New Central Library – Tūranga

The new Central Library on the corner of Gloucester Street and Cathedral Square, called "Tūranga", is due to open in 2018.

Exterior, view from Gloucester Street side (north east corner of building)

Watch time lapse video of the new Central Library building under construction.

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.

Read Christchurch City Council's information on the new Central Library rebuild.