Free Wi-fi at Central Library

WiFi users outside the Central Library

Yes, the Central Library and all our community libraries are closed – but people outside the Central Library are accessing the free wi-fi  … and you can still use:

And don’t forget the NEW Christchurch Kids Blog – today is its official launch, not with cake and authors as we’d have liked, but in good time for all the kids at home from school.

Good news: Library catalogue and premium websites available

Great news – the library catalogue and premium websites are available again, thanks to our hard-working IT team.

That means PressDisplay, Naxos Music Library and all the other great digital library resources will be accessible with your library card and pin! Get into it 😉

Get your picture books off the shelf

CoverBooks fell off your bookshelf? You’re not alone!
Make the most of the books being out and about to read those favourite kids stories – for the kids, or for yourself.

We’ve been into that old classic The very hungry caterpillar. Lots of colour, holes for little fingers, and a lovely feed.

It’s a bit like comfort food – just what we need right now.


Yeah I am. One of the most stressful things was not knowing what was going on and what was the right thing to do. People were telling each other heaps of things which weren’t necessarily correct. So beat that stress by checking in with this website – Canterbury Earthquake. It’s official, it’s regularly updated and it has heaps of commonsense advice for what to do post quake. Scroll down the site and you’ll come to some information about Possible Psychological Reactions to an Earthquake. It’s information provided to CDHB and it makes sense to me. I am not alone in what I am feeling. There is also excellent stuff on coping with stress  from the Ministry of Health.

Canterbury Earthquake also tells you what’s happening with public services – transport, hospitals etc. And if it helps you to know how big that last aftershock was they link to Geonet.

Music – well it always helps me. I went poking around the libraries links to music websites and signed up to There is a 30 track free trial and track 1 is blasting as I type this – The Who – Squeezebox! Brightened me up I can tell you.

Let the music take you away! Stay well folks.

Keeping the Kids Cool While Off School

For all those families who are stuck at home by the consequences of the earthquake and the weather Christchurch City Libraries has some help at hand to keep everyone amused and distracted.

Our brand new Kids Blog was supposed to be launched today. Launching is only a ceremony, the blog is up and running  with lots of interesting stuff already there. Read about favourite authors and join a conversation about what to do while school is closed.

There is a world of fun out there on the internet and our children’s librarians have selected the best kid-friendly sites on our Kids fun pages.  You could play some of the BBC history games, learn how to draw, or read some interviews with great New Zealand authors and illustrators. There are interactive games for all ages.

If you want to keep some learning going on, check out Intrepica. This is a play-based literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment. To use Intrepica you need to first create an account for your child or yourself. You will need your library card number and an email address. Your login details will be emailed to you at that email address.

We hope this will help everyone in the next few days until things get back to normal.

Lift your spirits and join our conversation

Our libraries are shut today – but we’d like to hear how you’re doing!

Even though we’re closed, we’ll use our blog to try and help you lift your spirits by sharing the great material on the library website.

So please join in.

ImageHere’s a few conversation starters:

We’ll post more throughout the day – but please, join our conversation and tell us your favourites – or your newest discovery.

Christchurch City Libraries closed, Wednesday 8 September

Following large aftershocks on the morning of Wednesday 8th September we are now not able to open any libraries today as previously planned. Libraries will remain closed until further notice.

See our news alerts page for the latest information.

For more earthquake information and assistance: