Learning and discovery are the cornerstones of the third floor of Tūranga, the new central library.
The Tūhuratanga Discovery floor on level 3 houses the non-fiction collection with thousands of books on a huge range of subjects.
Staff on this floor are able to provide expert help to visitors using print and online resources (including eBooks and databases) for research or recreation.
“Whatever your interest or passion is, there will be a world of new things for you to explore, discover and learn on the Tūhuratanga Floor,” says Team Leader Catherine Early. “Our staff are so excited to be able to welcome people into this beautiful space in the heart of our city and to show them all the amazing things on offer.”
Tūhuratanga will also host a range of programmes where people can learn new skills and meet others in a welcoming environment. They include technology drop-in sessions, adult craft groups and more to come.
There are 14 public internet computers and for those who want a low-key space to read or study, there is a separate room called ‘The Quiet Place’. There is also a meeting room that can be booked, two study rooms and comfortable seating for reading or relaxing.
Ms Early says the collections, programmes and technology on the third floor are designed to inspire people, just like the new central library as a whole.
“We want locals to feel very proud when they come here because Tūranga is world-class. I hope Christchurch residents will feel a real sense of belonging in their library.”
Tūranga is due to open on Friday 12 October. Its usual weekday opening hours will be from 9am to 8pm although the ground floor will be open from 8am. At weekends Tūranga will be open from 10am to 5pm.