- Services available at all Christchurch City Libraries
- Book a librarian one on one sessions
- Free wireless internet access
- Public internet access computers:
- 20 public PCs
- 16 free internet PCs
- 1 family history PC
- 3 children’s PCs
- 30 Learning Centre PCs
- Printing and photocopying
- Scan to USB
- Events at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
- View photos of the library on Flickr
- Library collections
- Total library collection size: 45,000 items
- World languages collection books in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
- A small selection of jigsaws available to customers
- Stories to Go
Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre includes two large venues catering for up to 450 people (300 in one space and 150 in the other), a medium-sized space for up to 40 people and four smaller meeting rooms. Kitchen and function centre facilities are included.
All spaces are bookable and available to the public and community groups.
Bookings and enquiries about the spaces for hire can be made by calling the Christchurch City Council on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 or using this online form.
Find out more about the meeting rooms and pricing.
- Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
- Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 4pm
- Parking: outside library, with disabled access
- Bikestands outside library
Te Hāpua Halswell Summer Pool
The Te Hāpua Halswell Summer Pool is open until Sunday 26 March 2017.
Facts and Figures
Estimated number of library items borrowed per annum - 275,152
Estimated number of public computer use sessions per annum - 66,000
Estimated number of users in the library per annum - 312,293
Te Kete Wānanga o Ōtūmatua
How Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre got its name
Information from the May 2015 newsletter.
In a competition run from December 2014 to January 2015, Christchurch City Council received 162 valid suggestions. A panel of Council staff and rūnanga sorted through the entries and selected six finalists, which were voted on by the public with 766 votes between them. The winning suggestion was “The Halswell Centre”.
Throughout the naming process, the Council consulted with Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd (MKT) and the two local rūnanga on a te reo Māori name for the facility to complement the competition name winner and reflect the local area. The consensus was for Te Hāpua, which roughly translates to “the lagoons”. This refers to the outdoor pool, as well as the location of the complex alongside Te Tauawa-a-Maka/Nottingham Stream, an upper tributary of the Huritini/Halswell River. This is in turn an important source of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), which is very important to rūnanga.