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Diamond Harbour Library is closed (Friday 31 October 2014)

The Diamond Harbour Hall and Library building has been closed for the weekend as a precaution after the potential release of asbestos fibres.

The building has been cordoned off. Users are being asked to avoid the building over the weekend, and to put off returning library items until its reopening.

The fire brigade was called to the site on Thursday 30 October after waterblasting to clean the building accidentally set off the fire alarm. While resetting the alarm, the fire brigade observed that the cladding is of a type that may contain asbestos, and that the waterblasting may have released asbestos fibres.

The Department of Labour was informed, and the building has been closed until it has been given the all-clear. All contractors involved in the cleaning and inspection are fully accredited. This is a precautionary approach, and it is expected the building’s safety will be confirmed in the next few days and that it will be reopened on Monday.

Council Customer Service Desk at Hornby Library

Starting from 4 September 2014, a Christchurch City Council Customer Service Desk will be available at Hornby Library for all Council enquiries and payments. This service will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 6pm.

Stock availability

The Source electronic resources access

Please note that library Non-city members can access all electronic resources except where specifically excluded by the terms of Christchurch City Libraries’ contractual agreements with those suppliers. For more information see our Membership policy.

Store is open and most Store items are now available.

  • While libraries are closed, items in those collections are not available to be borrowed.
  • Items which are unavailable should now have their status in catalogue records as Currently inaccessible. The only exception to this is stock held at ‘LRS’. Unfortunately we are unable to change the status of this stock from Available to Currently inaccessible. In time this stock will become available once more.
  • Holds may be placed on items held at closed libraries and will be delivered to you when the item becomes available. Your hold will not expire, but may not be delivered for some time.
  • Please contact us if you have questions.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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