About the Library

Contact Details

Christchurch City Libraries
work PO Box 73045,
Christchurch 8154,
New Zealand.
workp: +64-3-941-7923


Christchurch City Libraries is proud to have received these awards:


2013 New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards

Aranui Library was honoured with both the Public Architecture and Sustainable Architecture awards in the Local Architecture Awards which honour quality new architecture at a community level. Aranui Library was designed by the Christchurch City Council’s architecture office.

Public Architecture citation:

This library reflects its community and its ethnicity, invites that community’s involvement and celebrates its identity. The building, with its clearly articulated spatial arrangement, expresses a strong form concept. A sense of openness within the body of the library communicates a sense of approachability, particularly to younger community members. Appropriately chosen robust materials are detailed to maximise the building’s durability with minimum maintenance. The Architects have provided a working environment that has exceeded client and staff expectations.

Sustainable Architecture citation:

A community library that reflects its community and its ethnicity, invites its involvement and celebrates its identity, is sustainable by its very nature. The orientation, planning and form of the building demonstrate a commitment to environmental principles, exemplified by the introduction of passive ventilation, thermal chimneys and a mechanical heat recovery system that delivers heating to the building.


New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards

Parklands Library is a Canterbury Local Award Winner in the NZIA Resene Local Awards
Upper Riccarton Community and School Library is a NZIA Resene New Zealand Award Winner
19 October 2006

Civic Trust Awards 2006

Upper Riccarton Community & School Library, Main South Road, Christchurch. An integrated community and school library that continues a strong emphasis on environmental building design.

Parklands Library, Queenspark Drive, Parklands. A recycled 1970s church building transformed into a community resource and vibrant meeting place within a newer Christchurch suburb.


National Māori Language Week Awards 2005

Winner of Te Tohu Whare Pukapuka Tāmatanui/Public Library Award in the Central Government, Local Body and Public Library category.
15 September 2005

2005 NZ Post Management Excellence Awards

Category winner for AnyQuestions.co.nz (Process Management).

3M Award for Innovation in Libraries

1st place National Library with Auckland, Wellington, Christchurchand Manukau Public Libraries
AnyQuestions.co.nz is an online reference service for New Zealand school students, which enables users to get direct, real time, online help from a reference librarian in finding quality information to meet their school work needs. Staffing for this project is funded by The National Library of New Zealand, Auckland, Christchurch, Manukau and Wellington City Libraries and the Ministry of Education.
13 September 2005

GOVIS Buzzies

Government Information Managers Forum Joint winner of category On the Frontier (leading edge stuff)
20 May 2005


Māori Language Week Awards 2004

Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi: Christchurch City Libraries won the Local Government category and was the the supreme award runner up in the inaugural Māori Language Week Awards.
14 September 2004

New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards

South Library received a supreme award for architecture at the 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.
29 May 2004

Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Building Award 2004 Education & Art Property Award Merit: South Christchurch Library to recognise excellence in property investment and development

Tutor.com Special Recognition Award 2004 - Best International Partnership - "Answers Now - All the time. Across the World." This was won in conjunction with the other 3 partners from around the world (Australia; UK; USA)


Unlimited 20 Best Places to Work

Each year, the Unlimited/JRA Best Places to Work Survey reveals the top organisations to work for in New Zealand. In 2003, 128 organisations participated in the survey. Christchurch was ranked 13th overall and 4th of the medium sized workplaces (100 - 399 staff).


Contact Centre: Finalist, 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries, 18 November 2002

Central City Library: NZIA (New Zealand Institute of Architects) Resene Colour Award in the Community Colour award

Contact Centre: Technology Category of the 2002 New Zealand Post Management Excellence Awards presented at the Society of Local Government Manager’s Conference in Auckland 8 September 2002

Edith Jessie Carnell Travelling Scholarship 2002
Debbie Dawson was awarded the 2002 scholarship that provides LIANZA members with the opportunity to travel for professional development.


Human Resources Department: Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) Southern Regional Award for innovation in the category of Influence and Change 28 November 2001

LIANZA Award of Merit for Management 2001
Debbie Dawson received this award “In recognition of your excellence in the management of change and the establishment of successful communication and relations between library users, management and staff.


New Brighton: NZIA Resene National Award for Architecture

New Brighton: NZIA Resene Regional Award (Urban Design)


New Brighton: NZIA Resene Branch Award for Architecture (Community and Culture)

New Brighton: NZIA Resene Colour Award for Architecture (Interior Design)


The Nada Beardsley Literacy Award - The Canterbury Council of the New Zealand Reading Association Honours award for Books for Babies.


Ameritech Bell Atlantic Award for Innovation in Library and Information Services. Presented to Canterbury Public Library and Trustbank Canterbury Community trust for Computers for Children. "An N-Strategy Initiative".