Archives collections

The Archives are a rich collection of primary sources for the city’s history. The collection includes the records of local and community organisations and clubs, church archives, genealogical records, business archives, original diaries and manuscripts, as well as the papers of individuals. The material relates to Christchurch, the Canterbury region and the Chatham Islands from 1850 onwards.

Archives and Research collection available to view by appointment

The Christchurch City Libraries Archives and Research collection is housed at Iron Mountain, 311 Dakota Park, 3 George Bellew Road, Russley. Access to view items is available by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 12:30 - 4:30 pm.


Use the form below to enquire about access to an item from our Archives and Research collection.

Please note that there may be limitations placed on some parts of the collection.

How can I find out what is held in the Archives?

Search the Christchurch City Libraries catalogue.

Additions to the Archives

The library welcomes offers of additions to the archives. If you have material documenting aspects of our past or present-day life and are interested in its preservation please contact the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre.

Offers of additions to the archives will be assessed as to whether the material meets the collection criteria of the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre. If the library is not the most appropriate repository for the material, then alternative institutes will be recommended.

Other archives

Archives and research services - availability list of local archives that are open following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

The library has a comprehensive list of links to archives - national and international. Some archives have material that can be viewed online.