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Ōrauwhata Bishopdale Library

General Information

13 Bishopdale Court, Bishopdale Shopping Centre, Farrington Avenue

03 941 7923

Opening Times - Check before visiting as might change

9-6 Weekdays, 10-1 Saturdays

Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi | Christchurch City Libraries are all about connecting people, inspiring discovery and enriching communities. We provide programmes, facilities and resources, so that you can access a world of ideas and imagination. You can use our spaces to study, create, have fun or meet with other people. Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre is situated in the the Bishopdale Mall at the Raleigh Avenue end. We have a collection of books, magazines and AV materials for all ages that you are welcome to borrow. Find out more about te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori in Ngā Pounamu Māori and many other cultures in our wider collections. There are free public computers to use and ample places to log in to the library Wi-Fi on your own device. We have two outdoor decks with tables and chairs you are most welcome to use to soak up the sunshine. We also have two meeting rooms, one of which can be booked in advance. Our team is here to help you use any or all of our resources.
Notes for Cardholders

We can offer concession memberships to Hāpai Access Card Holders which include extended borrowing times and waiving of usual fees associated with our Audio-Visual collections: DVDs, CDS and Talking Book items and certain items for hold requests.

Your support person has free access to any paid activity that you are attending.

Standing and Queuing
There are always staff out and about in the library and we are very happy to assist you. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need assistance. We are approachable and a wave out will get our attention. There are a number of seating areas around the library and in the foyer and a wheelchair is available should you need one.
Level Access
There are 2 disabled parking spots directly in front of the library and another 6 parks 15 meters along the pavement from the front automatic doors to the building. Access to the library foyer and into the library proper is through automatic doors that both sit flush at ground level. These accommodate both wheelchairs and large electric mobility scooters. There is a disabled toilet in the foyer as you enter the building.
The nearest disabled car park is at street level directly in front of the library. A wheelchair is available or you to borrow while using the library if you prefer. We are happy to bring the wheelchair out to you if you call ahead.
Urgent Toilet Access
There are toilets for both men and women in the foyer of the building. There is also a disabled toilet in the foyer. The parenting facility (change table) is also in the disabled toilet.
Disability Assist Dogs
Assistance dogs are very welcome in the library. If your dog is thirsty please let us know and we will provide water for them. No other dogs are not allowed in the library.
Essential Companions
Entry is free, so your companion is warmly welcomed. Your support person enjoys complimentary access to any paid activity you attend
Difficulty Accessing Visual Information
We are happy to spend time with you to understand what you need and to introduce you to library buildings, services and information in a way that suits you. There is always a space in the building that is quieter where we can work with you.
Difficulty Accessing Audible Information
We have time to listen and talk with you in a way that works for you. We are familiar with and some our team are NZSL learners. We will do our best to ensure we understand your needs.
Hidden Disabilities
We will ask if there is any way we can help you during your visit. We will follow your lead to make sure you have the best possible experience in our library.
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