Christmas information

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Happy holidays from Christchurch City Libraries to you and your whānau.

Explore our opening hours over the festive season.


Your Library 24/7

Read, enjoy and travel. Give eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines a go!

Zinio for Libraries provides you access to hundreds of popular eMagazines covering a range of subjects.
PressReader is a large digital newspaper & magazine library.

Summertime Reading Club

Summer for kids

Our annual Summertime Reading Club for kids between 5 and 13 years old runs from 16 December 2016 until 31 January 2017.

Discover all the holiday programmes and activities at libraries and learning centres this December and January.

Holiday reading is our annual selection of great new titles for kids and young adults.

What's on in December and January for Christchurch children: we list holiday programmes and activities at libraries, plus more local stuff to do.

New Central Library

News about your libraries

The first pre-cast concrete panel of your new Central Library was put in place on Thursday 8 December. Read the latest info and see the webcam for images of progress on the site.

Construction is underway on the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre and the Bishopdale Community Centre and Library.

New Brighton's seaside library is being repaired, and the temporary library at 60 Brighton Mall is proving popular with the locals.

Lyttelton Library is operating at the Trinity Hall, and is expected to return to its usual home on London Street in March 2017. Have a look at how the upgrade is going.

Best Reads

Best reads

We have brought together the cream of the crop of 2016’s books – from the picks of our staff and customers, to the selections made by websites and magazines.

We'd love to hear your favourites too. Have your say and we'll add them to the list.

uncover - huraina

uncover - huraina

Grab some fresh holiday reading. Pick up a copy of Issue 2 of our magazine uncover - huraina or read it online.

(photo by Janneth Gil for The Christchurch Documentary Project)


Holiday eMagazines

Zinio for Libraries has 70 new titles, including British Vogue, Tatler, North & South, New Zealand Listener, Little Treasures, New Zealand Mountain Biker, Grand Designs New Zealand, New Zealand Women’s Weekly, Fashion Quarterly, and Taste.

View a complete list of Zinio for Libraries titles.

PressReader has magazines too, including NZ House & Garden, Cuisine, NZ Gardener and NZ Fishing News.


New Titles

Discover the latest and greatest in our collection, in a number of different formats: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.


Bloomsbury South: The arts in Christchurch, 1933-1953


All day at the movies


The curious explorer's guide to the Moominhouse


A life in parts


The march of the foxgloves


Shooting stars