LILAC - Wellington's lesbian library

LILAC (Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre) is Wellington's lending library for women-oriented women - women who form their primary relationships with women. It operates from a room at 187 Willis Street (2nd floor) - see the Location page for a map and bus routes to LILAC.
LILAC is a women-only space, although small children with their mums are okay.

Come in and look around the collection, join or renew your membership.

Out in the Park.

LILAC at Out in the Park

LILAC will have a stall at Out in the Park, Wellington's annual gay and lesbian fair - on Saturday 12th March at Waitangi Park on the Wellington waterfront. We will have information about LILAC, and will be selling second-hand books and white elephant to raise funds. If you have anything to donate that we could sell please email so we can arrange pickup or drop-off - it is really helpful to have the donations before the Fair.

This is our main fundraising event of the year - please support LILAC to help pay the rent and maintain the LILAC Lounge as a vibrant library and events venue for the Wellington lesbian/queer women communities.

New titles in LILAC

Check the new titles page for our latest additions - with links to reviews.

Events at LILAC and beyond

Check the Events page for information about Same Same but Different, New Zealand's first LGBTI Writers' Festival will take place from February 12 to 14, 2016, in Auckland as part of Pride.

The programme for the 2016 Writers Week 2016 in Wellington has been announced and there are some treats in store.

Lesbian full-text resources on the web

Check the page of links to full-text lesbian titles on the internet. Some of them are comtemporary "born digital" works, and others are older, out of copyright, books that have been scanned more....

Art at LILAC

There are original artworks by local lesbian artists on display at LILAC - some for sale.

LILAC @ Coasters dinners

LILAC has a service at the monthly Kapiti Coasters pot-luck dinners - see the Membership page for more information.


LILAC Book club

The LILAC Book Club usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the LILAC Library. Tea and coffee are available and there may be cake. We look forward to meeting some new faces who enjoy reading.

  • next: 24 February, 6.30 - 8.00 pm
  • featuring any book in LILAC that has been made into a movie of TV programme

Stitch & Butch

A weekly craft group, meeting on Mondays at the Lilac Lounge ... more on the events page ... including their yarnbombing!!

LILAC is supported by the Armstrong & Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians