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The Leys Institute

Leys Institute, St Marys Road

Leys Institute, St Marys Road

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The Leys Institute in St Marys Road was opened in 1905 as a free library, reading room, and mechanics’ institute (adult education in mainly technical subjects). For over 100 years it was a cultural focus of the Ponsonby area. Funded by an endowment of William Leys (1850-1899, a bookbinder by trade, and chairman of the local school committee) with an equal contribution by his brother Thomson Leys (1852-1924, editor of the Auckland Star).

It is still part of the Auckland Libraries, and its meeting rooms are used by community groups.

Commemorative Plaque

Commemorative Plaque


  1. Sivinden

    Wonderful architecture – and a lovely blue sky!

  2. Steffi

    What a wonderful photo and I love to see the clear blue sky!

  3. HansHB

    Great pictures!
    I wish you a Happy Friday!

  4. EG Wow, Canada

    I’m jealous of your BLUE sky!

  5. Theanne

    a brilliant blue sky!

  6. Tatjana Parkacheva

    Beautiful architecture.

    Regards and best wishes

  7. Abraham Lincoln

    Reminds me, so much of our Andrew Carnegie whose wealth built many libraries in the USA. He built one in the town where I went to school, Greenville, Ohio and it is still there and still a library but has been added to in remodeling several times. Nice post.

  8. paul

    @Abraham Lincoln: we also have Carnegie Libraries in this country. Liz at Timespanner describes the Onehunga (former) Carnegie Library as one of twelve in New Zealand. See her post :

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