Central Library Manchester – coming soon

Photo of Central Library ManchesterOur new temporary Central Library Manchester is scheduled to open Monday 20 January 2014.

It is on the corner of Manchester and Allen Street – close to Moorhouse Avenue. It may also be the only library in New Zealand with a view of a Harley-Davidson shop.

There will be a bit of a collection shuffle as part of this move. Ngā Pounamu Māori and Ngāi Tahu collections at Central Library Peterborough will be unavailable from Monday 13 January to Sunday 19 January 2014 inclusive. Family History, microfilm and microfiche collections at Central Library Peterborough will be unavailable from Thursday 16 January to Sunday 19 January 2014 inclusive. These collections will be available at Central Library Manchester when it opens.

Central Library Manchester will be the place to go for researchers, especially those needing our Māori and Family History resources.

Central Library Tuam is closing on Friday 1 November

FrontOur Central Library Tuam is closing for good in under a fortnight. It closes its doors on 6 pm, 1 November 2013 to make way for the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

In late January 2014, Central Library Manchester will open at 36 Manchester Street (on the corner of Allen Street). In the meantime, our wonderful Central Library Peterborough is still open.

Things to know

  • Books borrowed from Central Library Tuam can be returned to any city library.
  • From 1 November holds previously placed for pick up at Central Library Tuam will be available from Central Library Peterborough (91 Peterborough Street). You can change your holds pickup location in the catalogue too.

What will be at Central Library Manchester?

When it opens in late January, it will house the following collections:

  • Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Nga Pounamu Maori
  • Local Government (historical agendas, minutes)

Family History resources currently split between the Central Libraries Tuam and Peterborough will be consolidated at Central Library Manchester. They include electoral rolls, microfiche newspaper files, and telephone and business directories.

Central Library Manchester will also offer:

  • General fiction, nonfiction, best sellers and biographies
  • Large print and talking books
  • Graphic novels
  • Young adult titles
  • 80 Magazine titles
  • Newspapers (primarily NZ titles)

Due to limited space at Central Library Manchester there will be no children’s section (Central Library Peterborough will have an extended children’s area ).

The DVD and CD collections will be reduced.

What will be at Central Library Peterborough?

Central Library Peterborough
Much of the current collection at Peterborough Street will remain unchanged. It will also offer:

  • World languages and ESOL material will now include Asian language items previously at Central Library Tuam.
  • Music scores
  • Extended Children’s collection
  • Extended CD collection.

Motor vehicle manuals will be held in storage but can be requested for use at Peterborough.

New Central Library

The two temporary inner city libraries will continue to service the inner city until a new Central Library is built. Sited in Gloucester Street with a Cathedral Square frontage it is due to open in 2016/2017 and the Christchurch City Council will give residents an opportunity to have a say about the services they would like it to deliver.