provide an Oral Submission, and these will be heard by Council on Tuesday 22 September. You can read the meeting agenda and submission on the Council website.

The results from this consultation process, and the updated cost estimates will be provided in a Council paper, will then be presented to Council on Thursday 22 October 2020.

If you have any questions about your submission or the oral hearing, please email centrallibrarysubmission@wcc.govt.nz .

Background
The Central Library has been our city’s living room and a vital part of our vibrant inner city for decades. The building itself isn’t safe to use. There are several ways to make it safe for people to be in, which also brings new possibilities in using the space. This is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set up the central library to continue to support Wellington's diverse communities for at least the next 50 years.

Before decisions can be made on the future Central Library in October 2020 - we need to know what you think!

We have developed a Statement of Proposal (SOP) outlining the issues with the building, the practicable options available and the factors they were assessed against to help you make your decision. We will also running events at our libraries; the Planning for Growth information kiosk and online - so register for the latest news.

What are the options being proposed?
The Statement of Proposal outlines five options for retaining a central library service in Te Ngākau Civic Precinct.

The Statement of Proposal also includes options which were discarded, with the reasons why.

You can provide your views on these five options, or provide your own idea, or say if you prefer an option which was not put forward.

Why does the proposal suggest modernising the library?
While the priority is on re-establishing a Central Library, we also are responsible for ensuring the new service can meet the needs of Wellington’s future generations. While providing access to books and other physical and digital collections will continue to be a core service, we can also offer people access new technologies, spaces and services which support life-long learning, connection and community.

How were the five proposed options decided and others discarded?
Each of the options were assessed against a range of factors. They included the building's resilience and safety; how it could support a modern library service over the next 50 or more years; the costs and timeframes; how it connects and enlivens Te Ngākau Civic Precinct and how it may affect the environment.

How can I share my views?

Fill out the online submission below, or download and print the PDF version and post it into the Council for free.

We would like to know what option you prefer, and what factors you valued most in making your decision. Or you can provide an alternative option.

You have until 5pm, Monday 7 September to share your views with us.

Why did we close the Central Library?
New guidelines for concrete buildings, which were developed by the engineering community and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) found the Central Library structure and floor system design posed a high level of potential failure in a significant earthquake, and met 15-20 percent of the National Building Standard. On that basis, the Council’s Chief Executive closed the building to the public on 19 March 2019.

  • CLOSED: This consultation has closed. If you have any questions please email centrallibrarysubmission@wcc.govt.nz

    Have your say
    We want to hear your views on the future of central library building.

    You can provide your views on the five options proposed, or provide your own idea, or say if you prefer an option which was not put forward.

    Why we’re collecting this information
    At the moment, we don’t have a functioning Central Library building. We need your help to work out what to do.

    Tell us what you think by 5pm Monday 7 September 2020.

    Privacy statement - what we do with your personal information 
    All submissions (including names and contact details) are provided in their entirety to Council officers for the purpose of analysing feedback. No contact details will be made public or linked to your submission.
    Your personal information will also be used for the administration of the engagement process, including informing of the outcome of the consultation.
    All information collected will be held by Wellington City Council, 113 The Terrace, Wellington, with submitters having the right to access and correct their personal information. You can read our full privacy statement at wellington.govt.nz/your-council/dealing-with-the-council/privacy-statement

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