About South Library

Situated beside the Heathcote River, on the corner of Colombo Street and Hunter Terrace, the South Library provides facilities for residents to study, meet friends and chat over coffee, take time out to sit and read, access information, learn technology skills, hold meetings, conduct Council business and for families to share learning and recreation experiences.

Opening hours

South Library and Service Centre

We're engaging with the community as we draw up plans for rebuilding the quake-damaged South Library and customer services building, Te Kete Wānanga o wai Mōkihi, in Beckenham. Find out more.


Novel Café

Monday to Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday, Sunday: 10am - 4pm
phone: 03 332 8200

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Te Kete Wānanga o Wai Mōkihi

About our Māori name

More information about the South Library building

South Christchurch Library Brochure (1.3 Mb PDF)South Christchurch library building was designed by architects Warren and Mahoney, and officially opened on 23 August 2003.


South Library received a supreme award for architecture at the 2004 NZIA awards. This was one of only five supreme awards given. In addition to the supreme award the building was also a winner in the "community and cultural" and the "colour" sections.