The new Wellsford War Memorial Library will be a purpose-built public library for the local community. It is being built in the War Memorial Park in Wellsford, adjacent to the Albertland and Districts Museum.
The new library development will include an upgraded and expanded car park for both the library and the museum and relocation of the helipad. The plaza that will connect the two buildings is designed as an entry court for both library and museum, and will be an attractive open space.
The park’s war memorial gates and flagpole will be repositioned in the plaza, giving a generous setting for ANZAC day commemorations.
Local artists from Te Hana are working with the project team to integrate artworks and design elements into the building that reflect Wellsford’s historic connection with the Kaipara Harbour.
The future use of the original library building has not yet been decided.
New servicesOnce complete, the new library will be five times the size of the existing library, and will offer more space for reading, study, events like story time for children and book groups for adults, meeting space and room for more book collections.
It will have dedicated areas for children, teenagers and adults; space where digital media can be watched, listened to and enjoyed; enough room for growing library collections and a public meeting room. WiFi and more public computers will also be available.