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Libraries affected by COVID-19

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

Armageddon Expo Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 Dec 2022 at Te Pae

Comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, stars, cosplay ... We can help you get your costume sorted! The library will be there at Te Pae.

Art-East: The Art of the Family Recovery Garden: exhibition

Nov 19th | 9:00am - Jan 22nd | 5:00pm
Relax amongst bright and hopeful artworks originally created by Art-East members for The Family Recovery Garden / Te Oranga Rā.

So Many Stories: PlainsFM (9am on first Friday of the month)

Join us on PlainsFM radio to discover what our libraries are all about – connecting people, inspiring discovery, & enriching communities.

Rangatahi - Teens

My Book Bag - Tūranga

Tell us what you like to read and we’ll find some books that we think you’ll enjoy. For ages 12-18 yrs. Book online.

Te Ao Māori

Rangahau-ā-Iwi: Taranaki

Dec 13th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Interested in Iwi history and research? Come along to our Iwi Research event where the focus will be Taranaki Tūturu.

Tamariki - Kids

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes - enjoy stories and rhymes for babies and under 2s at home. - Coming to Akaroa in December!

Local history

Christchurch Memorial RSA Collection

Details of commemorative plaques from the exterior wall of the Christchurch Memorial Returned & Services Association building (74 Armagh St)

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

Personal development reading guide

Want to lead a more healthy, sustainable life, or try new challenges and hobbies? Great reads to help you be your best self.

Featured fiction

Science fiction reading guide

Gazing toward the stars? If you like stories set on alien worlds, inter-species politics, and space travel try our science fiction guide.


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