Shelved Memories

For a dose of library nostalgia – and a peek at some of your library’s treasures – head over to Our City O-Tautahi and catch Christchurch City Libraries’ 150th anniversary exhibition, Shelved Memories. This exhibition brings together some interesting and unusual books from the Research Room of Christchurch City Libraries’ Aotearoa New Zealand Centre, along with archives, ephemera and memorabilia spanning the last 150 years of library service in Christchurch.

From old catalogue drawers, library smocks and storytime puppets to World War II ration books, 1981 Springbok Tour protest posters and the typescript for Margaret Mahy’s award-winning novel The Haunting, the exhibition provides a fascinating look at the story of our libraries. Check out excerpts from the library news-clippings scrapbooks and photo archives – glimpses into the interesting, often quirky and sometimes controversial life and history of Christchurch City Libraries.

While there you can also have a look at a 220 year-old geographical encyclopaedia, read the “in-house” newsletters produced on Scott’s Antarctic expeditions or peruse the fashions of the 1920s and 30s with The Ladies’ Mirror – just a few of the treasures from our Research Room.

The Libraries’ Research Room material and archives are searchable on the Christchurch City Libraries catalogue and available to view on request at the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre, Central Library, Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Shelved Memories runs at Our City O-Tautahi, cnr Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace, until 8 October 2009.