Services for older adults

This page links to library services and useful information for older adults.

Older adults using a computer

Our services

Find out how Christchurch City Libraries can support older adults who have difficulty accessing a library.

Our resources and collections

Here are some library resources and collections that you may find of interest.

Audiobooks

Audiobooks are great for tired eyes, travel and relaxing. We have a range of fiction and non-fiction audiobooks, available in a variety of formats.

CD
Can be used with standard CD players and computers.
MP3 CD
A compressed version of a CD, usually comprising one disc only. These can only be used on MP3-compatible CD, DVD, computers, mobile phones, iPods and compatible MP3 players, which are clearly marked.
PlayawayPlayaway
An easy to use audio player ready loaded with up to 80 hours of listening. It can fit in your pocket and go anywhere with you.
eAudiobooks
Download to your home computer and transfer them to a portable device such as an iPod. Avoid late fees as these items self-expire.

Large print

We have a wide range of large print fiction and non-fiction books, as well as large print Reader's Digest magazines.

EBooks

We have three eBook suppliers supplying latest titles as well as back-issues of fiction & non-fiction from all over the world. You need to be a library member and have a password or PIN on your library card.

EMagazines

Cover of New Zealand GardenerZinio for Libraries gives you access to hundreds of popular eMagazines covering a wide range of subjects. We have everything from the Economist to New Zealand Gardener! The eMagazines are replicas of current and print editions. You need to be a library member and have a password or PIN on your library card.

DVDs

Search our catalogue for DVDs with subtitles or captions for the hearing impaired.

Family history guide

Our guide to researching your family’s history.

Lifelong learning and recreation

Find out more about Lifelong learning.

Community connections for adults
These courses at our Learning Centres provide individuals and groups with hands-on skills in using information and communication technologies.
Older people
Search CINCH our community information directory for courses and organisations relevant to older people.
Library events calendar
Browse our calendar for events and classes.
Leisure clubs
Information from Christchurch City Council on recreation for older adults.

Information on ageing

Useful online resources

  • SuperSeniors
    Website run by the Ministry of Social Development and the Office for Senior Citizens to provide information to help you age positively.
  • Older persons' health
    From local health information website HealthInfo, funded by the Canterbury DHB.
  • Ageing
    Our Internet Gateway list of websites related to older people and ageing.
  • Retirement
    Our Internet Gateway list of websites related to retirement.

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