Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch City Libraries. 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.
Join the library. It's free!
Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi - join online now.
Read (and listen) in your language
Read books, newspapers and magazines in languages from all over the world, and watch movies too.
We have online resources as well as titles to borrow and take home. For a full list of languages available see our World Languages Collections page.
World Languages Collection
Read in your language with OverDrive
PressReader: Newspapers from around the world
Streaming Video, DVDs, and Music
Enjoy world cinema with Kanopy
Naxos Music Library World
Access Video - Simple English Series
Come along to events and activities at your library.
Japan Fiesta: Sunday 19 March 2023
Lunch at Durga Puja: Picturing Canterbury
Baptism of Senait: Picturing Canterbury
Festivals, holidays, anniversaries, and special days
Events: Find out what's on at the library
Wā Pēpi: Babytimes and Wā Kōrero: Storytimes
English Conversation Clubs & ESOL Book Discussion Groups
Mobile Discovery WallMar 29 | All day
Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace ExhibitionMar 29 | All day
Casebrook Intermediate School ArtworkMar 29 | All day
Next Door Neighbours by Hugh Barwick and Ian CocksMar 29 | All day
Citizens Advice BureauMar 29th | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Useful resources and information to help you get things done.
Justices of the Peace (JPs)
CINCH Community Information Christchurch
Citizens Advice Bureau
Meeting rooms and bookable spaces in libraries
Book clubs and reading groups
Special interest book clubs and groups
Some book clubs and groups are tailored to a particular audience or subject. Check our events calendar for:
Book clubs in languages other than English
Borrow English language courses, grammar titles, or books in simple English to help you learn or access online resources focused on improving your English skills.
Learning English eResources
Clear Pronunciation 2 Speech
Road to IELTS: General
Clear Pronunciation Sounds
Road to IELTS: Academic
In the catalogue: Learning English
English-Chinese Bilingual Family Literacy - School Starters
Local organisations working with newcomers
Search CINCH Community Information Christchurch for:
Learning to drive
The Road Code is the official guide for learning to drive in New Zealand. You can borrow a copy from the library, and most libraries have a copy available for reference. The Road Code is also available online for free.
Read blog posts about cultural events and activities.