LILAC  - Wellington's lesbian library

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.

Open day at LILAC

LILAC is holding an Open Day on Saturday 2nd March 11am-2pm to coincide with the Wellington Pride Festival.
We will feature a display of historical Wellington lesbian photos to mark LILAC's 30th anniversary in 2024.

This is a good opportunity for women who are interested in joining LILAC to drop in, have a look around and chat with collective members. Light refreshments will be available.

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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.

Renée - Photo: Claudia Latisnere

Author and playwright Renée has died

The self-described "lesbian feminist with socialist working-class ideals" died in December aged 94. More on the Memoriam page. LILAC has copies of her plays, novels and other works; they are on display at the east end of the room. She is the author featured in LILAC's March Book Group.

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 assists 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 Donations page.

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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