Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch. We have a good range of resources and services on offer for new residents. Christchurch City Libraries has a network of community libraries and a team of helpful librarians.
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Join the library
It is free to join the library.
- Most items are free to borrow
- We generally charge for lost or damaged items
- Identification e.g. passport, driver’s licence
- Proof of Address e.g. bank statement, telephone bill, etc (no more than 30 days old)
- Membership form - this can be filled out in advance
- Books in your language
- Bilingual resources/dictionaries
- English language skills - easy reading novels, grammar, vocabulary and spelling guide books, English dictionaries, language courses - CDs and books, IELTS practice material
- World music
- Study guides for high school
- World languages collections
We have a large number of free electronic resources for you at Christchurch City Libraries. You can use them in libraries or from home with your library card number and PIN/Password.
- Dragonsource - Hundreds of popular Chinese-language eMagazines for online reading. Topics range from business and economics to family, fashion, entertainment, film and travel.
- Mango Languages - Mango is an online language learning system that can help you learn a variety of selected languages. It also contains instructions on how to learn English if Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish is your first language.
- OverDrive - Free downloadable eBook and eAudiobook collection.OverDrive includes a number of eBooks in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Tagalog.
- PressReader - gives you same-day access to more than 2,000 newspapers and over 500 magazines from around the world. Each newspaper and magazine displays as a full page in traditional format and layout, and includes complete editorial content, graphics and advertising. Over 60 languages are represented.
- Road to IELTS: General - Road to IELTS is a course of self-study to help you prepare for the IELTS exam. The General version focuses on basic language survival skills and is aimed at people who plan to do secondary education, work experience or training programs.
- Road to IELTS: Academic - the Academic version of Road to IELTS is for people who want to study at an English-speaking university.
- World Book Discover – useful reference resource with easy-to-read articles for those who are learning English as a second language.
- CINCH: a list of clubs, organisations and education providers around the greater Christchurch area
- Free Internet access
- Access to word processing — other language fonts available
- Events for preschoolers and activities for children and their parents
- Free tuition in use of catalogue, email, Internet searching
- Book a Librarian for a free individual 30 minute session
Read and listen to your language
Our World languages collection has titles in a range of languages and includes books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, eBooks, and titles for children.
- Cook Island Māori (Rarotongan)
Learning to drive
The Road Code is the official guide for learning to drive in New Zealand. It is a high demand item and you may need to go on a waiting list for this. Ask at your nearest library. Most libraries have a copy available for reference. The Road Code is also available online for free.
Local organisations working with newcomers
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