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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 from Sun 10 Oct.

Tamariki - Kids

Dice day celebration

Nov 29th | 9:00am - Dec 4th | 4:00pm
We celebrate dice in the lead up to International Dice Day on Saturday 4 December. Make cardboard dice, see our dice display, and more!

Rangatahi - Teens

Christchurch Hip Hop Summit - Thurs 9 to Sat 11 Dec 2021

The inaugural Christchurch Hip Hop Summit is presented by YCD (Youth and Cultural Development). Find out more about this awesome event.

Local history

QUIZ: Canterbury Show Day / Canterbury Anniversary

Our November quiz looks at Christchurch Show Day and Canterbury’s official anniversary. Test your knowledge of the annual show.


Best of 2021

Staff picks for the best of 2021 - tell us yours and go in the draw to win one of two great NZ books.

Christmas and New Year holiday hours 2021 / 2022

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou. Check our opening hours this Christmas and New Year.

Libraries are now open: COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Information on how libraries are operating at Alert Level 2.

Diamond Harbour Library closed for refurb 21 Nov-5 Dec

Diamond Harbour Library on Waipapa Avenue is closed for two weeks for refurbishment.


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

Featured non-fiction

Arts and literature reading guide

Find fun reads that shed light on your favourite music, theatre or literature. Reads that inform and entertain just like great works of art.

Featured fiction

New Zealand fiction reading guide

Discover fiction by New Zealand authors in a range of genres with our recommended author and novel lists.


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