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Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - Monday 26 September

All our libraries will be closed Monday 26 September for a one-off national public holiday Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day.

Local elections - on until 12noon Saturday 8 October

Take a stand for your future. Find out everything you need to know about voting. You can return votes to libraries during opening hours.

Papanui closed for refurbishment until Monday 31 October

The popular Papanui Library is closed for 6 weeks for refurbishment & a change of layout. NZ Post & Customer Service Desk will stay open.

Libraries affected by COVID-19

Check for the latest information on changes in opening hours or closures.

Rangatahi - Teens

Teen Scene newsletter

Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.

Te Ao Māori

Bilingual Story Cards

Ignite imagination and improve literacy with our bilingual story cards for tamariki. Available at libraries for $19 from Monday 12 September

Tamariki - Kids

School holidays October 2022

School holiday fun and learning. Bookings are open now for our bookable programmes, some are free. You can also drop in for free activities.

Local history

Christchurch Heritage Festival - 7 to 24 October 2022

Explore the interesting and fun local history events, exhibitions, and activities on at the Christchurch Heritage Festival.

The library subscribes to eResources so that you can access them for free. All you need is your library card number and password / PIN.



Explore our recommended reading in fiction and non-fiction: literary prizes, WORD Christchurch literary events, new titles, booklists, and more.

Featured non-fiction

Popular science reading guide

Popular science takes science and makes it engaging and interesting to read. We recommend some great popular science titles and authors.

Featured fiction

General fiction reading guide

Whether you prefer books that are lighthearted or serious, literary or more down to earth our reading guide can help you find your next read


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