LILAC  - Wellington's lesbian library

Wear your facemask. covid-19.

LILAC is operating under ORANGE protocols just like other libraries.

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.


LILAC's online catalogue

LILAC has a searchable catalogue on TinyCat - try it. Author/title lists are also available for browsing.

New titles in LILAC

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

Art and artists.

Winter Art Exhibition

The current Winter Art Exhibition in the LILAC Lounge features various local lesbian artists working in a variety of media. Two donated works are being sold by silent auction (running for the duration of the exhibition) & some other works are for sale.

Bumper yummy hamper.

Bumper yummy hamper raffle

LILAC is raffling a hamper of goodies with tickets $5 each or three for $10. Drop into LILAC to buy your tickets and pick up some books to read - it's cosy on a cold winter day. Tickets may also be available at some local lesbian gatherings. The raffle will be drawn at our Quiz Night in August.

Make a donation

LILAC welcomes donations of cash and kind. These allow us to keep our collections up to date by buying new titles regularly and assist with the rent. It is crucial, if we are to keep LILAC open as a lesbian library and space, that we raise funds. We are generously funded (for now) by the Arthur & Armstrong Trust but this funding does not cover all our running costs. More on the Donation webpage.

Current book display in LILAC 

The book display at the east end of the room (opposite the door) are a selection of fiction from other places - from Africa, Asia, Latin America, for the August Book Group.

LILAC @ the Coasters dinners

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

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!

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

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