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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!

What's on: June, July, and August 2022

Find out what's happening in libraries this winter (June, July, and August 2022).

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

Tūranga - My Book Bag: Cosy Edition

Jun 25th | 9:00am - Jul 8th | 12:00pm
Get cosy with specially selected stack reads chosen just for you! Register & we will email when your bag is ready (Sat 9 to Sun 17 July)

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

New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2022

#ReadNZ at its best: the finalists of the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced.

Local history

Heritage Highlights: As Far As the Eye Can See!

Jun 28th | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join our Local History Librarian for a talk about E Wheeler & Son’s 1881 panorama photographs of Christchurch as seen on Canterbury Stories.

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The Cambridge Companions to Literature & Classics

Books and essays on major authors, periods and genres written by experts for student readers.

Cambridge Companions Online

A series of authoritative guides, written by experts, offering introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods.

Very Short Introductions

Concise, intelligent introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Oxford University Press.


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

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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