Council projects

Devonport Library

We are building a modern library in Devonport to replace the existing library on Windsor Reserve. The new library will:

  • cater to 21st century library and community needs with dedicated teens, children's, fireside lounge and study areas
  • boast reading and study spaces with views out to Windsor Reserve, Victoria Road and the Waitemata Harbour
  • provide a community meeting room with afterhours access for local user groups
  • house after hours externally accessed public toilets which are incorporated into the libary building.

The new design embraces sustainable principles to ensure the library is environmentally friendly, fits into its natural surroundings at Windsor Reserve, and complements other building in the area. 

Construction partners Naylor Love began work on the site in March 2014. The building will be phased, starting with demolition of the old library, preparation of the site, construction of the new building and finally fit-out and bringing back the books. 

The new library is expected to open in February 2015. Thank you for your patience during the construction period.

Devonport library - exterior view.
Architect's impression of Devonport Library from Windsor Reserve – concept only

Devonport Library artist announced

A celebrated New Zealand artist with a childhood connection to Devonport has been selected to create a series of artworks for the new Devonport Library.

Judy Millar, who has represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2011, has been chosen from 85 artists who applied.

Millar’s work is included in notable collections in New Zealand and around the world.

Millar will work on concepts with council’s Arts and Culture team and Athfield Architects.

Judy Millar was brought up on Auckland’s North Shore and has had a long association with the Devonport and Takapuna areas.

Our architectural partners

In January 2013, following a robust proposal and tender process during November and December 2012, Auckland Council announced Athfield Architects Ltd as its architectural partner for this project.

Athfields, an award-winning and internationally-recognised firm, will work with engineering consultants AECOM on the project.

Devonport library - West Elevation.
Architect's impression of Devonport Library – West Elevation

Cultural foundation laid for new library

A moving ceremony to bless the new Devonport Library was carried out in late March, paving the way for construction to start.

Representatives from Ngati Whatua, Ngati Paoa, Ngai Tai and Te Kawerau a Maki laid a mauri stone near where the front entrance of the new building will be.

In Maori custom, the stone represents the essence and life force of the building, and placing it in the earth firmly establishes the library on the site.

John Retimana (Ngati Whatua) lays the mauri stone at the dawn ceremony.

A little bit of history

The old Devonport Library was built in 1953 and has been extended and renovated at various times. It reached the point where it would require significant structural work and is was no longer fit-for-purpose.

In 2006, the former North Shore City Council commenced a project to redevelop the library. Auckland Council commissioned an independent review into alternative locations for the library.

It was found that Windsor Reserve remained the preferred location from a town planning perspective, in addition to a number of other factors.

The library redevelopment is being brought to life by the council and the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.

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