Community information

Community information is a focus of libraries. Find out about local organisations, courses, events, and more.


Get involved in your community. Our community information directory CINCH can help you:

  • Find out where you can do yoga;
  • Look for a support group;
  • Find a venue or hall for hire for your event.

CINCH includes:

  • More than 6000 community organisations in the greater Christchurch area, including Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts.
  • Information on organisations including contacts, when and where they meet, and other helpful information such as facilities for hire.

We contact organisations listed on CINCH annually to keep the information up-to-date. You can add your organisation or change your organisation’s information online.

Community events and organisations

Your local library has posters and brochures related to community information and education, and local events.

Promoting your own organisation or event

If you are having an event in Christchurch or the Canterbury region, you can list it on the Christchurch City Council event guide.

If you would like to organise a display for your organisation/community group in any of our libraries you need to contact the library. You will be connected with the person who arranges bookings. Preferred dates and space requirements can be discussed along with options for display boards, plinths and tables.

Many of our libraries have noticeboards and/or places where pamphlets can be left for people to pick up. If your organisation would like to have a display in one of our libraries, check our Displays, noticeboards, and distribution of non-library materials policy.

Local and central government publications and consultation

Local and central government documents are available for consultation at libraries.

Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga has a comprehensive range of central and local government publications including Parliamentary papers, legislation, statistics, official reports, annual plans and annual reports, district schemes and other planning documents.

Customers can access Council, Committee and Community Board meeting agendas and minutes on library computers. Paper copies are no longer available. Find out more on Newsline: Council phasing out printed agendas for trees' sake.

Community and legal advice

Some libraries host Justices of the Peace (JPs), and Citizens Advice Bureau staff to help you with your needs.

A Justice of the Peace can witness signatures and documents, certify document copies, hear oaths, declarations, affidavits or affirmations as well as sign citizenship, sponsorship or rates rebates applications. There is no charge.

Hornby Library has free legal advice sessions on Thursday evening 6.15pm to 8.15pm.

Rooms for hire

Christchurch City Libraries have a number of meeting rooms and public spaces available for use by groups and organisations in the local community. In addition our Learning Centres are designed especially for Christchurch residents and provide excellent facilities; including meeting rooms, computer labs with web-cams and data projectors and video conference facilities.

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