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Welcome to the Christchurch City Libraries’ newsletter

Merry Christmas Christchurch / Meri Kirihimete Ōtautahi
In our last newsletter for 2014, we look at our new website, eBooks, the Summertime Reading Club and holiday programmes for kids, and more.

From all of us here at Christchurch City Libraries, we wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.

New Libraries’ Website

New Libraries’ Website

Our new website has an updated layout and design with optimised viewing on tablets and smartphones. The site brings together content, the catalogue, our electronic resources and blog posts in a new way. There’s an introductory video to show you some of the new site’s features.
The catalogue of books, DVDs and music can also now be viewed through the Christchurch City Libraries’ Facebook page.

Find out more about our new website. 

eReading made easy


Got a tablet, smartphone or eReader? Maybe getting one for Christmas? We have 22,000 free downloadable eBooks for you to choose from, available 24/7 and compatible with most devices. With three eBook platforms - OverDrive (our largest collection with a separate Children’s and Young Adult’s section), Wheelers (NZ titles and authors) and Askews (British content) you get a collection of the best from around the world.

Not interested in eBooks but do like magazines? Great! Check out Zinio eMagazines!

Summertime Reading Club

Our annual Summertime Reading Club is underway. It is for kids between 5 and 12 years old and runs until 23 January 2015.

Be in to win one of ten sets of five of the year’s best children’s books - and your school could win 50 of the year’s best children's books!

Explore more holiday programmes at Linwood, Central Library Peterborough, Upper Riccarton, and South libraries.

Christmas Library Hours

See our opening hours over Christmas and New Year. Visit us and keep stocked up on holiday reading.

Best Reads of 2014

Find out the best reads of 2014 as decided by our staff and customers, and explore "best of" lists from around the world.

We’d love to know your favourites too, so add a comment with your picks.

In our e-resources

The library subscribes to these online resources so that you can access them for free.
All you need is your library card number and password / PIN.

Zinio for Libraries eMagazines

Read the latest edition of popular eMagazines for free. Hundreds are available including New Zealand Home and Garden, Rolling Stone and OK! magazines.

Freegal Music

Legally download and keep music MP3s and music video MP4s from Sony Music’s catalogue. Download up to three songs, or one music video and one song, per week.

Busy Things

Access colourful, quirky and fun games and activities for three to seven year olds. Designed to entertain and educate during those long school holidays.

Library Press Display

Read online digital replicas of the same day edition of over 3,000 local and international newspapers and magazines including The Press, Sunday Star Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Comes in over 60 languages.

Music Online

Huge collection of streaming audio of classical, popular, world, opera, and jazz music. Includes rare recordings. Construct your own playlists to listen to.

New Titles

Book cover: Pyramid Book cover: Moriarty Book cover: A Lion in Paris Book cover: Tinseltown Book cover: The meaning of human existence
More new titles

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