• Welcome to CGHS Library page

    Use this page for research, futher reading and great links.

    • General Research

      EPIC databases

        Scroll down to see the databases and their descriptions. An alternative to Google for research. 

      Or start your search with EPIC Discovery:

        Refine your results by keyword or publication search or a NZ specific search. Scroll down to see the options.

      Index New Zealand                                             

               Search the Catalogue or Index NZ or e-resources.         

      (Index NZ note: Great for NZ primary sources but you may not get the info instantly. You have to use the action list and then follow the instructions to get the article or ask Mrs Earnshaw for help. Beware of emails ending up in your spam during this process.)

      Digital NZ

      Te Ara - New Zealand information       

             NZ including history and biography

      NZ History 

        Topics, events, people and places. 

      Papers Past (Early NZ newspapers and publications)

      Access to older newspaper articles - great for history/disaster research.

      Any questions / Many answers

         Ask a question and Many Answers - homework help for NZ students 1-6pm weekdays

      Bridget Williams history collection online

      Great for history research - use this link in school if you are signed into Onstream. At home, use your school sign in.

      • Topic research

        Teenagers - link to a 2018 article about being a Teen in NZ.

        Drinking (NZ) - link to a 2008 article about the "6 o'clock swill" era of early closing in NZ pubs.

        Y9 - Waterways, by pearllibrarian

        Y10 Plastics, by pearllibrarian

        • 2019 Events

          Term 4


          29th Time for summer reading

          Will it be a road trip or a beach vacation this year. Plenty of reading material to borrow.


          It's gone very quiet since the seniors left on Exam leave, however we are still getting a lot of attention for our current display - "Who is your favourite Youtuber". It's fair to say that the Library staff have learnt a lot about 'influencers' as a result!


          Halloween is coming soon. Time to dust off the cobwebs...errr, put on the cobwebs and show off our spooky books. The students had a lot of fun making our resident ghost, and I've noticed that many of our displayed books have already vanished after just a day ... spooky!

          It's World Vegetarian month and the lovely team at SAFE gave us posters and flyers about eating a plant-based diet. We put some of our favourite cookbooks on the display too.

          Term 3



          We have made a whole display around the new book 'Aurora Rising' by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. If you've never heard of these hugely popular YA writers then you might like to check out the books we have in the library. They are bestsellers and it's hard to keep them on the shelf. In fact Aurora went out on the very first day we made the display! #YAfantasyandsciencefictionisamazing


          Te wiki o te reo Māori

          Kia ora! To celebrate Maori Language week we have pulled out of our collection an amazing assortment of te reo books. Every year this collection grows as the language becomes more accessible to all. 


          War - we still study the wars, looking at events, people and places. Many fiction stories are set in one war or another.

          Afghanistan - always in the news with war and atrocities, but there are other parts of the country and they look very like NZ. Here is a chance to show off the literature (and it's a great collection) set in this beautiful, dangerous country.

          Booker Prize books - the best that are printed in the UK/Ireland each year make this highly pretigious list. We have so many from over the years, that we thought we would celebrate the announcement of the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist with a display of past winners. Check it out.


          22nd We are starting to see signs of spring, so we put up our 'Spring' books!

          15th August

          Lang Leav has  a huge following on Instagram for her wonderful poetry. All the books that were requested by the students are out...with the students, however we put up a display anyway!

          2nd August: A busy wet lunch time in the library. More students than seats!


          Week 2: Hosting International week events  - how many small, round sweets can you pick up with chopsticks in 1 minute!


          It is 100 years since the birth of both Sir Edmund Hillary and Colin McCahon were born. Both have contributed greatly to NZ and we celebrated with a display. The school also celebrated 50 years since the purchase of one of McCahon's paintings that hangs on the wall in the Administration block.


          Term 2


          19th Days of the week

          A chance to put together all the books that have 'week' in the title, or that refer to a particular day!

          17th BOOKWEEK

          We are celebrating Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales.

          Our pillars have become trees, we issue through the dragon and all around there myths and legends from different cultures. The harsh overhead lights are muted and the standard lamps are creating a much more gentle atmosphere.



          Decades: Time for Decades study with the Y10s and History with the Y12/13's. The distant past - all the way to 1920!

          Book to Movie: We have so many of these in the library. It seems as though all the best stories are snapped up by Hollywood and (sometimes successfully) made into a blockbuster. It took our library team minutes to fill the display with a book and it's matching film!


          Samoan Language week - we spent a week saying "Talofa" and put up some great pictures of the islands.

          Aliens vs. Faeries - we put this display up, and had fun doing it, but then realised that we don't really have that many books with just aliens or just faires in them! The challenge was on and the students found all sorts of interesting titles.

          So many things happening at the end of Term 1.

          Anzac Day falls in the holiday break, but we will not forget...

          Cultures meet

          We have some great reading about other people, other parts of the world. Step into another life through a book (the student librarians made the amazing decoration for this display).

          Apr 1st

          It was 100 years ago that the students thinking of attending CGHS in 1919 picked up a Prospectus. Inside was everything they needed to know about classes, teachers, uniform, getting to and from school, fees etc. The big differences were: 428 pupils, 23 teachers, situated at Cranmer Square and classes included Typewriting! We included a hat to remind current students how lucky they are that hats are no longer compulsory uniform.


          Mar 5th

          Lots happening, in the same space, all at once, in a 'quiet' lunchtime.


          Feb 28th

          "Time for a story". The 12 books around the clock have two things in in common: they feature a number from 1 to 12; they are in the library for you to borrow. It makes for a great display and the librarians had to use lots of teamwork skills to do it!

          Feb 20th.

          We celebrate NZ writers from our Senior and Junior Fiction collections.

          Feb 15th.

          Taking care of yourself is a very important thing to do. We have a great collection of books that will give you ideas, tips and tricks as you navigate the teen years. Our latest addition to the collection is from an NZ author, Joy Sylvia, called 'Dealing with the crap'.

          Feb 14th.

          Yes, Valentines Day say a sea of pink at CGHS. We have so many books about love and relationships in this library that we were spoilt for choice for our display.

          But wait....not everyone was celebrating love on the 14th. So we put up another display...

          • eBooks


            Why not give it a try? We have a great range online and it's:                    

            • Easy
            • Free
            • Automatic returns
            To get our eBook page, click on the picture.


            Just sign into  Onstream - Students - Library catalogue  or cghs.wheelers.co           

            Learning to read on print or digital. What is your view?

            See what Kristin has to say at Nerdy Book Club




             eBook APP 


            • Search for Wheelers eBooks on your smart phone
            • Select install
            • Search for Christchurch Girls’ High School eBooks
            • Logon using your school sign on
            • Browse and borrow your eBook
            • Your book is issued for two weeks
            • It will automatically return itself for the next borrower
            • If it is out with another borrower, you can place a reserve (hold).

            • Extend your reading

              If you like...

              Love stories - somehow, somewhere the characters in these books are going to find love

              Hunger Games dystopia

              Fantasy (different worlds, dragons, magic)

              I am not Esther - realistic (relationships, everyday life)

              The Fault in our Stars - illness (relationships, family)

              Reading around the world - Seniors

              Still can't find something you like...try these links:

              Best Ever YA Fantasy series

              13 Short YA fiction (shorter than 250 pages and still great stories)

              Or try using this:  A search engine that tells you what authors you’ll enjoy based on similarities in style, tone and topic to your favorites - Try it with John Green and see what comes up!

              • Student Librarians


                Term 3

                26th September

                We farewelled our seniors today. They only have 3 hectic weeks next term, so we got in a bit early to say thank you. They are part of an amazing team of 70 who are such a great help and great company. Our juniors enjoyed the munchies and it was great to see so many in one place.

                Term 2

                2nd July.

                Morning tea and certificates - a time to thank our student librarians for all the effort they put in to making this library hum along. We have 78 on the team at the moment and we are making bookmarks in our quiet moments. It turns out that we have quite a lot of artistic talent in the team. 

                 Head librarians Lea and Lauren awarding certificates and badges.

                Week 8 (17-21 June)

                We have been a busy team this term. Bookweek was a huge build up of activity and creativity and we turned down the fluorescent lighting and enjoyed a dark and peaceful library.


                Term 1

                9th April

                Librarians morning tea.

                We had 55 of our 78 student librarians in one place today. Amazing. Thank you everyone for your hard work, enthusiasm and attendance this term. Looking forward to another one ahead.

                Welcome back to our home page on Onstream. 

                If you would like to be a librarian this year (even if you were helping last year) please come to the library as soon as possible (Week 1) and sign up. We only take on 50 students in the first term and last year we had another 28 on the waiting list. Don't hesitate or you might miss out until Term 2. 

                This year we will decorate the librarians wall with "My favourite activity". Find a pic of the activity (you don't need to be in the picture) and email it to me at library@cghs.school.nz to print. 


                See you all soon and looking forward to another busy, fun year. Mrs Earnshaw.



                Term 4

                The library team has been so busy that we haven't got around to posting updates for a while. Term 3 was a hard study term and now we have exams. The team is mostly studying and on study leave, however are few are still hard at work and here are some recent photos. A reminder that we will be open again for business as soon as you arrive in school next year - sign up quickly as we only take the first 50 names for Term 1, 2019.

                Thanks for all your company and hard work - it was a great year.


                July: It's been a very busy Term 2 with Bookweek in Week 9. You have all been brilliant with the scissors and glue gun, proving once again that with a large enthusiastic team, it is possible to jazz up our decor on a very small budget. Thanks to Mackenzie and the committee for the idea to Host a Murder and all the teams who competed so hard for the prize. Thanks also to our 58 student librarians who bring such vibrance to CGHS library. See you all next term.


                 This is us at Term 2 morning tea (about 20 of the 58!)

                April: We are hosting a morning tea for you all in the library on Tuesday 10th April in B1. Please bring a packet/plate/bag of something easy to eat and we will supply drinks. There will be certificates and badges for those who have completed various service levels and we want a photo of you all for our desk frame - no good having those pesky 2017 Librarians still hogging the limelight! Any questions, just ask. Food can be dropped off first thing on Tues and I promise not to eat it all before you get here (remember it's a Late Start day for you so school starts in P2 although I'll be here as usual from 8am).

                Feb: We have the biggest ever team of student librarians this year and we are very grateful for all the hard work you do in the library to make it such a fun and vibrant space. 

                This year our head librarian is Mackenzie Bremner and our Deputy Head Librarian is Sarah Bealing. You will see them both if you are around - they are often in the library, meeting the teams, putting up displays and helping out.

                At the end of term we will have an morning tea for all our 53 student librarians in the form of a 'bring a plate'. When we have you all together we can take the 2018 Librarians picture to replace our current 2017 one. It's not an official school photo but the one we use on our issues desk. It's also a chance to give out badges as some are getting their blue/red/white ones that take years of work. Look out for the notices/emails etc and join in.

                In Term Two we will be having our annual Bookweek to celebrate books! You are all going to be involved even if it is just behind the scenes. We may also be able to take on some of the students on our reserves list - we have 20 waiting to join the team.

                 Putting up a display for our Old Girl's in Feb.



                • New books and Reserving

                  • New books are displayed on the big red shelves near Mrs Earnshaw's desk.
                  • DVD's are displayed at the top of the DVD shelves. DVD's are loaned for one week.
                  • Favourite reads  - sometimes it's hard to find a book just like the last good one you read. To help we have created 'if you like' lists, see "Extend Your Reading"
                  • Reserving books is easy - just ask us at the issue desk. You can learn how to do this from your own computer 24/7 through our online catalogue, just ask.

                  • Links and fun websites

                    Links about books:

                    Links to entertain:

                    • 2018 Events



                      As we roll towards the end of another huge school year, we reflect on what is top with our young readers, examine what the staff have been reading and put together a collection of really great summer reads. These displays are proving very popular - stop by and see what appeals to you.



                      School life, after the seniors go on exam leave, has a slightly different pattern for our Y9 and Y10 students. To encourage even more reading we've put up a display of their favourite books for 2018. Essentially the list is the same as 2017 but there are a few new entries include Learning to Swear in America (the Librarians favourite!) and Perfect the sequel to Flawed.



                      Scary book time - terrify your mind for Halloween (...sweet, gentle love stories available too!)


                      What to do with old shelf markers? Keep an eye on the front desk as we swap things around the alphabet!


                      New shelving has arrived and we are as pleased as punch. The books look wonderful and the system is so much easier to use than our old lower, darker shelving. Come and take a look.



                      Why should you read? Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell came up with some very good reasons so we stuck them on the wall outside the library. Have a read as you go past, even if you only get time to read one panel a day...

                           Yes, it does say "Daydreaming" on the last line!


                      125 years ago, women were allowed to vote alongside men. It was a first in the world and a significant event in NZ.



                      We are a week away from Senior Exams and the Library committee have put our study books on display as you walk into the library.


                      Dogs- we have lots of books about dogs. Both fiction and non-fiction. Our wonderful Friday afternoon student librarians had fun selecting an image to use to promote these books.



                      This term it's all about you. Focus on yourself for a moment and see our great range of books to get you thinking.

                      Or how about a dollop (or more) of commonsense with Yvonne Godfrey's 'Making it on my own'.



                      We launched Term 3 with a display of our Space books. We have some awesome fiction set in space including one of our favourites - The Martian by Andy Weir. Help yourself from the display and bring it up to the issues desk.


                      25-29th BOOWEEK

                      Our annual week of chaos this year saw a murder take place right in the middle of where everyone walks. 30 teams pitted their wits and tried to solve the dastardly deed with some coming very close to a perfect solution! There could only be one winner...team GLIK, well done. Along the way we found "Wally", identified the detectives and checked our own fingerprints.



                      8th World Ocean Day is the 8th June. We put up a display to find out what our students are doing to reduce pollution in the sea.

                      May (Term Two 2018)

                      14th. How hard would you try if your life and world depended on your success? This genre is huge at CGHS - the books are hard to keep on the display. How many have you read?

                      3rd. We start the term with some wonderful knitting. Some came because they wanted to polish up their skills, others were knitting for the very first time. They all succeeded and socialised with the help of our lovely, creative, staff team. Hopefully we will have enough peggy squares for a blanket by the end of term.



                      12th. Anzac Day falls in the school break this year, but we have put up a display before term ends. Also on display are photographs and a school magazine from 100 year ago. One of our former pupils was a nurse near London in 1918 and her husband was fighting in Belgium - an extract of her letter is in the wooden display cabinet.


                      Having a blue day - all the books on all the fiction stands have blue covers - looks amazing. Thanks Lauren, Molly and Aroha!


                      28th: Reader's Cup. Today we hosted the inaugural competition to find our best Y9 readers. The top team will go on to compete against other Christchurch High School teams in Term 2. Congratulations to Charlotte A., Gabby, Sophie and Charlotte C.

                      21st: World Poetry Day. Thanks to the Library Committee for putting up a great display.

                      The IT team have moved into the library workroom - we are delighted to have them alongside. And so has Mr. Langdon with promises of great music to delight us in the library.



                      Old Girls' 70th Reunion.

                      We had a lovely visit from some students who started school in 1948. This year they are celebrating their 70th Anniversary and we put up a display of memorablia, news items and photographs for them.  The Librarian heard some very interesting stories of school life, especially about the brass stair rail and Miss Stewart, and they have kindly donated many stories, magazines and photographs to the archives.


                      Rolleston House visited us for a meeting - all 200+ students in our small room! It was fun to see you all and welcome to our new Y9's.

                      Waitangi Day came and went in a blur as it was the second day back for most students and a public holiday. We have been gifted some important new books on Waitangi and they were included in our display.