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Libraries affected by COVID-19

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

National Poetry Day Fri 26 Aug & poetry at WORD Christchurch

Find out what's on for National Poetry Day, and the poetry events at WORD Christchurch Festival 2022.

WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

WORD - Ōtautahi's own literary festival - is on from Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September. Explore featured writers & festival info.

Ngā Kōrero Auaha – Creative Stories

We talk to creators who have made things happen with Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi.

Rangatahi - Teens

Make it, say it, do it now: WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

Sep 4th | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
A mashup of free workshops, stalls & creative crafts. If you’re under 25 & into making meaning, register on the WORD Chch website.

Te Ao Māori

Pou Kohikohinga in Residence

Aug 18th | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Want to ask about the Māori collection? Kaupapa Māori research? Want help with your whakapapa? Māori Collection Specialists can help!

Tamariki - Kids

New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2022

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

Local history

QUIZ: Family connections

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of some of our more well-known New Zealand and Christchurch family names.

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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

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

Historical fiction reading guide

Recommended titles and authors for readers who love royal intrigue, fans of sagas, or those gripped by the action in historical adventure.


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