Sumner Library / Te Kete Wānanga o Kōhua
Current library service in Sumner
The Mobile Library makes scheduled stops in Sumner, for details go to the Mobile Library timetable. There is a library returns drop box in the rose garden next to the library which is cleared Monday to Friday.
Sumner Library demolished
Demolition of the earthquake-damaged Sumner Library began in mid-January, 2013 and was completed by the end of the month. This is the first library in the Christchurch City Libraries libraries network to be demolished in many years. A temporary library service continues via the mobile van which parks on the Esplanade by Cave Rock. A proposed Sumner Library, Museum and Community Hub is under consideration by the Christchurch City Council. Read the Wednesday 9 January 2013 media release.
Sumner Library history
Sumner Library has a long and proud history of service to its community. There has been a library in Sumner since 1883. The local community ran the library for 114 years until it joined Canterbury Public Library in 1997. For a more detailed history go to this Sumner Library history page.
Sumner Library information
- What has happened at Sumner Library?
- Beginning on Monday 29 October, 2012, library stock, IT equipment and shelving was removed from the library, which has been closed since it was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. There were approximately 18,000 items in the library’s collection. None of the stock was damaged as the building remained watertight.This stock has been moved to another site where it will be stored. Much of that stock has gone back into circulation across the library network.
- What does the future hold?
- The Council is still working through options which will determine the future of the library. A proposed Sumner Library, Museum and Community Hub was recently identified as one of the Council’s top 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding, further investigations and, where possible, repairs. Work is continuing to look at how this proposal could proceed. The draft Sumner Village Centre Master Plan will be an important part of any decision-making.
Te Kete Wānanga o Kōhua
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