Services for older adults

Services for older adults

Campfire - Stories Read Aloud for Adults

Tune in during lockdown to hear stories read a chapter at a time. Campfire is for our older adult community, in collab with Age Concern.

Discover library services and useful information for older adults.

Audiobooks and eAudiobooks

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.


Streaming Video

eResources: Streaming video

Access Video

World-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos on every known subject.


Beamafilm is a streaming platform that has a curated collection of international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus.


On-demand streaming video service with a large collection of award-winning independent, international and classic films, and documentaries.

New Zealand Geographic Archive

Over 600 in-depth features about natural history and culture. Includes NZGeo TV which contains hundreds of hours of natural history video.




RBDigital 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.


Large Print

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

Large Print


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.


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

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.

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.

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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