Games and gaming

Games and Gaming

PlayStation, table football or adventure -  whatever your flavour you can play games at your library and enjoy time with your mates. Enjoy tabletop games like Mahjong, computer games like Minecraft, and more.

Playtest event

CHCH Game Dev Association - Playtest Day!

Dec 3rd | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Christchurch Game Developers Association is running a Playtesting Event this December!

Video games

There are a range of popular video games at libraries for you to play, including Minecraft, FIFA, NBA, LEGO games (Jurassic World, Harry Potter, Ninjago), Rocket League, and Crash Bandicoot.

We have PlayStations (PS4) at the following libraries:

  • Aranui
  • Fendalton
  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
  • Linwood
  • Lyttelton
  • Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
  • New Brighton
  • Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre
  • Parklands
  • Shirley
  • Tūranga
  • Upper Riccarton

There is a PlayStation 5 at Tūranga.

Tabletop games

Rainy nights and winter indoors – perfect for getting the whānau around for a puzzle.

  • Fendalton: Monopoly, Game of Life, Uno, Jenga, and chess.
  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre: Ticket to Ride, Civilisation, Agricola, and Infernal Contraption.
  • Linwood: Chess, draughts, Rummikub, mah-jong, scrabble, Operation, Jenga, Bop it, cards, and reversii.
  • Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre: Cluedo, Scrabble, Rummikub, Chess and checkers, Guess Who, The Dragon game and a pack of playing cards.
  • New Brighton Library: Chess, Jenga, Catan, Exploding Kittens, Carcassonne, Ticket to ride, Yahtzee, Code names, Battleship, and Connect 4.
  • Parklands: Battleships, Guess Who, Yahtzee, MahJong, Cluedo, Skip-Bo, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit.
  • Redwood Library: Scrabble, Uno, 5 Second Rule, Connect Four, Poo, Headbandz and an old collection of classic games. They also have a big snakes and ladders mat and He kupe i kore.
  • Spreydon Library: Mah-jong, Upwords, Scrabble, Scrabble Junior, Uno, Chess, Draughts, cards.
  • Tūranga: 5 Second Rule, Backgammon, Bananagrams, Bohnanza, Buckaroo, Cadoo, Candyland, Carcassonne, Cards, Cars Snap, Castle Ravenloft (DnD), Charades, Chess, Citadels, Codenames, Concept, Connect 4, Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set, Dixit, Dominion, Dominoes, Exploding Kittens, Fairy Tale Fluxx, Forbidden Island, Hanabi, He Kupu I Kore, Hey That’s my Fish!, Jenga, Logo Game, Marvel Trivia, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Pandemic, Pass the Pigs, Paths & Pipes, Rat-a-tat Cat, Saboteur, Scrabble, Set, Settlers of Catan, Sequence, Snakes & Ladders, Story Cubes, Sushi Go!, Taboo, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Roald Dahl’s Top Trumps, Tsuro, Uno, Unstable Unicorns, Upwords, Word Grab.

There are scrabble clubs at Linwood, New Brighton, Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre, Parklands, Shirley, South, and Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

If you want to play cards at the library, there are rummikub and card clubs.

Magic: The Gathering for 8 to 18 year olds takes place at Shirley Library on the first Saturday of the month.

Jigsaws are available for exchange at most libraries, but you can also work on them on tables in the library - there is often one set out ready to use.

Tākaro - Games

Explore Māori games.



Ngā Kōrero Auaha - Creative Stories: Podcast series

Ngā Kōrero Auaha - Creative Stories is a Christchurch City Libraries podcast series highlighting events and stories from our community.

CHCH Game Dev Association - Playtest Day!

Dec 3rd | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Christchurch Game Developers Association is running a Playtesting Event this December!

Thursday takeover

Thursdays, 4-5.30pm
PS4s, board games, crafts and more. Make the Youth Space your space on Thursday afternoons. Drop-in, for ages 12-18.

Libraries keeping pace with changing face of sport

There was great enthusiasm from a group of young Esports players who got to unbox & try out new keyboard & mice at Upper Riccarton Library.

Gaming books, streaming video, and more

Explore books and resources about gaming in our collection.

Games and Gaming Resources


Get your block on and play Minecraft at the library.

We also have Minecraft Clubs for ages 6 to 13. Get creative, start crafting! Build imaginative worlds and battle nocturnal creatures. A tutor will be on hand to supervise and assist. Book a place in these popular clubs by phoning (03) 9417923 or emailling



Foosball (Table Football)

Get your soccer skills up without getting your boots muddy with a foosball challenge. There are foosball (table football) tables at Tūranga and New Brighton Library.

Games and fun for kids

We have computers for kids to play on at all of our branches except Diamond Harbour, Little River, Mobile Library, Parklands, and Tūranga. They feature websites and games for fun and learning. Tūranga has a Ricoh screen and Quiver fish for kids to play with.

CINCH Community Information Christchurch

CINCH (Community Information Christchurch) lists indoor games clubs if you'd like to join. Try looking for:

CINCH (Community Information Christchurch)

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