New Central Library

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

New Central Library / Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi at night time

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

The new Central Library 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.