LILAC  - Wellington's lesbian library

LILAC & Covid-19   Covid-19 virus.

LILAC library is closed for the duration of the lock down, and we are moving events online. More info coming soon ...

LILAC (Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre) is Wellington's lending library for women whose primary relationships are with women ... more


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.

Exhibition: Out in the Women's Weeklies

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.

New titles in LILAC

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

LILAC newsletter

The November 2019, December 2019 and February 2020 newletters are now online.

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!

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

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