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Puaka-James Hight Building Featuring in Open Christchurch Architectural Festival 2022



The Puaka-James Hight building which houses the Undercroft, Central Library, and Te Pātaka, has been chosen to be part of the 2022 Open Christchurch festival of exceptional architecture.

Open Christchurch is a free, one-weekend-only festival of exceptional architecture. It is open to everyone in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 30 April and 01 May (UC is participating on Sunday 01 May only). Find out more about the Open Christchurch festival here.

What’s happening in Puaka-James Hight?

The building will be open from 11am – 2pm on Sunday 01 May for people to explore our 53-metre-tall beacon of brutalism.
We’ll be offering on demand guided tours, as well as self-guided tour sheets for those who wish to explore on their own.

A display showcasing the architecture, construction, and library history, featuring archival material from our Macmillan Brown Library, will be up in the space between the lifts on level 2 (main entry) of the library.

Pick up one of our Puaka-James Hight postcards or bookmarks (featuring badges and stickers made in our Te Rua Makerspace) as a souvenir of the event.

Can’t make it to the event?

Our display will be up for several weeks after the event. You can also check out our online collection of Puaka-James Hight themed items from our archives on Kā kohika, our art and archives catalogue.

Ngā mihi,                                                                                                                              UC Puna | UC Libraries

UC Puna | UC Libraries Graduation Celebration Competition


Although April Graduation has been postponed, we wanted to do something special for our UC graduates! Show us your best mock graduation fit’ and be in to win 1 of 3 graduation bears!
T’s & C’s apply.

T’s & C’s
– Winners must have completed their qualification at UC in the past 2 years i.e. their conferment date must be 2021 or 2022
– Winners must be currently living in New Zealand
– Winners will be drawn based on best outfit (not a random draw) – we want to see your creativity!
– This competition is open to all graduates from any level of study e.g. Bachelors, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, PhD etc.
– Tag us (@uclibrary) or comment your photo on our original Instagram post
– You can have as many attempts as you like (the more awesome graduation outfit pictures the better!)

Good luck!

Ngā mihi,                                                                                                                               UC Puna | UC Libraries


UC Puna | UC Libraries Closed for Easter break and ANZAC Day

All UC Libraries will be closed for the Easter break and ANZAC Day.

All Libraries will be closed for Easter from Friday 15th and will reopen on Wednesday 20th April. All Libraries will be closed again on Monday 25th April for ANZAC Day. All library services including online assistance such as our AskLIVE instant messaging service, and subject librarian help will also be unavailable during this time.

Please visit our hours page on the library website for Library opening hours.

Easter Library open hours:

Friday 15th April (Good Friday) – All Libraries CLOSED

Saturday 16th April – All Libraries CLOSED

Sunday 17th April (Easter Sunday) – All Libraries CLOSED

Monday 18th April (Easter Monday) – All Libraries CLOSED

Tuesday 19th April (University holiday) – All Libraries CLOSED

All Libraries will reopen on Wednesday 20th April.


ANZAC Day Library open hours:

Monday 25th April (ANZAC Day) – All Libraries CLOSED



We hope you enjoy your break!

Ngā mihi,                                                                                                                              UC Puna | UC Libraries