LILAC (Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre) is Wellington's lending library for women whose primary relationships are with women.
LILAC operates from a room at 187 Willis Street (2nd floor) - see the Location page for a map and bus routes to LILAC. There is flat access from the street and a lift to the 2nd floor.
Come in and look around the collection, join or renew your membership.
LILAC is a women-only space, although small children with their mums are okay.
New titles in LILAC
Check the new titles page for our latest additions - with links to reviews.
Current book display in LILAC
The book display at the east end of the room (opposite the door) is classic lesbian fiction and poetry first published before 1950 - see the list on the pre 1950s catalogue page.
Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words
Aotearoa’s only LGBTQI+ literary festival, Same Same but Different, has a special online winter talk series on Fri 24 July 2020 - Sun 26 July. Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words pairs up fascinating writers for five fantastic online conversations. The sessions are all FREE and being held thanks to the support of Creative NZ. Browse the programme and register for talks.
The Writing Workshop at 2pm on Saturday 25 July with Renée and Joanne Drayton looks interesting. It will be hosted by Gina Cole, an award-winning poet and fiction writer ... but all the sessions look good.
Exhibition: Out in the Women's Weeklies
Examples from Sue's clippings collection, spanning early 1983 to December 2013, are on display at LILAC. Come in and browse these samples of the ways in which Lesbians were portrayed in the "straight" print media, mainly in popular magazines. Some stories are outrageous, others more modest. You'll be sure to find a snippet or several that resonate with your own experiences.
LILAC @ the Coasters dinners
LILAC has a service at the monthly Kapiti Coasters pot-luck dinners - see the Membership page for more information.
Interviews with authors
The Interviews with authors section on our Web links page has links to interviews with authors, audio, video and text.
Sue's clippings files
LILAC volunteer Sue collects articles from (mainstream) magazines and newspapers about lesbians, fliers for events, and the like. She welcomes contributions from sources she may not usually see.
There is a pink folder at LILAC containing a sample of the clippings - the contents are changed monthly. Check it out when you visit the library ... you'll be amazed at what turns up in women's magazines these days!