Digital Library Tiki Tour

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.

City of Christchurch, central area, 1978, CCLMaps 221674
City of Christchurch, central area, 1978, CCLMaps 221674

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.

RBDigital magazines has hundreds of digital magazines including many popular New Zealand titles on wide range of subjects.

Here’s a peek at my shelf of RBDigital eMags.

Make connections in your community

Explore local content

We have a strong focus on Christchurch heritage. Have a look at the following resources:

Discover more digitised resources.

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Pin Group, 25 Cents, VolksWagens, CCL-Ephemera-Music-Rock-1980s-Poster0002

Find out about services

Keep up–to–date

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uncover – huraina

Play in the catalogue

Search our catalogue to find books, images, music, magazines, DVDs and more. Use a catalogue app on your mobile.

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.

The Christchurch City Council website: things to do in summer

PhotoChristchurch City Council City & Leisure has a full list of council web pages featuring leisure options.   This may be news to some of our customers so while everyone’s in a holiday mood  remember to showcase this fun aspect of the Christchurch City Council website.

Each page has lots of links to further council pages and to useful non-council sites in columns to the left and right of the main text.

Events & Festivals has links to the iconic festivals in Christchurch:  Ellerslie International Flower Show, World Buskers Festival and sporting events such as the SBS Marathon.  Community events include Garden City SummerTimes and Matariki.

BeThere promotes large public events attracting at least 500 people such as Guy Fawkes Night or the recent Ron Mueck Exhibition.

Arts and Culture has links to Christchurch heritage, Our City O-Tautahi and Art in the City

Parks and Walkways includes the Botanic Gardens, parks around Christchurch, park walks, river and water walks.  Check the Parks and Reserves A-Z for the location, size and any amenities of all the city parks, including the little ones.

Walking includes the Walk n Talk programmes, Sunday Walk and tips for walking.

Leisure clubs for older adults and Holiday programmes for children are on the Community Services page.

Don’t forget  Recreation and Sport Facilities for a rundown of what’s available at the pools and fitness centres.

Gillian Calvert
New Brighton Library