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Summertime Reading Challenge

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

After School Activity Zones and Bookable Programmes

Join us for after school fun and learning. Join one of our Bookable Programmes or drop in to a free activity zone.

Justices of the Peace (JPs)

Justices of the Peace are in regular attendance at some of our libraries. Find out where and when.

Humans of Christchurch Ōtautahi Exhibition (until 12 March)

A collection of stories & photos celebrating everyday heroes will be on display at Tūranga’s Te Pito Huarewa Southbase Gallery this summer.

Tamariki - Kids

School holidays

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

Rangatahi - Teens

Local history

QUIZ: Ridiculous and random recipes and recommendations

We explore "interesting" homemaking and healthcare hints of yesteryear. Do you know all the uses for a lemon?

Te Ao Māori

Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi

An agreement made between Māori and the British Crown in 1840, it is New Zealand’s founding document. Read our backgrounder to the Treaty.

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

World and travel reading guide

Be transported. Find reads that take you to exotic cities, feast on the foods of a foreign culture, or be inspired by real life adventurers.

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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