Branch Library

Our branch library is currently located in room 6, Richmond Primary School but is now closed.

Our usual library hours are:

  • Thursdays, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Saturdays, 2 pm – 4 pm

As we have to move from Richmond School, the branch library closed on Thursday 17 July. We hope to be reopening at Parkview Community Lounge, Parklands, on Saturday 9 August for extended hours of 10 am – 4 pm. Location details will be available shortly.

Book Sale

As the rooms we are moving to at Parklands are smaller than the space we have at Richmond, we are taking the opportunity to weed out some of the little used material, or material that is readily available at Christchurch City Libraries. These will be available for purchase at our July meetings.

View the list of available titles.

Resources available at the library:

  • internet-connected computers
  • microfiche including NZ BDM 1840-1990, divorce information extracted from NZ Truth and an index to petitions to Parliament 1854-1975
  • CD-Rom indexes including NZ Burial Locator, NZ Marriages 1836-1956, Passenger Lists – Victoria, Australia Outwards to New Zealand 1852-1923, and many more
  • many useful books to help you with your family history
  • Canterbury school admission registers and school histories – these are a wonderful source for information about our families
  • local parish registers and cemetery transcripts
  • many other historical resources.

If you have any questions about the library holdings, or would like to know more about being a volunteer helper in the library, contact our librarian, Jan Slater, on (03) 354 6494, email, or call into the library on Thursday or Saturday to see what is involved.

Some Key Library Holdings

These are in pdf format.


Canterbury Branch is an Affiliate Library of FamilySearch, a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FamilySearch microfilms and microfiche can be ordered to be read at the Branch Library.

The FamilySearch website has an extensive online Family History Library catalogue.

Once you have found the item(s) you want, you can place your order online with FamilySearch.

Before placing your first order online, you must register with the FamilySearch website and get your own free login and password.

Points to note when setting up a new FamilySearch account:

  • Select which Family History Centre you wish to view the film or fiche at.  (This can be one of the three NZSG Affiliated Libraries (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch) or any of the other Family History Centres available.)
  • You must provide your personal address.  (This is NOT used as a delivery address.  The items will be delivered to the Affiliate Library or Family History Centre of your choice.)
  • You must use your credit card to pay.