Lyttelton Library is closed for improvements and is scheduled to re-open 10am Saturday 18 March

Aroha mai. We are extending Lyttelton’s closure due to a delay in resources and materials. Lyttelton Library will re-open at 10am on Saturday 18 March. Customer Services will resume at 10am on Monday 20 March.

When will the work take place and how long will the facility be closed for?

Lyttelton Library is closing for improvements. The Library is scheduled to reopen at 10am Saturday 18 March 2023.
The Council Customer Services Desk services in the same building will also be closed and will reopen at 10am Monday 20 March 2023. 

Will library services be available anywhere temporarily?

Because Lyttelton Library will be closed for a relatively short time, we won’t set up temporary library facilities in the area. The nearest alternative libraries are Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, Linwood Library and South Library. The Mobile Library will be visiting a couple of times each week over the period of the temporary closure.

The Mobile times at Lyttelton are as follows:

  • Tuesday               10.30am -11.30am
  • Friday                    3.30pm - 4.30pm (no mobile stop on Friday 10 March)

Where is the closest alternative Council Customer Services Desk located?

The closest face to face Council Customer Services Desk is located in the Linwood Library, located inside the Eastgate Mall.  Contact hours and location of this facility is below:

  • Council Customer Services Desk
  •  First Floor, Eastgate Mall, Buckleys Road, Christchurch 8062
  • Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Alternatively, customers can contact the Council Customer Service Team 24/7 on 03 941 8999 (0800 800 169)

Can I still return my books to Lyttelton Library?

Items cannot be returned to Lyttelton Library while it’s closed, but all Christchurch City Libraries items may be returned to any of our libraries around the city and Banks Peninsula.

Where can I pick up my holds?

From Monday 20 February, any hold items you’ve requested to be collected from Lyttelton Library will be made available at South Library instead, unless another location is requested. Please contact the library to arrange this. Phone +64 3 941 7923 between the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am to 5pm

Or contact us by email at

Can I still use the free wi-fi?

Yes, the wi-fi will continue to work. Free wi-fi is also available at other Christchurch City Libraries.

What will happen to the books and staff while we are closed?

All items will be unavailable to the library network. Library staff will be temporarily reassigned to other Christchurch City Libraries.

I am an Agreed Support library customer – where can I pick up my library items?

All Agreed Support customers will be notified and individual arrangements put in place.

What does the refurbishment entail?

The current boiler at Lyttelton Library needs to be replaced. It is old, unreliable and expensive to run. Work to decommission the boiler and remove the chimney starts on Monday 13 February, but won't impact visitors until Monday 20 February, when the building will close to allow the HVAC and ducts to be installed and the existing radiant heaters to be removed.