Our website is 20 years old – Whoopee!

Happy birthday to our library website! We are 20 years old!
Have a ride on the Wayback Machine and take a look at how we looked back in 1995.

The URL back then was http://www.ccc.govt.nz/library/ and here’s the first baby photo:

1995 library website

And on her 20th birthday:

2015 website

The library website was born on 7 June 1995 (oops sorry we missed the actual big day), and she was the first public library internet presence in Australasia:

… The library’s move into the digital age was further boosted in June 1995, when the library established its first web pages. Part of the Christchurch City Council site, the library’s pages were the first public library internet presence in Australasia. In addition to providing information about the library and its services, they offered online catalogue access for the first time.

Thanks to our ever-innovative librarian Paul Sutherland for bringing that first website online, and for looking after it so well.

Browse our brief history of Christchurch City Libraries and our factsheet for more milestones, technological and otherwise.

Unwrapping the new OPAC Launch of OPACs

5 thoughts on “Our website is 20 years old – Whoopee!

    • Donna 11 June 2015 / 9:48 am

      Thanks! That WWW is certainly growing up.

  1. Paul 10 June 2015 / 1:14 pm

    The initial website looked a bit different. It had a greeting from the then CIty Librarian, Dorothea Brown. The one illustarted is when we launched our first web catalogue.

    • Donna 11 June 2015 / 9:49 am

      Thanks Paul. Does it feel like 20 years ago?

  2. Sue 10 June 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I remember that now Paul

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