Central and transitional – Christchurch City Libraries in the central city since 2011

Christchurch’s Central Library in Gloucester Street closed after the earthquake on 22 February 2011. As we move towards opening Tūranga – your new central library – on Friday 12 October 2018, here is a look at the temporary town libraries we’ve operated since 2011:

Central South City Library

South City Shopping Centre, 555 Colombo Street 
Opened on 8 July 2011
Closed 15 July 2012

Preparing for opening
Preparing for opening. Central South City Library, July 2011. Flickr CCL-2011-07-08-Central-South-City-DSC00091

Central South City Library was a 136 square metre retail space in the South City Mall, on Colombo Street. The library was situated next to the only supermarket open in the area at the time (New World), adjacent to the food court and across from Paper Plus. People enjoyed the convenience of shopping and using the library. In the one year the library was open, 162,830 people came through the doors.

Central Library Peterborough

91 Peterborough Street
Opened on 19 December 2011
Scheduled to close from 5pm Sunday 26 August 2018

Christmas Market at Central Library Peterborough
Christmas Market. Sunday 8 December 2013. Flickr 2013-12-08-IMG_1042

Central Library Peterborough is a 1,250 square metre building. It was one of the first businesses to open in the area after the February 2011 earthquake, and it provided a good reason for people to come into town and provided library services to the local community. The first 12 months saw 305,800 visitors through the door. It was the venue for Christchurch Art Gallery outer spaces exhibitions. Since then, it has been a popular community library with lots of events and activities for whānau.

Central Library Tuam

121 Tuam Street
Opened on 23 July 2012
Closed Friday 1 November 2013

Central Library Tuam opening day – Monday 23 July 2012. Flickr CCL-2012-07-23-IMG_5564

Central Library Tuam occupied a space of approximately 1,000 square metres next to the main public transport hub. Escarto the coffee cart operated in front of the library. The other end of the building housed the CCC Central Rebuild service, and the Christchurch Art Gallery shop.

Central Library Manchester

36 Manchester Street
Central Library Manchester opened 20 January 2014
Scheduled to close from 5pm Saturday 18 August 2018

Central Library Manchester
Central Library Manchester. Friday 17 January 2014. Flickr 2014-01-17-IMG_1591

Central Library Manchester has been the location for important resources like the Aotearoa New Zealand collection, local history and genealogical resources, Ngā Pounamu Māori and the Ngāi Tahu Collection / Ngā Rākau Teitei e Iwa.

Town library timeline 2011-

  • Central Library (Gloucester Street) closed 22 February 2011.
  • Central South City Library opened 8 July 2011
  • Central Library Peterborough opened 19 December 2011
  • Central South City Library closed 15 July 2012
  • Central Library Tuam opened 23 July 2012
  • Central Library Tuam closed 1 November 2013
  • Central Library Manchester opened 20 January 2014
  • Central Library demolition. September and October 2014
  • Groundworks begin on the new Central Library site. 22 February 2016
  • Central Library Manchester scheduled to close from 5pm Saturday 18 August 2018.
  • Central Library Peterborough scheduled to close from 5pm Sunday 26 August 2018.
  • Tūranga scheduled to open Friday 12 October 2018.

Information on our temporary libraries

So long from Central South City Library, and thanks …

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been at the mall for over a year!  Seems like only last week that we were moving into South City to set up our wee library, and now we are counting the sleeps till the brand new big shiny Tuam branch opens. Monday 23 July will be the big opening day down at Tuam Street, but Central South City Library will be closing this Sunday 15 July to give us time to pack up properly.

It’s been a great year down here – we’ve got used to working in a ‘small but perfectly formed’ space; made friends with the supermarket staff and the yummy sushi people; built a solid core of regular and committed computer users who arrive every morning at 9am on the dot; had so many great conversations with customers about books and libraries and snow and quakes and all things ChurChur; got to know all our lovely Sumner and Redcliffs customers who arrive on the shuttle each week; become a regular part of so many people’s lives …

Central South City Library Central South City Library opening day
We will be very sad to leave, and we know that you guys will miss us being here (because you’ve told us!) Come and say goodbye until Sunday, and then we can all count the sleeps together until Tuam Street opens, and we will see you there on Monday the 23rd!

The Displaced Reader finds a home

Central South City Library opening dayYes, folks, it’s true.  Our wandering days may soon be over, at least for a few months.  We are hanging up our car keys and bus tickets, and settling in to the latest (and, we like to think, shiniest) library in Christchurch.  Central South City is where it’s at, tucked into a corner at South City Shopping Centre, right next to the New World supermarket.

At 9am this morning, with eager crowds already waiting outside, we opened the roller door, and welcomed everyone in.  The library is (in what seems to be the phrase of the month) small but perfectly formed, and holds about 7000 items.  Most of these are newer titles, and there’s a range of popular material, including a great DVD collection.  There’s a lovely kids’ corner, complete with climbing monkeys, sparkly palm trees and bins full of picture books.  There are a couple of purple armchairs, and desks for reading or working, and great views of the mall from the big picture window.

Although Central South City won’t have magazines or music collections, we’ve got pretty much everything else that the other bigger libraries have, and by late next week we will also have internet computers, printing facilities and wireless available.  It’s beyond great for this displaced librarian to be back in her natural habitat, and playing with all the shiny new books, and chatting with customers, and doing all the things that librarians do.

All we need now is for you to drop in, check out the new library, have a chat and grab some reading for the weekend.  We’re open 9 to 6 weekdays, and from 10 – 5 weekends, so there’s really no excuse for you not to come.   We’ll even let you buy yourself a cup of coffee at the foodcourt next door when you’re leaving …