Library opening hours in semester two

I am pleased to announce that the City Campus library will be returning to our usual hours of operation starting from the beginning of semester two.



From Monday the 20th July the Library will be open:

Monday-Friday      7 am-8 pm

 Saturday                  10 am-5 pm

     Sunday                    12 noon-5 pm

We also welcome back our Student Assistant Team (SALT) for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown. You will see them working around the library from 7 am on the Monday after the semester break.

Our opening hours are extended from semester two….


From all of us in the library we wish you a restful semester break and look forward to seeing you soon.


Library opening hours for the rest of Semester One


For the remainder of Semester One the Library at City Campus will be open from:

8am to 5pm Monday to Friday

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Entrance to the Library at City Campus


We are happy to announce that on-campus computer suites can now be accessed after the Library closes for the day. Please note you will require your Ara ID card to enter buildings on campus after 5 pm.

We will resume our normal hours of operation from the beginning of the new semester.

From Monday the 21st July our opening hours will be:

7 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday

10 am to 5 pm Saturday

12 noon to 5 pm Sunday.


Our usual hours will resume form July 21st 2020

We apologise for any inconvenience our shortened hours may have caused over the last weeks and look forward to returning to our full service hours in the new semester.

Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2020

Both branches of Ara Library will be closed from 5 pm on Friday 29th May –  8am on Tuesday 2nd June as it is the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

The Queen’s Birthday public holiday is held on the first Monday in June. New Zealand has ten statutory holidays, of which Queen’s Birthday is one.

Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is actually on 21 April, but it is celebrated on various dates across the Commonwealth of Nations to fit with each country’s roster of public holidays.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II – Queen of New Zealand


Those who have the day off will spend it with family or friends or will use the long weekend as a opportunity for a extended holiday away. It is an excellent opportunity to spend time in the outdoors before winter fully sets in.

Queen’s Birthday also sees the announcement of the Honours’ List where the Queen makes appointments to the Order of New Zealand including Orders of Merit, Dames, Knights, Companions, Officers and more. These appointments are nearly always based on a person’s services to the community or the nation in sport, business, charity, the uniformed services and arts.

The New Zealand Order of Merit


We will resume our usual hours from 8 am on Tuesday 2nd June.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing long weekend.




Library availability over the Easter break

Once again and despite the Covid 19 situation Easter is upon us.


No doubt Easter 2020 will be one to remember as we cannot do the usual things we would be doing at this time of the year…visiting our friends & family, going on vacation, Autumn trips into the back country or for those who are religious going to church.

Stay home this Easter….the outdoors will still be there after Covid 19 is defeated…

Despite our requirement to stay isolated we can still celebrate the holiday with those in our social bubble. This Easter break why don’t you plan a special Easter meal, go for a local walk/bike ride with your bubble, contact a friend or family member to check their status or just stay home & treat yourself to a stress free day or two.

Why not have a festive Easter meal over the holidays….

Here at Ara Library we will also be celebrating the Easter break so we will not be available from Friday the 10th April through to Tuesday 14th April. We will be monitoring our communication channels (both phone and online) but will not be able to answer any inquiries until the morning of Wednesday the 15th April.

From all of us here at Ara Library we wish you a happy Easter and we look forward to assisting you after the holidays.

Finally, please remember this Easter to stay home to fight COVID-19…


Christmas holiday hours 2019/2020

The Christmas holiday season and the end of the academic year are upon us. As a part of the holiday break over December and January our hours of operation will be changing.

For the period Monday 16th December 2019 -Sunday 26th January 2020 the Library will observe the following hours:



Our normal hours of operation will resume on Monday 3rd February 2020. Please note we will be closed on Thursday the 6th February for Waitangi Day.

From all of us at the Library we wish you a safe and happy Summer break.


Ara closed for Canterbury Anniversary Day, Friday the 15th November

Canterbury Anniversary Day (Show Day) is on Friday the 15th November so Ara Institute of Canterbury (Christchurch and Ashburton campuses only) will be closed for the day. Canterbury Anniversary Day commemorates the founding of Canterbury Province in the 1850’s.

Emily Harper Christchurch from near the Gloucester Street Bridge 1857. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū,

If you have no plans for the public holiday why not take a break and immerse yourself in all things rural by heading to the New Zealand Agricultural Show at their Canterbury Agricultural Park near Halswell.



Approximately 100,000 people visit the show which runs from 13th-15th November and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Attractions in 2019 include; food, drink, live music performances, circus acts, equestrian events, carnival rides, wood chopping and livestock competitions.

The 2018 Agricultural Show, New Zealand Agricultural Show website


A visit to the Show is a great day out for both adults and children…


New Zealand Agricultural Show: map of the Addington Grounds

For more information about the show go to the New Zealand Agricultural Show website.

The Library will be open as usual on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of November. Have a great break on Friday…..

Labour Day Holiday: Monday 28th October 2019

Monday the 28th October 2019 is Labour Day. All Ara library branches will be closed on Monday. We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday the 29th October.

Labour Day has been a public holiday in New Zealand since 1900 and commemorates the struggle for the 8-hour working day and worker’s rights.


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Slogan of the early Labour movement..8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest….

While many people will still be working the day can also be used for a multitude of alternate things. If the weather is pleasant, it can become a day of family outings and impromptu sporting events. You could stroll around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, go to a cafe for a meal, have a picnic or spend time in the outdoors.

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens…lovely at this time of the year


From all of us here at Ara Library we hope you have a calm & restful holiday.


Library closed for Queens Birthday Holiday, Monday 3rd June 2019

All Ara library branches will be closed on Monday the 3rd June as we celebrate the Queens Birthday holiday. Here is some more information about the Queens Birthday celebration.

City Campus library will be closed on June the 3rd…


The official head of state of New Zealand is the Monarch of the Commonwealth Realms, Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch’s birthday is officially celebrated in New Zealand.

Queen Elizabeth II, Monarch of New Zealand

Her representative in New Zealand is the Governor General, who has symbolic and ceremonial roles but is not involved in the day-to-day running of the government.

The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, but it is celebrated as a public holiday on the first Monday of June through an Act of Parliament.

Public Life

The Queen’s Birthday is a public holiday in New Zealand & many people will have the day off. Schools, government offices, and many businesses will be closed.

The Queen’s Honours list is released around the time of the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. This list has hundreds of recipients: from the military, emergency services, politics and civilian life who are honoured and recognized for their public service.


Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit, or CNZM. One of the Queens Birthday Honours

What Do People Do?

The Queen’s birthday holiday is held on the first Monday of June.

Those who have the day off will spend it with family or friends or will use the long weekend as a opportunity for a extended holiday away. It is an excellent opportunity to spend time in the outdoors before winter fully sets in. The Queens Birthday weekend also marks the official opening of the ski season in New Zealand.

I would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday from all of us in the Library.

Library hours over the Easter Weekend/ANZAC Day break

All campuses of Ara Institute of Canterbury will be closed over the Easter break. We will also be closed on Thursday 25th April to observe the ANZAC Day commemorations.

The following are the hours at our City campus, Madras Street campus.


Our Library Services at Manawa campus will be closed from Friday 19th April to Friday 26th April. Normal services resume at Manawa on Monday 29th April.

Our Library Services on the Timaru campus will be available on Wednesday 24th April and Friday 26th April from 8am to 5pm over the Easter break. Normal library hours will resume from Monday 29th April at Timaru campus.

This year is unique because Easter Weekend and ANZAC Day are separated by only one workday. Most businesses, tertiary providers and government departments will therefore be open on Wednesday the 24th April and Friday the 26th April.


The Library’s normal hours of operation at City campus, Christchurch  will resume from Friday 26th April.

From all of us in the Library, we hope you enjoy your break!