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Birkenhead Library

Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead
Ph. (09) 486-8559
P.O. Box 34-370, Birkenhead

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September 2007.

Plans for the new library and civic centre are about to take a positive step forward following the decision of the Environment Court to uphold the plan change on Nell Fisher Reserve, enabling the reserve to be used for the new building.

The Community Services and Parks Committee has approved a building of up to nine metres in height for the Birkenhead Library & Civic Centre to be progressed to the preliminary design stage.

The Architecture Office will now work on the design which will be limited to a prescribed footprint on the site as determined by the Environment Court. The building will be smaller than the original design but will provide a very attractive combined library and community services space that the community has been waiting for.

It is expected that the preliminary design will be progressed over the next few months.

Thank you all for supporting the library and civic centre project which is now underway again. The big celebration will be when we dig the first hole.

Sharron Cleghorn.
Birkenhead Library Project Manager,

Temporary Premises

Birkenhead Library is currently based at the Birkenhead Leisure Centre, Mahara Ave., Birkenhead. Mahara Ave is off the Highbury By-pass. The library is in the back of the gym area on the ground floor. Entry is through the front of the Leisure Centre [Picture Available].

A lift is available in the entry foyer of the building for disabled access.

There is general parking available outside the Leisure Centre and angle parking in John Court St. outside the War Memorial Park.

All library services will continue as normal. We look forward to seeing you at our temporary site.

Free Bus Service

A free bus service runs every Wednesday morning between the temporary Birkenhead Library in Mahara Avenue and the ASB bus stop in Highbury.

ASB stop, Highbury via the bypass

Mahara Ave via Mokoia Rd to ASB stop

10.00 AM
10.30 AM
11.00 AM

10.25 AM
10.55 AM
11.55 AM


Temporary Library Hours

* Please note there is no late night.

Open Close
9.00 5.30
9.00 5.30
9.00 5.30
9.00 5.30
9.00 5.30
9.30 4.00
9.30 4.00



The new Birkenhead Library and Civic Building is to be built on the corner of Hinemoa St and Rawene St, next to the Nell Fisher Reserve. This is due for completion in late 2007. Temporary library services are operating from the Birkenhead Leisure Centre, Mahara Ave., Birkenhead.

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Birkenhead Library was first opened in 1949 and housed the Birkenhead Area Office and Citizens Advice Bureau. The library is home to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery Archives dating back to the late 19th century. Please contact the Birkenhead Library for more information.

Also try Birkenhead Library Collections and Services.



30 minute programme for preschoolers -
action songs, rhymes, stories, fingerplays, and music!!!

Free - All welcome, especially babies and toddlers.

Click here for our timetable...



Contact us at Birkenhead Library, or via our North Shore City Actionline, ph 486-8460.

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