Christchurch's New Central Library

Welcome to Christchurch's new Central Library on Your Voice. This is where you can get regular project updates and also find out about any opportunities to provide feedback and help shape your new Central Library!

The 2,400 ideas received during the last year’s Your Library, Your Voice campaign had a big influence on plans for the $85 million building which is expected to open in 2018.

Along with digital, specialist and print collections the Central Library will have a cafe, 200-seat community arena, exhibition space, outdoor terraces, and areas for families, children and youth.

For more information, visit the Council website

Welcome to Christchurch's new Central Library on Your Voice. This is where you can get regular project updates and also find out about any opportunities to provide feedback and help shape your new Central Library!

The 2,400 ideas received during the last year’s Your Library, Your Voice campaign had a big influence on plans for the $85 million building which is expected to open in 2018.

Along with digital, specialist and print collections the Central Library will have a cafe, 200-seat community arena, exhibition space, outdoor terraces, and areas for families, children and youth.

For more information, visit the Council website

Project Updates

  • Central Library Collections - What items will make the library unique?

    8 days ago

    Library staff have recently completed user group discussions to develop some draft principles for deciding what print and digital items are held in new Central Library. We are asking for your feedback on the principles, so that we can ensure that Central Library collections meet expectations and set Central Library apart from our community libraries.

    The draft principles for collections in the new Central Library, is to offer customers:

    comprehensive collections that include both classic and contemporary material

    specialist collections not available elsewhere in the Christchurch City Libraries’ network

    a region wide collection in which the stories of Ōtautahi are gathered, honoured and preserved

    physical and digital materials available in a variety of formats

    These principles outline the need for extensive and sizeable collections that cater for all customer interests and needs. To provide feedback, take our Quick Survey. The survey is open until Monday, 4 July.


    Library staff have recently completed user group discussions to develop some draft principles for deciding what print and digital items are held in new Central Library. We are asking for your feedback on the principles, so that we can ensure that Central Library collections meet expectations and set Central Library apart from our community libraries.

    The draft principles for collections in the new Central Library, is to offer customers:

    comprehensive collections that include both classic and contemporary material

    specialist collections not available elsewhere in the Christchurch City Libraries’ network

    a region wide collection in which the stories of Ōtautahi are gathered, honoured and preserved

    physical and digital materials available in a variety of formats

    These principles outline the need for extensive and sizeable collections that cater for all customer interests and needs. To provide feedback, take our Quick Survey. The survey is open until Monday, 4 July.


  • New Central Library ready to go

    18 days ago
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    Development of Christchurch's New Central Library has marked another big milestone, with Christchurch City Council awarding the tender for construction to Southbase Construction Ltd.

    Mayor Lianne Dalziel says that Southbase has been approved as the preferred contractor to deliver the $85 million project, which will not only be Christchurch's Central Library, but a 21st century Knowledge Centre networked locally, nationally and internationally.

    "This is the most exciting announcement I've been involved in as Mayor. This is what the people of Christchurch have said they want to see – our community libraries have always been popular
    ... Continue reading

    Development of Christchurch's New Central Library has marked another big milestone, with Christchurch City Council awarding the tender for construction to Southbase Construction Ltd.

    Mayor Lianne Dalziel says that Southbase has been approved as the preferred contractor to deliver the $85 million project, which will not only be Christchurch's Central Library, but a 21st century Knowledge Centre networked locally, nationally and internationally.

    "This is the most exciting announcement I've been involved in as Mayor. This is what the people of Christchurch have said they want to see – our community libraries have always been popular and beloved, but this will be so much more."

    Mayor Dalziel says she's happy with the process.

    "We narrowed the field down to three excellent design and build tenders from Southbase, Fletcher Construction and Leighs Construction, and we're ultimately very happy to be working with Southbase again. They're a local company who've done outstanding work for the Council that residents can already see, including the Hagley Oval Pavilion and the Christchurch Bus Interchange.

    "We've got Architectus on board designing the library, and Southbase enjoyed a great working relationship with Architectus during creation of the Bus Interchange – so all the pieces are in place for another great collaboration," Mayor Dalziel says.

    New Zealand company Architectus worked in partnership with Danish library design experts schmidt hammer lassen, who have received more than 150 awards for their work which includes 12 libraries internationally and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

    Groundworks began on Monday 22 February on the Cathedral Square site of the old Camelot Hotel, which will clear the way for construction of the facility to begin in earnest later in 2016, once the land is made available by the Crown.

    The Council has committed $75 million to the project.

    "Although the Cost Sharing Agreement included philanthropic funding of $10 million – which was simply a placeholder – the Council has decided that, given that the amount required is significantly less, a better approach is to work with potential corporate and community partners to determine the roles they can play in developing this incredible facility," Mayor Dalziel says.

    "These will be genuine partnerships. We're taking the time to develop some very specific proposals relating to each partner's area of support and are excited about how, together, we can achieve a much-enhanced experience for all Library users. Our aim is to create a world-class environment for all to meet, learn and innovate, and a true digital heart for Christchurch."

  • Images of the new Central Library

    18 days ago
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    See more images of the library design

    Here is what the New Central Library in Cathedral Square will look like when it opens in 2018. The design was inspired by the Canterbury landscape and feedback from the public on what they wanted in the new building. The facade echoes the warm colours and shadows of the Port Hills and the triangular leaves of the native harakeke flax that once grew in swamps around the site.

    The 2,400 ideas received during the last year’s Your Library, Your Voice campaign had a big influence on plans for the $85 million building which... Continue reading

    See more images of the library design

    Here is what the New Central Library in Cathedral Square will look like when it opens in 2018. The design was inspired by the Canterbury landscape and feedback from the public on what they wanted in the new building. The facade echoes the warm colours and shadows of the Port Hills and the triangular leaves of the native harakeke flax that once grew in swamps around the site.

    The 2,400 ideas received during the last year’s Your Library, Your Voice campaign had a big influence on plans for the $85 million building which is expected to open in 2018.

    Along with digital, specialist and print collections the Central Library will have a cafe, 200-seat community arena, exhibition space, outdoor terraces, and areas for families, children and youth.

    For more information, visit the Council website

  • How would you use the New Central Library?

    about 2 years ago
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    The design team are interested to find out how you would use the New Central Library - printed or digital? Online research or asking a librarian? Fill in this quick survey here

    The design team are interested to find out how you would use the New Central Library - printed or digital? Online research or asking a librarian? Fill in this quick survey here

  • What could the New Central Library look like?

    about 2 years ago
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    What do you want the New Central Library to look like on the inside? What do you want it to look like on the outside? 
    Submit your ideas here - you can even upload photos from other libraries and let us know what you like about them. 

    What do you want the New Central Library to look like on the inside? What do you want it to look like on the outside? 
    Submit your ideas here - you can even upload photos from other libraries and let us know what you like about them. 

  • Discussion Forum

    over 2 years ago
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    Discuss your ideas with others in our interactive forum. Topics will change weekly, so be sure to check back in regularly!

    Discuss your ideas with others in our interactive forum. Topics will change weekly, so be sure to check back in regularly!

  • What's Most Important?

    over 2 years ago
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    There are lots of things to consider when designing the New Central Library. Tell us what you think is most important out of this list.

    There are lots of things to consider when designing the New Central Library. Tell us what you think is most important out of this list.

  • How would you travel to the New Central Library?

    over 2 years ago
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    Let us know how you'd like to travel to the New Central Library and what we can do to make your journey easier.

    Let us know how you'd like to travel to the New Central Library and what we can do to make your journey easier.

  • Ask a Question

    over 2 years ago
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    Ask a question about the New Central Library! You can also check out the FAQs, in case your question has already been answered. 

    Ask a question about the New Central Library! You can also check out the FAQs, in case your question has already been answered.