The Digital Library is a branch of our network, it’s open 24 hours and 7 days. You can visit it from a physical library, or from home, or anywhere you are. This Tiki Tour takes a trip around our online offerings.
Finding your way around
Our homepage is structured like this:
Top navigation includes a search box, Hours and Location info, your login, and content sorted into About, Explore, eResources, What’s on and Learning.
Explore pages let you browse new stuff and relevant blog posts and info — see the popular Kids Explore menu for an example.
The main homepage is made up of content cards sorted into channels. These are moveable, so the homepage doesn’t always look the same. The library’s main event has the prime “hero” spot. There is a feed of the latest blog posts, and the events calendar.
Channels pull together content cards on a topic. See our Recommended channel.
The footer links to important info and contact details.
Dip into eResources
Your library card and password/PIN give you access to eResources. Try:
PressReader is a large digital newspaper and magazine library. Full-page replicas of current print editions, including editorial content, graphics and advertising.
OverDrive is a free eBook and eAudiobook collection.
Zinio for Libraries has hundreds of digital magazines including many popular New Zealand titles on wide range of subjects.
Make connections in your community
Explore local content
We have a strong focus on Christchurch heritage. Have a look at the following resources:
- Kete Christchurch
- Tī Kōuka Whenua Māori history in Ōtautahi
- Christchurch people and places
- Early Christchurch images
- Christchurch street and place names
- Historical maps
- Christchurch rock music posters from the 1980s
- Ballantynes’ Fire
- Parker–Hulme murder case
Discover more digitised resources.
Find out about services
- Read Library news
- Browse what is new and updated on the website
- Subscribe to our regular email newsletters
- Library users are sent a quarterly email
- Read the library’s mag uncover – huraina
- Browse our RSS feeds
- Read our monthly New titles
Play in the catalogue
You can make booklists, rate books, write reviews, and share your opinions on our social catalogue.
Library blog posts can connect into the catalogue, and we can also link events so if you are searching for a book by Clementine Ford, you’ll see that she’s here in Christchurch in September.
Staff Pickles is a team of librarians that aim to bring you recommendations with flavour. The Pickles share booklists, book reviews, and blog posts – all about the books, movies, TV, and music they love, and you can ask them for reading recommendations.
Here’s me and my latest recommendations and faves:
Connect with social media
Need more help?
For more help, contact our helpful librarians.