This page is a guide to reading and literature resources at your library.

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Best lists

Check out our recommended reading for each year.

If you like …

Recommended books and authors in different styles and genres: great for exploring the world of books.

Literary prizes

Explore the award-winning books of the year — everything from history to poetry, science fiction to New Zealand literature.

Keep up to date with book news

Christchurch City Libraries’ blog
Keeping you in touch with our world, sharing views, opinions and ideas on reading, listening and watching.
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New titles
Get a list of the latest titles in our libraries each month either online or by email, or subscribe to our weekly RSS feeds.
Books reviewed in the Press’s Your Weekend
Browse the books in our collection that have been reviewed in the weekly Your Weekend supplement to The Press.
Search for the tag press book review to retrieve all titles tagged since July 2012, or enter a specific date, e.g. press book review 02/03/13 to retrieve only the titles reviewed in that edition of Your Weekend. Please note that these searches will retrieve only the titles that Christchurch City Libraries holds.
Read the book — then see the film
Do you want to read a book before you see the film rather than the other way around? If so, we’ve gathered together some of the movies coming up that are based on books so that you can get in first.
Books made into film and television
Our listing of books made into movies and spin-offs from TV shows.


Reports and interviews from literary events.

Earlier literary events


Interviews and short biographies of authors, poets and journalists

Book clubs and reading groups

Learn about book clubs and find out how the library can help and support your group


Resources and links for poetry-lovers