Manchester St library opens

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 11:38 20/01/2014
Manchester St library
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JUST OPENED: The new temporary library on the corner of Manchester and Allen streets.

Jack Templeton
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BOOKWORM: Jack Templeton, 7, does some serious reading while waiting for the doors to open.
Manchester St library
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FULL SHELVES: Engrossed visitors check out the new library's offerings.

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Christchurch's newest library has opened today.

The new temporary library on the corner of Manchester and Allen streets opened at 9am, replacing the central library on Tuam St which closed in November to make way for the city's new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

Christchurch City Council libraries and information manager Carolyn Robertson said the Tuam St library was the city's third busiest in terms of visitor numbers, so it was important for the council to maintain library services for inner-city workers, residents and visitors south of Cathedral Square.

The new Manchester St library had consolidated local and family history material in one location, making it easier for genealogists and others carrying out historical research.

The library was also displaying topographical maps from the Aotearoa New Zealand collection that had been in storage since Canterbury's earthquakes.

The maps were popular with hunters and trampers, Robertson said.

The new facility complemented central Christchurch's other temporary library on Peterborough St, which opened after the February 2011 earthquake.

Both libraries would stay open until a permanent central library was built in Cathedral Square in 2017.

Robertson said library users would be given the chance to say what kind of services they wanted the new central library to offer.

"We want to create a truly inspirational place that Christchurch people feel is theirs, and to do this we need their input," she said in a written statement.

Library services were also being extended in the city's eastern suburbs with the Linwood Library at Eastgate mall set to open on Sundays from February 2.

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