Tūranga (New Central Library)

Tūranga opening - Friday 12 October 1pm

Tūranga, your central library, opens on Friday 12 October, and to celebrate, we’re making it a ‘long weekend’ of wonder.

Take a special walk-through all five floors with their welcoming, varied spaces and cutting-edge technology, including virtual reality experiences, 3D printers, and New Zealand’s largest digital touch-screen, the Discovery Wall. 

Along your journey, take in Tūranga’s special design features and the wonderful cultural art on display throughout the building.

On Friday and Saturday, The Breeze and More FM will be on-site to amp up the entertainment with special activities, giveaways and, of course, great music! 

Tūranga's very own Foundation café, as well as the food trucks, will be on-hand to satisfy your cravings. It’s going to be busy, so make sure to plan your visit ahead of time.

Tūranga (new central library) construction
Tūranga, Southbase Construction, 7 August 2018. Flickr New-Central-2018-08-07-026 Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography.

Opening hours

Tūranga will open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (the Ground Floor will be open earlier at 8am), weekend hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Getting to Tūranga - Parking and accessibility

By private car

Christchurch City Council’s interactive Car Park Map lists more than 4300 car parks in the central city: 1713 on the street and 2925 in car park buildings. These include:

  • On-street parking (free): Customers wanting to make a quick visit to Tūranga (to drop off passengers or return their library books) will be able to use seven ‘P5 Loading Zone’ spaces several metres south of the library in Cathedral Square and two ‘P5’ spaces directly outside the library on Gloucester Street.
  • On-street parking (paid): Approximately 11 metered parking spaces will be located directly across Gloucester Street, opposite the library.  There are metered on-street parks within a 5-10 minute walk to Tūranga.
  • On-street mobility parking: There will be four ‘P120’ mobility parking spaces immediately outside Tūranga. These will be located directly to the north of the library on Gloucester Street (2 spaces) and directly to the west of the library on Colombo Street (2 spaces). View a map of Christchurch’s approved mobility parks.
  • Off-street car parking (paid and free): The nearest off-street public car parks are located at 158 Hereford Street and 105 Worcester Street.  Further afield, the Art Gallery and Lichfield Street car parks both offer one hour free parking until 31 January 2019.

By bus

  • The Bus Interchange is approximately 600 metres from Türanga. 
  • Metroinfo shows which buses stop near Tūranga.
  • The Manchester St Super Stop is approximately 350 metres from Tūranga.

By bicycle

  • A large number of bike stands will be located outside both the south (library plaza on Cathedral Square) and north (Gloucester Street) entrances to Tūranga.

Christchurch City Council worked with input from Barrier Free, Be Accessible, the Disability Advisory Group (DAG), and Smile Dial in order to ensure the building is accessible to all users. 


Tūranga will be a cultural hub for Christchurch and an important civic space that attracts people back into the central city.

It will:

  • be the place to go to read, learn, study, swap ideas, do research, try new technology and socialise.
  • offer easy access to lending and reference material, digital resources, and local, heritage and special collections.
  • provide a wide range of programmes, events, exhibitions and experiences for all people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • support the wider Christchurch library network of 19 community, mobile and digital libraries.

Tūranga will have the books from our temporary libraries Central Library Manchester and Central Library Peterborough, and more. As the flagship of the city’s libraries network, Tūranga will retain the largest print collection while showcasing and celebrating Christchurch and Canterbury heritage and taonga, telling people’s unique stories locally, nationally and globally.

Read Christchurch City Council's information on Tūranga, and subscribe to the Tūranga newsletter.