'New set of memories for a new generation' – five-storey, $92 million library opens in Christchurch

Christchurch's new $92 million central library has opened to the public.

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It took an extra three years and millions in funding, but Tūranga will change the face of modern-day libraries. Source: 1 NEWS

Thousands turned out for a first look through Tūranga, which sits next to Cathedral Square.

The five-storey building expands on the traditional idea of a library, adding robots, recording studios, playgrounds and technology to its wide range of books.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says it could be a much-needed boost for the heart of the city.

"Tūranga will create a new set of memories for a new generation in a way I would never have dreamed as a child. It is much more than a library and I think it’s going to transform the central city," she said

"It's a massive game changer in terms of giving people of all ages and interests a reason to come into the centre of town and giving them an inspirational place to meet, learn, create and discover."

The library was gifted the name by the people of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Tūranga was the name where their ancestor lived and now reflects the libraries new home in the heart of the city.