New Brighton Library

News about your libraries

New Brighton Library will close for repairs from Monday 1 August. On Monday 15 August, a temporary library will open at 60 Brighton Mall. It will offer a small, popular collection and eight free internet computers. Opening hours will be the same, and preschool sessions will continue as normal. Find out more.

Work on the new Sumner library, community centre and museum will begin on Monday 25 July. Construction is expected to take approximately ten months. In the meantime, our mobile library will visit 57 Nayland Street by the Sumner Hub, and the returns bin will be located there.

Work on the new, purpose-built Bishopdale Library and Community Centre begins this month and it is expected to open mid-2017.

Groundworks on the new Central Library began in February, and construction of the facility will start later this year. The library is scheduled to open by mid-2018.

Kids in the library

KidsFest and school holidays

The school holidays are on and it's KidsFest time! Find out what's happening at our libraries and learning centres.
Explore more Christchurch holiday programmes, shows, and performances to keep the kids happy and busy.

Community Read

Community Read

In August, Christchurch City Libraries invites you to read, share and discuss Heartland by Jenny Pattrick - and join in some fun events at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

  • Book chat, tea and tales - Thursday 18 August 10am to 11.30am
  • Heartland brought to life by the Court Jesters - Friday 19 August 7pm to 9pm
  • Storytime for songbirds with Jenny Pattrick  - Saturday 20 August 2pm to 3pm
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival is on 24 to 28 August 2016. This year's WORD Festival features 80 events and over 100 speakers from New Zealand and the world. The theme is ‘The Planet and its People’.

Writers at WORD include David Levithan, Caitlin Doughty, Ben Sanders, Selina Tusitala Marsh, and Steven Daisley.
Popular authors Justin Cronin and Andy Griffiths will be here in September.


PressDisplay is transforming into PressReader

On 30 August, PressDisplay will transform into PressReader. It provides the same unlimited access to thousands of newspapers and magazines, and in addition you'll be able to customise what you see, and get instant translation and social sharing. You can also download as many publications as you want for later reading offline.

Draft Multicultural Strategy

Draft Multicultural strategy - Have your say

Christchurch City Council is currently consulting on its draft Multicultural Strategy - its commitment to support and embrace the diversity of the people in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Consultation closes 31 July.

Read it, and have your say.


New titles

Browse the latest arrivals - CDs, DVDs, eBooks, eAudiobooks, fiction, non-fiction, talking books, large print, and stuff for kids and teens.

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Burt Munro: the lost interviews

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Coding for beginners using Scratch!

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Mysterious mysteries of the Aro Valley

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Cover of Steve Coogan

Star Wars: Lost stars

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Who rules the world?