New Zealand Law Society - Wellington High Court Library guide

Wellington High Court Library guide

Under Alert Level 2 hours for the Wellington Library are 8.30am to 5.00pm. Access is by swipe card only or by arrangement.

Here is a more detailed guide to the Wellington Library. (For a quick view of all NZLS Library services see our Using the library section)

Location and access

The Wellington Library is located in the Wellington High Court building, Kate Sheppard Place entrance. (location map).

We are staffed 8.30am–5.00pm Mon–Fri.

Access from Kate Sheppard Place is available 8.30am–5.00pm Mon–Fri, and after-hours access via the same door is also available outside those hours with a door access card.

Apply for a door card by filling in this application form and emailing it to

After-hours (including weekends) the lights and air conditioning may be switched off. To turn on the lights and to start the air conditioning turn on the switches to the right of door on entering, clockwise. The air conditioning will run for three hours.


All library content, and its location, can be found in the Library catalogue on the computers.

Contents pages of the latest journals and new books are displayed by the stairs.

The Library is divided into two main sections

  • Level one - Textbooks, Journals, NZ material, Australian, Pacific and Canadian material
  • Level two - NZ Parliamentary material, UK material and superseded material

Closed Reserve material is shelved in the Library workroom and will need to be signed for.

Use the library catalogue to find journals and reports by title; it gives the bay number for each one.

The Library uses the Moys classification system the numbering will generally start with KL (Common Law - General), KM (Common Law - public law) or KN (Private law). A set of numbers follows the letters to indicate specific subject areas. To help you locate subject areas within the textbooks, a list of the associated numbers is attached to the end of each row of shelves, as is a list of books on Reserve.

The Law Society Library also has an extensive online collection of databases, some of which are only available from the Wellington High Court location. Four computers are available for practitioners to use to access these databases.

A comprehensive internal map of the library is available showing where specific materials and facilities are located

Printing / Copying

The Library has three photocopiers/printers available for use. Instructions on how to use these are located by the photocopiers.

WiFi access

Free WiFi is available in the Wellington Library. A PIN is required to access the WiFi network. If you require a PIN, fill in this application form and send it to

The Library's subscription databases (LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters and CCH) can be accessed via WiFi and PDFs can be saved to your laptop. However printing via WiFi is not currently available.

Gown hire

Gowns for Court use can be hired from the Library daily or for extended periods (25% discount for more than 10 working days). We advise booking in advance.


Full length lockers can be hired for any time period but are commonly taken on a long term basis. The annual cost is $150.00 plus GST. Our normal billing period is 1 January to 31 December in each year. The lockers are situated in the robing room next to the toilets.

Work areas and study carrels

There are many desks located around the Library, and power points are available at wall seats.

The Library also has six small rooms (carrels) available for use. These provide extra privacy and a place for quiet discussion and are situated by the Australian collection.

Lounge / Kitchen

The Library has a lounge available for practitioners use. It has a small kitchen which has tea and coffee making facilities. Additionally there is a microwave, toaster and fridge.

The furniture in the room includes tables, chairs and a lounge suite.

The Dominion Post is provided from Monday to Friday.


If you don't have the time to come into the Library, then use our research service.

We can quickly provide copies of cases, articles or legislation, and our experienced legal researchers can carry out efficient and thorough research on any legal subject.

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