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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

Best Books of 2021 for Kids & Teens

Our selectors pick the best reads of the year for tamariki and rangatahi.

Rangatahi - Teens

Best of 2021: Young Adult

A selection of recommended titles for young adults added to Christchurch City Libraries in 2021.

Local history

Photo Hunt 2021 – People and Place: our stories revealed

Views of Christchurch as you've never seen it - congratulations to the winners and highly commended entries in this year's Photo Hunt.


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.

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.

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.

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

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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