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Christchurch City Council Media Release 18 April 2001

Library launches new-look website

On Wednesday 18 April, Christchurch City Libraries will unveil its new-look website -

The development of the new site is an exciting milestone for the library, which has always been at the forefront of technology. Its original website was launched in 1995, making it the first library in Australasia to have an internet presence.

The redevelopment of the site is in response to changing technology and customer needs. Designed to take the library into homes, workplaces and schools, the new site is faster, more colourful and easier to use.

"Customers can access their accounts, check what they have on loan and find out when it's due back," said Sasha Bowers, the library's Promotions & Publications Co-ordinator. They can also check the library catalogue to see if the title they want is available before taking a trip to their local library, or place a reserve if it isn't."

The options seem endless. You can read international newspapers online, browse through thousands of magazines, and find quality, handpicked information at the click of a mouse. Local history is brought to life through pages dedicated to the people, places and events that have shaped our city and province. And if you're looking to join a community group, study or learn a new skill, the library's CINCH database provides all the details you need.

"Customers can read online book reviews, check out the new titles added to the library and find out what's happening at their local library," said Sasha Bowers. "We also have a Kidstuff page, which provides facts and fun for children."

The launch of the site coincides with the introduction of a host of new electronic products. These include on-line magazines, newspapers, the Oxford Dictionary and encyclopaedias, plus science, music, art, biography and literature databases. They can be used free of charge at Christchurch City Libraries and are available over the internet to library members with a PIN.


Photo opportunity: See the library's website in action at a local high school and find out what the students think. To arrange, or for more information, please contact:

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