Auahatanga – Creative Spaces

Auahatanga - Creative Spaces

Where everyone can learn, make and design.

Our creative and learning spaces welcome everyone. It does not matter if you have just got started, or are reigniting a creative passion. We have some amazing technology available around our Christchurch City Libraries. Find out more about each piece of gear, where you can find it, and how you can use it to help exercise your creativity!

Laser Cutting

A laser cutter provides a fast and accurate way of cutting a variety of materials, such as paper, card, acrylic, wood, laminate and fabric. It works by firing a high-powered carbon dioxide laser through a series of mirrors and a focusing lens to produce a beam that burns very precisely through the media. The laser is controlled by computer numerical control (CNC) which moves the laser head by following a vector design. Create designs using Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer.

Available at South

Vinyl Printing and Cutting

A vinyl cutter contains a very sharp blade that is controlled by a computer. The blade can move precisely to cut shapes out of materials such as paper, card, adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl. Some cutters are integrated into inkjet printers, allowing many more options for printing and cutting designs. Create designs using Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer or Silhouette Studio software.

Available at Tūranga

3D printing

You can design and print 3D designs at Christchurch City Libraries. We have several 3D printers that can be used to make small objects out of plastic.

Sewing, Overlocker, and Embroidery Machines

Construct your own projects from fabric using our sewing machines and overlockers, embellish with stitched designs using the embroidery machine.

Available at New Brighton, South, and Tūranga

Vacuum former

A vacuum former is a machine for creating simple moulds. It uses heat to stretch a sheet of plastic over an object, then uses a vacuum to suck the sheet closely to the object’s surface.

Available at South and Tūranga

Heat Press

A heat press is a large type commercial iron. It has controls for pre-set temperature, time and pressure, making it ideal for the application of heat transfer vinyl to fabric, garments (such as T-shirts) and other media.

Available at New BrightonSouth and Tūranga

Badge Maker

A badge maker allows you to make custom wearable button badges. The badge design can be hand-drawn or designed on a computer using software such as Inkscape, Affinity Designer, or Adobe Illustrator.

Craft Cutter

A Cameo 4 cutter contains a very sharp blade that is controlled by a computer. The blade can move precisely to cut shapes out of materials such as paper, card, adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl.

DTG Direct to Garment Printing

A DTG or Direct to Garment printer allows a digital image (such as a PNG or JPG) to be printed directly onto fabric. It works similarly to an inkjet printer by using ink in cartridges that are especially designed for fabric. The printer prints directly onto the fabric and then using a finisher, heat is applied to the fabric to set the ink. You can create custom t-shirts, hoodies, wall hangings, tote bags, and more.

Available at Aranui and South

What have you made at the library?

We'd love to hear your stories about making stuff at the library, and see your photos - so we can share with the wider community.

FAQ

  • Software available in Computer Lab 1, 4.22 Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4, Tūranga. Your library membership gives you access to Lynda.com which has tutorials on some of the following software. In addition to the software available on all public computers the following software is installed on PCs in Computer Lab 1:

    Animation

    • Adobe Character Animator - 2D Animation
    • Blender - 3D animation
    • Adobe After Effects (including Cinema 4D Lite) - Digital effects and motion graphics, 3D modelling, animation and compositing

    Audio Recording and Editing

    • Adobe Audition - Digital audio workstation
    • Reaper – Digital audio workstation for recording and mixing

    Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design

    • Adobe InDesign - Desktop publishing
    • Adobe Photoshop – Image composition and editing
    • Adobe Illustrator - Illustration and vector graphics
    • Adobe Lightroom Classic - Photo organizer and editor 
    • Affinity Designer: vector graphics editor Adobe Illustrator alternative
    • Affinity Photo: raster graphics editor Adobe Photoshop alternative
    • Affinity Publisher: desktop publishing application Adobe InDesign alternative

    Video Editing

    Other

  • Software available on the computers (iMacs) in the Audio/Video Studio at Tūranga:

    Your library membership gives you access to Lynda.com which has tutorials on some of the following software.

    Animation

    Audio Recording and Editing

    Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design

    Video Editing

    Other

  • Public use library computers have the following software installed:

    • Windows 10
    • Pharos Account Balance: View the balance on your Pharos account.
    • Microsoft Edge: Web browser
    • Internet Explorer: Web browser
    • Firefox: Web browser
    • Google Chrome: Web browser
    • PDF-Xchange: Open, read, create & edit PDF files
    • Adobe Digital Editions: eBook management software
    • OverDrive: eBook and eAudiobook reader
    • Microsoft Office: Suite of programs including word processor, slide-show, spreadsheet and more.
    • Libre Office: Suite of programs including word processor, slide-show, spreadsheet and more.
    • Māori keyboard and dictionary
    • Multiple keyboard languages supported
    • 123D Design*: 3D modelling 
    • Minecraft: You’ll need your own Minecraft subscription to log in
    • SketchUp Make: 3D modelling
    • Gimp: Drawing programme
    • Inkscape: Drawing programme
    • Paint.net: Drawing programme
    • Skype: Internet based phone and video calling
    • iTunes: Music library software.
    • Audacity: Audio editing software.
    • VLC: Multi-format video player.
    • Windows Media Player: Media player for video, audio and images.
    • Notepad++: Text tool for programmes
    • Magnifier: Microsoft screen magnifying software.
    • Narrator: Microsoft light-duty screen reader utility.
    • NVDA: Non Visual Desktop Access: Free, open-source screen reader software
    • Gale Anatomy, Chemistry and Science Viewer: science tutorial software
    • Google Earth: a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery

    *Autodesk stopped supporting 123D in 2016. Because it is no longer developed and supported at some point it will no longer run on newer versions of Windows 10. Therefore we recommend you check out free or trial alternatives to 123D, such as:

    • Onshape Design online, register for a free account, designs are public
    • Tinkercad Free online modelling
    • Fusion 360 Download a trial version on your own computer.

    Learning Centre computers

    The following software applications are used during Learning Centre programmes (i.e. available during organised classes and creative drop-in sessions).

    • Affinity Designer: vector graphics editor Adobe Illustrator alternative
    • Affinity Photo: raster graphics editor Adobe Photoshop alternative
    • Affinity Publisher: desktop publishing application Adobe InDesign alternative
    • Algodoo: physic based 2d sandbox
    • Arduino IDE: coding for Arduino boards
    • Blender: 3D computer graphics
    • Discord – VoIP & chat alternative to Skype
    • Kodu: Games lab
    • Krita – digital painting
    • League of Legends – eSports  
    • MakerbotPrint: 3D printing design
    • mBlock: block-based programming
    • Minecraft Education Edition
    • OBS Studio: Desktop video recording and live streaming software
    • Processing: programming language
    • Scratch desktop editor: programming
    • Sculptris: 3D digital sculpting
    • Shotcut: video editing
    • Silhouette: crafting tool
    • SimplePlanes: 3D sim – build airplanes by snapping parts together
    • SimpleRockets: 3D space sim - build rockets, airplanes, rovers and explore
    • Sonic Pi – code based music creation
    • Twine: interactive book creator

    See also:

Taupuni Oro/Ataata – Audio/Video Studio: Tūranga

The Audio/Video Studio is a place to shoot and edit video, record and edit sound, and to compose, record, and mix sound recordings.

Resources

LinkedIn Learning for Libraries

All the content from Lynda.com, video library of courses and tutorials on software, creative and business skills taught by industry experts.

O'Reilly Books Online

Electronic reference library of technology, digital media, business and management titles. More than 43,000 books and 30,000 hours of video.

Tūranga Tech Expo Sunday 22 May 2pm to 4pm (& Techweek 2022)

Techweek is on from 16 to 22 May. Join us for Sketch at Tūranga Sun 15 May and Tūranga Tech Expo - Sunday 22 May 2pm to 4pm.

Auahatanga - Creative Spaces

There is amazing technology at Christchurch City Libraries. Find out about each piece of gear, where you can find it, & how you can use it.
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