ōWhatarau: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre

News about your libraries

Bishopdale moves
Ōwhatarau: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre is opening on Saturday 22 July 2017 on the site of the former Bishopdale Crèche in Bishopdale Mall. The temporary Bishopdale Library, currently operating at 17C Bishopdale Court in the Mall, will close from 1pm Saturday 8 July 2017.

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
The new library, community centre and museum Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is opening in August. The opening day will be announced soon.

Your new Central Library
Want to keep an eye on progress? Walk past the site on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Street, right on Cathedral Square.
Our page about the new Central Library links to:

School holidays and KidFest

School holidays and KidsFest

School holidays start on Monday 10 July. There is plenty for Christchurch kids to do, with KidsFest to warm up your winter break. Have a look at our big list of what's on for Christchurch kids — it includes holiday programmes, events, and activities.

See all the KidsFest events and activities at libraries.

Explore more classes and activities at libraries and learning centres. Activities include origami, beebots, craft stick harmonicas, knitting, and board games. Some sessions require booking.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Win The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show tickets

Express your creativity and be in to win 1 of 10 family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal. Draw your Very Own Hungry Caterpillar (for ages 0 to 12 years). Entries open Saturday 1 July and close Wednesday 19 July.

There is also Caterpillar craft for ages 5 to 8 years. Create your own mini MAKE company caterpillar to take home. All sessions run 10.30am to 11.15am. Free, bookings required. Phone 03 941 5140.


eResources news

Welcome to our new eResources. You can use them at a library or login from home by entering your library card and password / PIN:

  • Naxos Jazz streams over 9000 jazz albums, from jazz legends to contemporary jazz.
  • Rosetta Stone is a language learning eResource using a proven immersion method with over 30 languages available.
  • The BWB Collections are a series of high-quality New Zealand non-fiction books, including BWB Texts Collection, The Treaty of Waitangi Collection, The Critical Issues Collection, The NZ History Collection, and The NZ Sign Language Collection.

More eResource news:

  • Zinio for Libraries has rebranded as RBDigital Magazines and there is a new app where you can access over 600 eMagazines.
  • New OverDrive app Libby is a one-tap reading app designed to make using OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks easier.
Classes and programmes

Term 3 at the Learning Centres

RoboClub is an after school programme for boys and girls in years four to eight.

Science Snippets in the Library is a free after school science programme presented by Science Alive! at five of our libraries. Excellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week!

Our Community Connections for Adults include technology and CV help drop in sessions.
WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View

Shifting Points of View - WORD Christchurch

Shifting Points of View are sessions from top writers and commentators including Peter Garrett, Clementine Ford, and John Safran. It's WORD Christchurch's lineup at the Christchurch Arts Festival in September. Shifting Points of View is designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

uncover - huraina

uncover - huraina - your library magazine

Grab some fresh reading. Pick up a free copy of Issue 4 of our magazine uncover - huraina from your local library, or read it online.

KidsFest Under 5 Have a go day

KidsFest Under 5 Have a Go Day

Head along to the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre on Saturday 15 July from 9am to 1pm and let your preschoolers have a go. Enjoy fun activities which include Tumbletimes, Storytimes, Bubbletimes and the Southern Centre.


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.

Finding Gobi

Finding Gobi

Trans like me

Trans like me



The Suicide Club

The Suicide Club

Go sleep in your own bed!

Go sleep in your own bed!

Cover of American Street

American Street