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Library fines are on the way out!

Christchurch City Councillors voted to take away charges for overdue items and wipe all historical debt from 1 March 2022.

Summertime Reading Challenge

Kids and Teens - ages 0 to 18 - tell us about your summer reads in three words and be in to win!

Lunar New Year 2022 - Year of the Tiger

Join us for music, performances, stories, after school fun, and more as we celebrate Lunar New Year from 27 January to 15 February.

Ready Reads - Click and Collect

Some of our libraries are trialling a service where you can click and collect library items. You can fill out a form to request 5 books.

Tamariki - Kids

Celebrate International LEGO Day & Brick your Book

Enter the Brick your Book comp Fri 21 Jan to Mon 31 Jan 2022. Come along to mini library Imagination Stations, & the big one at Tūranga.

Te Ao Māori

Whakaata mai te Kūkūwai - Reflections from the Wetlands

Whakaata mai te Kūkūwai – Reflections from the Wetlands exhibition is on at Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery, Tūranga until 7 Feb 2022.

Rangatahi - Teens

Teen Scene newsletter

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

Local history

Beginner's Guide to Local History 6 week course

Feb 16th | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Explore the gems in our collection, including archives, maps, thousands of images, digitised diaries and more. $15 plus booking fee.

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

True crime reading guide

Truth can be stranger than fiction and just as gripping - read tales of murder, investigations, trials, and the wrongfully imprisoned.

Featured fiction

Adventure fiction reading guide

Go on a mission full of suspense and action, loaded with obstacles and dangers - our guide will help you find your next adventure read.


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