Branch Library

Our branch library is located at Parkview Community Lounge, 75 Queenspark Drive, Parklands. See our Location page for maps and travel details for getting to our library.

Our library hours are:

  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 12 noon – 3 pm
  • 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 1 pm – 3 pm

excluding public holidays and public holiday weekends.

We can open the library by arrangement for visitors to Christchurch – email if you would like to arrange a time.

Microfiche readersResources 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 Kiwi Index v. 1, NZ Burial Locator, NZ Marriages 1836-1956, Passenger Lists – Victoria, Australia Outwards to New Zealand 1852-1923, and many more
  • an extensive book collection to give background information on the places and time your ancestors may have lived in New Zealand or overseas
  • Canterbury school admission registers and school histories – these are a wonderful source for information about our families. See our Research page for information on requesting a school admission register look-up.
  • 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 during our opening hours to see what is involved.

Library Catalogue

Our library catalogue is available to search on Computer 1 in the Chadbury Room. There is also a printout of all books, microfiche and CD-ROMs in the catalogue as at 31 May 2018. This printout is also available in pdf format below. Use Ctrl-F to search for a particular word in the title.

Some Key Library Holdings

These are in pdf format.