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New Brighton Library

General Information

213 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8061

03 941 7923

Opening Times - Check before visiting as might change

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. Te Kete Wānanga o Karoro | New Brighton Library is located on the beach and has extraordinary views out to the South Pacific Ocean. 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 also free computers and a suite of creative technologies, like a 3D printer and a direct to garment printer. Our team is here to help you use any or all of our resources although you may just want to sit and enjoy the view. This building also gives access to the Pier.
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
We always have staff roving in the library and we are very happy for you to simply approach us or to come to you. This is not a quiet library and you are welcome to call out or wave to us for help. There are many seating options around the library including close to our main service areas. A wheelchair is available for you to borrow while using the library if you prefer.
Level Access
It is about 60 meters from the closest disabled carpark to the main door of the library. Access to the automated door is via a ramp up from the street level carpark. A lift gives access to the first floor and the pier. Direct access to the pier and the first floor of the library is available via a ramp from the raised public car park south of the library, a distance of more than 200m. The doors from the pier into the building do allow access for standard size wheelchairs and mobility scooters, however these doors can be very heavy depending on the wind pressure.
The nearest accessible carparking space is at street level just south of the library, about 60 meters away. There is a ramp from the carpark to the library entrance. There is a drop-off zone that is closer to the entrance but only if you are able to climb steps, otherwise we recommend using the nearest accessible park.
Urgent Toilet Access
There are two toilets for men and two for women in the foyer of the building. There is also an accessible toilet in the foyer. We have a toilet connected to the parenting room at the other end of the library that you can use. There are no toilets on the first floor of the building.
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. There are sometimes Reading to Dogs programmes in the library. Dogs taking part in these programmes are trained education dogs and are always accompanied by an Animal Management Officer. Untrained 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 learn NZSL.
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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