The library offers an extensive range of resources. Search for books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs and journal articles by entering keywords into Primo Library Search.

In Primo Library Search you can :

Please note that overdue books incur fines. Ara students are also eligible to borrow from other tertiary libraries.

Distance students can have library books posted to them using the off-campus request system.

If you know the name of the database you need, go to Databases A-Z.

If you are not sure which database has journal articles on your topic, go to the Subject Guides to find the recommended databases by subject.

For more downloadable information on using our resources go to the "How Do I" guides.

You can also book a group study room in the Library or Learning Commons at Timaru, Manawa and Christchurch, Madras Street campuses.

Like us on Facebook to keep up with what's new in the Library and follow our Library blog.

Try our online chat service called Ask Live, to ask us a question during opening hours.

If you can’t find the book or journal article you are looking for please email the APA reference citation for the article or book to . If we don’t own it, we can usually get it for you from another library. This is called an interloan and is a free service which can take a week or more to supply.

Our opening hours

City campus, Madras Street, Christchurch
Monday to Friday 7am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Manawa campus, 276 Antigua Street, Christchurch 
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday to Sunday Closed

Woolston campus, Ensors Road, Christchurch 
Monday to Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 4.30pm
Saturday to Sunday Closed

Timaru campus, Arthur Street, Timaru
Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday to Sunday Closed

Contact us

Phone: 03 940 8089 or 0800 24 24 76 and ask for the library

Address: Library, Ara City Campus, Madras Street, PO Box 540, Christchurch 8140, NZ

Our locations

City campus, Christchurch

Find the Library in the Rakaia Centre atrium (L block) at the City campus on Madras Street.  Librarians are available to help you find resources.  Look for our red lanyards.

Manawa campus, Christchurch

Find library support in the Learning Commons (Ground floor) at the Manawa campus at 276 Antigua Street.

Woolston campus, Christchurch

Find the Library in the Student Services building at Woolston campus.  There are no library staff at Woolston campus but you can issue your own books using the self-issue machine.  See the Student Services reception if you have any problems and they can contact the library to help you or ring us directly at 0800242476 and ask for the library. 

Timaru campus

Find the Library in A Block, on Arthur Street. Staff are available to help students in the Library on Timaru campus.

Oamaru and Ashburton  campuses

Oamaru and Ashburton campus students and distance students may make an off-campus request using the Primo Library Search.  Your requests will be posted directly to your home address. The Library also supplies a label for freepost return of library materials.

If you have any questions or need help finding resources for your assignment please contact us at or phone (03)940 8089.  We are open 7 days.