12 November - Statistics from the opening month
- Foot traffic numbers collected by Christchurch City Council staff show 95,561 people have explored the library in its first month of operation, an average of 3185 each day.
- The busiest single day so far was on Sunday 21 October (Labour Weekend) when 5718 people checked out the new building.
- In the past four weeks there have been 57,202 items issued and 9521 renewals.
- The library’s Discovery Wall, a digital touch wall on the ground floor which allows users to swipe through a virtual world of photos, videos and information, has been used for 2.8 million interactions and to send 750 postcards.
Read more at New library a fast favourite Newsline, 12 November 2018
Mōrena. The day has finally arrived and we hope you're as excited as we are for the Tūranga Grand Opening! Watch the official opening ceremony online from 12 noon today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aivupywQ9ccDoors open to the public for tours at 1pm. More about Tūranga: https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/turanga/
Posted by Christchurch City Libraries on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Christchurch’s new city library is more than just books! Take a look inside & share another positive milestone in the rebuild of the city! @Christchurch_NZ @ChristchurchCC #christchurch @NewstalkZB pic.twitter.com/mPXo8umrNJ
— Chris Lynch (@lynchinnz) October 11, 2018
A few images of our nearly completed central city library, Tūranga, by night 🌙Tūranga is officially opening to the...
Learn, relax and discover at Tūranga Newsline, 2 October
Find your identity at Tūranga Newsline, 26 September
Coffee and kids in Tūranga first-floor mix, Newsline, 19 September
Making right connections at Tūranga Newsline, 12 September
Filling the shelves at Tūranga Mainlander, 12 September
Turanga partnership a win for LEGO lovers Newsline, 10 September 2018
Turanga and Imagination Station have joined creative forces to make LEGO playtime a permanent fixture in the city’s new central library. The Christchurch City Council has entered into a formal partnership with the charitable trust, which specialises in creative play and creative education using LEGO. Imagination Station will have a new permanent home on Turanga’s Hapori/Community Floor (level one) when the library opens on 12 October. Its current site in Cathedral Junction will close after 11 October. Find out more on Newsline.
Tūranga by night. If you are in town for #wordchch, that gorgeous building on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester is opening on Friday 12 October. https://t.co/tp8vILPUbC ^DR pic.twitter.com/GzqcLd5uPu
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) August 30, 2018
Tūranga’s book collection stacks up Newsline, 30 August 2018
Tūranga design rewrites resilience book Newsline, 29 August 2018
A happy milestone today - the first books are on the shelves at Tūranga, your new central library!
Find out more about Tūranga: https://t.co/tp8vILPUbC and here's information on the transition to Tūranga: https://t.co/XY7yOUjqjr ^DR pic.twitter.com/oE6xbmXBn0
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) August 27, 2018
Congratulations to St Anne's Catholic School in Woolston for naming the new central library Tūranga's Bookbots!
To find out their cool, new Earth names, head to Newsline: https://t.co/3gAbRkFl4F
— ChCh City Council (@ChristchurchCC) August 20, 2018
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) August 8, 2018
- Friday 3 August: Tūranga, your new central library, will open on Friday 12 October
- Read the Newsline article: It's the final countdown for Tūranga
- Christchurch's new $92 million Tūranga library to launch in October Holly Carran, Newshub, 3 August 2018
- Tūranga, the South Island's biggest and most modern library, set for October opening Dominic Harris, Stuff, 3 August 2018
- Inside Christchurch's New Central Library, Tūranga Mainlander, 4 August 2018
Council releases cost of digital touch-wall Newsline, 5 July 2018
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) June 28, 2018
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) June 27, 2018
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) June 25, 2018
Photos from this week on site at Tūranga show the beginnings of some colour schemes, in particular, the world's most orange bathroom. ^MThttps://t.co/xUZD68AFZi
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) June 15, 2018
Book a spot in futuristic city library Newsline, 14 June 2018
People are being urged to join the library before the doors slide open to reveal Christchurch’s most modern and multi-use “community hub”, Tūranga.
Innovative Tūranga in Cathedral Square will be the largest public library in the South Island, connecting five floors of knowledge, products, services and experiences. It is due to open later this year.
Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson points out that Tūranga features a hands-on technology and innovation zone, a cafe, a 200-seat community arena, activity rooms, an exhibition space, study spaces, meeting rooms, an arts and crafts space, a video-editing suite, music studio, outdoor terraces, a playground – and more than 175,000 books.
“It’s free for Christchurch residents to join our city libraries, which all offer a range of valuable resources. You can do so online or simply fill out a membership form at any local library,” Ms Robertson says. Read more.
Tūranga (New Central Library)
Migration stories and the currents that bring people to new countries feature in a large-scale artwork adorning the new central library.
Local Māori artists Morgan Mathews-Hale and Riki Manuel have collaborated on the design which has been painstakingly sand blasted by hand at local studio Art Fetiche Studio into bluestone tiles that make up a 38-metre outer wall of Tūranga. Read more.
All this technology under one roof. This article was published in uncover- huraina issue 8, June to August 2018
- Read the article in uncover huraina issue 8
- Read it in the PDF version of uncover huraina issue 8 [11MB PDF]
Tūranga to cater for foodies, coffee lovers [Newsline article 18 May 2018]
Food lovers and coffee connoisseurs are in for a treat when Christchurch’s new central library, Tūranga, opens its doors later this year. The $92 million public library – set to become the most modern in the southern hemisphere – will feature an array of high-tech learning experiences, as well as a new café and espresso bar split between its ground and first floors. The venues, both called Foundation, will be jointly operated by The Catering Belle owner Ruth Trevella and current part-owner of Linwood’s Under the Red Veranda Amanda Heasley. Read more.
- Read the article in uncover huraina issue 7
- Read it in the PDF version of uncover huraina issue 7 [6.5MB PDF]
NZ's biggest 'touch wall' on books for Tūranga Newsline, 29 January 2018
Smart technology booked in for new city library Newsline, 7 December 2017
- Introducing Tūranga 29 November 2017
- Council decides name for new central library, 28 September 2017 [media release]
- Watch the star.kiwi video: The Central Library’s amazing features and proposed new name 26 September 2017
- Watch the introductory video
New Central Library, after dark. ^DR pic.twitter.com/xA6AuxWQ37
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) September 5, 2017
New Central Library taking shape in city centre Newsline, 30 August
Spark signs on as library, knowledge centre partner Newsline, 9 May
Thursday 8 December: New central library taking shape Newsline
Another milestone in the construction of Christchurch’s new central library was reached today when the first pre-cast concrete panel was lifted into place.
View more photos.
Foundations laid for a 21st century knowledge centre
The concrete pour for new Central Library's foundations took place today, Wednesday 26 October 2016.
— ChCh City Council (@ChristchurchCC) October 25, 2016
At work on the new Central Library right now. ^DR pic.twitter.com/CJhkLXvGqG
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) October 10, 2016
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) August 11, 2016
4183 - Central Library Establishment Manager (Fixed Term) applications closed 24 July 2016.
The oversized astro turf lounge suite has moved from Gloucester St. Now on the north east side of Cathedral Square! pic.twitter.com/APnlgjZ8M1
— ChCh City Council (@ChristchurchCC) June 23, 2016
Development of Christchurch's new Central Library has marked another big milestone, with Christchurch City Council confirming Southbase Construction Ltd. as the preferred contractor. Read New Central Library is ready to go, Christchurch City Council media release, 14 March 2016.
Preparatory groundworks on the New Central Library site in Cathedral Square started on 22 February.
Strong interest in building New Central Library - press release 24 June 2015.
New Central Library site
The site for the New Central Library was cleared. Here are some photos of progress of the demolition of the Camelot Hotel.
Camelot Hotel demolition timelapse 12 June 2015
New Central Library in the news
- New Christchurch Central Library's first foundations poured Jamie Small, The Press, Wednesday 26 October 2016
- Input wanted for $85m central library Lois Cairns, The Press. Saturday 22 March 2014
- New $85 million library inches closer Ashleigh Stewart, The Press. Friday 21 March 2014
- $89m for central library ‘hub of knowledge’ The Press. Saturday 24 August 2013
- Cost doesn’t match library vision Rachel Young and Lois Cairns, The Press. Wednesday 14 August 2013
- Debate over city library, sports hub Rachel Young and Lois Cairns, The Press. Tuesday 13 August 2013
- Plans for $89m central library Lois Cairns. The Press. Monday 12 August 2013