Tūranga opening - Friday 12 October 1pm
Tūranga, your central library, opens on Friday 12 October, and to celebrate, we’re making it a ‘long weekend’ of wonder.
Information on the transition period between the closure of our temporary libraries in town, and the opening of Tūranga. The closure period is based on the time needed to relocate the collections and furniture to Tūranga.
Opening and closing dates
- Tūranga, your new Central Library, will open on Friday 12 October
- Central Library Manchester closed for good 5pm Saturday 18 August
- Central Library Peterborough closed for good 5pm Sunday 26 August
Mobile Library at 91 Peterborough Street
- Tuesdays 10am to 12pm
- Fridays 12.30pm to 4.15pm
- Saturdays 10.30am to 3.30pm
- Sundays 10.30am to 3.30pm
The collection on offer includes fiction and nonfiction books, large print and talking books, DVDs, children’s and young adults’ material, and magazines
Services provided by the Mobile Library include returns, memberships and enrolment, hold pick ups, placing holds, and eResource support and questions.
Borrowing and Collections
Can I still order items from Store?
Lending items from store can still be ordered by putting a hold on them through the library website. Reference only items can only be viewed up to 18th August when Central Library Manchester closes, and requests will close Friday 10 August. They will be available again from Monday 15 October at Tūranga.
Will I be able to borrow an item that is showing as available at Central Library Manchester or Central Library Peterborough?
No. All collections at Central Library Manchester and Central Library Peterborough will be unavailable from the date of closure until Tūranga opens.
Items showing ‘Available’ at Tūranga not accessible
As we work on moving parts of the library collection into Tūranga, your new Central Library, some items will show 'Available at Tūranga'. These items will become available when Tūranga opens. The same applies to any holds placed on items with a 'Tūranga' location. Find out more.
Can I still access items in the Library Archives?
No, Library Archives are on the move too and will be unavailable until Tūranga opens.
Where can I pick up my holds?
All holds normally picked up from Central Library Manchester will be sent to South Library and all holds normally picked up from Central Library Peterborough will be sent to Fendalton Library. If you would like them sent to another library in the city or if you would prefer to suspend your holds while the libraries are closed you can call the library on 03 941 7923 or edit your holds.
Can I still order an Interloan?
Yes, Interloans will be operating out of Fendalton Library during the period of closure.
Where can I return my library items while these libraries are closed?
You can return your items to any of our other libraries in the city.
Can I still look at the electoral rolls?
The 2017 electoral rolls are available through the electorate office. New Zealand electoral rolls 1856-1981 are available through Ancestory.com which can be accessed for free at any of our libraries. Print copies of NZ electoral rolls 1981-2017 rolls will be available in Tūranga after 12 October.
Can I still access standards?
Access to the print standards located at Tūranga is available via our eResource Standards New Zealand in community libraries.
Where’s the nearest place I can print my document?
Printing is available at all of our other libraries. There are also some local businesses who will print your documents for a charge.
Will Wifi still be available at Central Library Manchester and Central Library Peterborough after they have closed?
No, wifi will be turned off at the Central Library Manchester and Central Library Peterborough when they close, however free public wifi is available in Cathedral Square.
Where can I get access to Lost Property from Central Library Manchester or Central Library Peterborough after they have closed?
Lost Property will be kept until 21 September and can be accessed by calling the right library up to that date.
Who do I talk to about damaged items that were at Central Library Manchester or Central Library Peterborough after they have closed?
Damaged items will be transferred from Central Library Manchester to South Library and from Central Library Peterborough to Fendalton Library.
Who do I talk to about items with missing parts that were at Central Library Manchester or Central Library Peterborough after they have closed?
Items with missing parts will be transferred from Central Library Manchester to South Library and from Central Library Peterborough to Fendalton Library when they close.
If I send a family history or local history question by email or call it through will someone be able to help me?
We will be able to start working on your questions from 15 October. Family History computers are still available at Fendalton, Upper Riccarton, Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, and Shirley Libraries and some help in using these resources may be available over the phone through this period. The Christchurch City Libraries Family History and Local History guides may also be useful.
Can I still order a digital image?
If the image you are looking for is on our catalogue then we will be able to provide it to you as normal. If you can’t find the image on the catalogue we will be able to supply it after 15 October.