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Libraries affected by COVID-19

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

What's happening to South Library building? Have your say

We're engaging with the community as we explore plans for rebuilding the South Library & customer services building. Have your say!

Gurigeena: Our Home, Somali Art Exhibition: 25 Jun - 31 Jul

Gurigeena: Our Home - Somali Art Exhibition is on at Tūranga from 5 June to 31 July 2022.

Annual Plan changes from 1 July 2022

There are changes to some charges from 1 July 2022. This includes a reduction in holds fee to $2, and an increase in room hire fees.

Rangatahi - Teens

Graphic Novels featuring Mental Health Issues

Graphic novels, comics, and graphic memoirs for tamariki and rangatahi, all featuring characters experiencing mental health issues.

Te Ao Māori

Hakari - Te Ao Hou: A moment in time

Our exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the iconic magazine. In this phase it looks at moments of manaakitanga or care for others..

Tamariki - Kids

School holidays July 2022

Join us for school holiday fun and learning. Enrol now in bookable programmes - some are free. You can also drop in for free activities.

Local history

QUIZ: Parks and gardens

In the heart of winter we start thinking about spring and how lucky we are to be “the garden city”. Try our quiz on local parks and gardens.

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

Mystery fiction reading guide

From historical whodunnits and cosy crime to psychological thrillers and Scandi noir - our guide will help you find your next mystery read.


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