Services for older adults

Discover library services and useful information for older adults.

Older adults using a computer


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

Resources and collections

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


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.

Can be used with standard CD players and computers.
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.
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.
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.


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.


Cover of New Zealand GardenerRBDigital Magazines 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.


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

Family history guide

Our guide to researching your family’s history.

Memory Bags

Memory bags can be beneficial for people with dementia. The memory bags contain a selection of objects chosen to help stimulate the senses and promote reminiscing and discussion.

Reading in Mind

Book scheme for mental health. Suggested reads for maintaining mental wellbeing.

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.
  • Scam Savvy
    Scam Savvy is a digital tool designed to help you and your family avoid scams and stay safe online.

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