Lift upgrade

The Central Library will need to close temporarily for two weeks between Sunday 17 October - Sunday 31 October to allow for an upgrade of the passenger lift. 

The Central Library will be closed for demolition work on lifts which will have excessive noise levels. We are closing the library as prolonged exposure to hazardous noise levels can have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers. 

The passenger lift will not be available when Central Library opens after the closure, as the closing period covers the demolition phase of the renewal work only. However, customers will be able to use the staff lift until the upgrade is completed. 

The staircase leading up from the stadium area remains our main stairs, with other stairs around the edges of the building available for emergency evacuation.

There is a staff lift which will become available for customers to use. An operator will be available in the lift. Please ask a staff member to help you if you need any assistance. 

The lift is outdated and needs to be replaced. This renewal will enhance the lift's operation, reliability, and accessibility. 

Hamilton’s five other libraries will remain open.

Hamilton City Libraries will also continue running the Click and Collect service during the two weeks. Through this service, the team will pack up to 10 books for customers to collect from Hamilton’s five other libraries.

The after-hours return slot will be closed during the lift upgrade. Customers will be able to return and borrow books at other library branches.

The holds pick-up service will not be available at Central Library during the closure. This will resume once the library reopens.

If you have holds on items and your pickup location is Central Library, we recommend you change it to another library until Central Library reopens. That way, if your book becomes available during the closure, you will be able to collect it straight away.

You can change the pickup library (as well as edit, suspend, or cancel your holds) online. Log into your account and click on the Holds tab. From there, select the holds you wish to edit, and click Edit Pickup Location(s) to choose another library.

You can also edit your holds using the Hamilton City Libraries app.

During the closure, there will be no library staff on-site due to the excessive noise levels of the demolition work. This means that items showing in the catalogue as “Available” at Central Library cannot be transported to your preferred branch and won’t be available until the library re-opens.