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Libraries to open for an extra 36½ hours

08/02/05

Libraries to open for an extra 36½ hours each week

Christchurch City Libraries are extending their opening hours from Monday 28 February, including the launch of a seven-day service at key libraries around the city. The extended hours will provide improved access for everyone, but particularly for people at work during the week and for families wanting to visit the library together at weekends.

Many libraries will now be open from 9am on weekdays and will stay open later throughout the week. Central Library will now open an hour earlier on weekdays, from 9am to 9pm, and at weekends from 10am to 4pm, an extra eight hours every week. Visits to the Central Library are also easier by taking advantage of the free one hour parking at the Farmers car park (entrance behind the library on Oxford Terrace).

Between them, the 13 Christchurch City Libraries will be open for an extra 36½ hours each week. Central, Shirley, South Christchurch and New Brighton libraries will open on Sundays from 10am to 4pm, providing easy access to a library on Sundays no matter where you live in the city. If its resource consent is granted, Fendalton library will also offer extended weekend service for residents in the west of the city. Weekend hours at South Christchurch and New Brighton libraries have already proved to be an overwhelming success with local residents favouring the increased flexibility and reduced congestion at peak times.

Library members can also access Christchurch City Libraries’ digital library 24 hours a day at library.christchurch.org.nz, including checking account details, searching the catalogue, reserving items online, browsing databases and exploring Christchurch’s heritage.

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