Jobs at Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi

Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi. We are a network of public libraries in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you are passionate about making a difference in your community, then working with us could be perfect for you. All vacancies at Christchurch City Libraries are advertised on the Christchurch City Council jobs website.

Current vacancies

Our recruitment process

The recruitment process for the roles of Library Assistant and Librarian will involve:

  • Telephone screening
  • A short interview
  • An Assessment Centre
  • Testing

Assessment Centres will involve:

  • Role Play
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Group Exercise
  • Individual Prioritisation Exercise
  • Behavioural Interview

Variations of Assessment Centres have been used for Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, and Community Learning Librarian recruitment over the past few years.

Contact us

For enquiries about any of our vacancies, you can contact the Christchurch City Council Recruitment Team on +643 941 8999 during normal business hours or email your query to

Tūranga Volunteer Hosts

Overseas trends indicate an increase in the use of volunteers for non-traditional tasks for the Libraries, Museums and Galleries sector, including front of house, hosting and tours, and facilitating classes/workshop (e.g..conversational English, craft classes, and book clubs).

Tūranga volunteer hosts take tours of the facility lasting between 45 and 60 minutes, with a review following the first year. If these tours are oversubscribed, we will look at extending them and offering more tours, such as an express lunchtime tour. Tours are general in nature and give people an overview of the building and what each floor offers. Other Council facilities such as the Christchurch Art Gallery use volunteers in a similar capacity.

Volunteer programmes encourage a two way dialogue that supports local citizenship and community values that benefit and enhance all concerned. From the volunteer standpoint, it is one way of giving back to the community. Volunteering can provide an individual with opportunities for personal satisfaction, growth, and enrichment.

The volunteers receive extensive training prior to starting, as well as ongoing training. They receive a script for the tour and a list of FAQs.

We want to embed and welcome the volunteers into the daily function of the facility.