Te Whare Pukapuka Matua
The new Central Library will be a much larger central library, the Christchurch City Council having recognised the need to double the existing space to bring its facility in line with other comparable metropolitan libraries in Australasia. The Central Library has been placed to integrate with the new Convention Centre and the Square.
The new library will be the city’s hub for knowledge, heritage materials, recreational reading and listening. It will provide easy access to digital technologies, local heritage collections, and provide exhibition and performance spaces.
It will be a learning centre with spaces to relax – indoors and outdoors – and activities to entertain and educate young people.
Libraries are integral to developing strong communities, being places where cultural diversity is celebrated and communities are engaged, inspired and informed.
Christchurch has a proud history of investing in libraries and is committed to re-establishing this public facility. The Central Library will continue to house some of the country’s most important collections of books and audio-visual material.
- will be located near the Convention Centre and the Square;
- will be developed by the CCC and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, CERA and NGOs.