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Christchurch’s $92.7m public library set to open this October

The new $NZ92.7 million ($A89m) Tūranga public library, the ‘most modern’ and largest in the South Island of New Zealand, will officially open to visitors on 12 October this year.

The five-storey central library in Christchurch will be the flagship for the Christchurch City Libraries network, supporting 19 community, digital, and mobile libraries, and an expected 3000 visitors per day.

Head of libraries and information at the city council Carolyn Robertson said that it was exciting to see the project near completion after years of planning and significant community input.

‘More than 2400 public ideas helped shape the final plan, and many of those ideas are now literally taking shape inside the building. To see it all coming together is amazing. I think people are going to be very proud of their new central library,’ said Robertson.

Two temporary central libraries at Manchester and Peterborough streets in Christchurch will be closed, with their entire collections relocated to the Tūranga library, in the lead up to the opening.

For more information on the Tūranga library, click here.

 

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