Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre opened on Saturday 22 July 2017 on the site of the former Bishopdale Creche in Bishopdale Mall.
The new facility includes a combined library and community hall joined by an atrium in the 800 square metre single-storey building. The main hall divides into two separate spaces which can be combined to give greater flexibility. Both areas open to a deck and have access to a kitchen. A meeting space can be booked by community groups and can be used after hours when the library is closed. The adjacent library includes a 330 square metre collection space and can also open out to a deck.
Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre's name
Ōrauwhata means “the place of the multitude of eels”. This name is a reflection of the area before it was planted and developed by the Bishop family in the 19th century, when it held whata (eels) in water basins formed during flooding by frequent overflow from the Waimairi River.
The previous Bishopdale Library building had the Māori name Te Kete Wānanga o Papa Kōhatu.
Listen to the Māori name [147KB MP3]
- Services available at all Christchurch City Libraries
- Christchurch City Libraries events calendar
- Large hall and meeting room for hire
- Free wireless internet access
- 6 public computers offering free internet access (30 minute time limit)
- 2 Self service kiosks
- 2 Self return pads
- 1 Childrens games PC
- Playstation 4
- Scan to USB
- Disabled access provided
- Parking at Bishopdale Shopping Centre - including disabled
Construction of the new Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre
View photos from the opening day on Flickr:
- Library opening heralds start of new chapter Newsline, Saturday 22 July
- Bishopdale Library and Community Centre to open in July Newsline, Wednesday 26 April 2017
- Bishopdale Library and Community Centre rebuild information from Christchurch City Council
- Construction begins on Bishopdale library, community centre, Newsline, Monday 25 July 2016