The site of Christchurch’s New Central Library on the corner of Gloucester Street and Cathedral Square was chosen as part of the Central City Recovery Plan.

Attracting up to 2000 visitors a day, this landmark civic building will add life to the Central City day and night. It will also act as a link to the neighbouring Convention Centre and the Performing Arts Precinct.

Central Library location map

Progress on the New Central Library

8 December 2016: Another milestone in the construction of Christchurch’s new central library was reached this week when the first pre-cast concrete panel was put in place.  Read more here (external link) .

14 March 2016: Development of Christchurch's New Central Library has marked another big milestone, with Christchurch City Council confirming Southbase Construction Ltd. as the preferred contractor. Read more here (external link) .

Following demolition of the Camelot Hotel, the library site in Cathedral Square has been cleared ready for construction to start in 2016. The library is scheduled to open by mid 2018.

 More progress photos can be seen on Christchurch City Libraries' flickr stream (external link) .

Camelot Hotel demolition