• Welcome

    To search the catalogue or reserve a book - Onstream > Students > Library Catalogue. If you wish to join our Student Librarian team please come and see Mrs Earnshaw in the  Library.

    • 2018 Events

      Welcome back to school. We will posting events that happen in the library on this page throughout the year. Don't forget to follow us on fb - we don't post much so we won't clog up your feed.

      • General Research

        EPIC databases (N.B. To search across all the EPIC databases use Explora - see below)


        - use 'single sign on' from Onstream (your school sign on)

        Explora (Australia NZ version)                         Explora (US version) 


        Use these sites to explore across all the epic databases at once (if you are not sure which one you want)

        Index New Zealand                                                Digital NZ


        (Index NZ note: Great for NZ primary sources, however this site can be fiddly. 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.)

        Te Ara - New Zealand information (Government website)         NZ History (Government website)


        Te Ara is great for all things NZ including history and biography                NZ History is .... NZ history!


        Papers Past (Early NZ newspapers and publications)

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

        Any questions / Many answers


        Ask a question: Talk in real time to real people for help with your research. From 1-6pm weekdays online.

        Also, click on the tab: Many Answers. They have collated answers to popular questions.


        • Topic Research

          Stuck for research material.... try this site:

          Just click on the topic you are researching to take you to lots of good information online.

          Year 10 Plastics, by pearllibrarian


        • Links and fun websites

          Links about books:

          Links to entertain:

          • 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.

            • 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 three weeks
              • It will automatically return itself for the next borrower

              • Extend your reading

                If you like...

                Click on the title to take you to some great suggestions:

                Best Ever YA Fantasy series

                Love stories - all about love in a teenage world (plus a favourite classic story)

                The Hunger Games - dystopia (the world as we know it, but new societies)

                The Hobbit - 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

                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


                  We are already looking forward to 2018 which will be another big busy year in the library. Watch this space for an announcement about our 2018 Head and Deputy Head Librarians.

                  If you want to join the library team, come and see us in the Library in Week 1 of Term 1 (29th Jan) and sign up or collect a pamphlet for more information. Spaces on the team are limited to 50 in the first term, so get in quick - we always have a waiting list.




                  Thank you to our wonderful 2017 team of 59 students who have been such a great help through the year. Your enthusiasm for the library was such a positive force and it made the library such a welcoming place for your peers. Looking back over the year, Miss Rattray and I can honestly say that it's been huge. More ahead next year, so come and sign up in Term 1, 2018 asap. There will be a waiting list once we reach 50 names!



                  Midwinter - getting in the spirit and determined to join in with the Santa Grotto in the hallway!


                  Book week is all about flower power. There are more photos of our Flower Power week in the events section of the moodle.


                  A very successful term. Most of our new team are almost at badge ready and today we gave out lots of badges at all levels. Congratulations and a huge thanks for all the flowers you've made. There will be more to come next term!


                  We are very pleased to announce that our Head Librarian for 2017 is Magdeline Huang and our Deputy Head Librarian is Lizzie Song. They will lead a great team.

                  We have a huge team of more than 50 volunteers who help out during the week. If you are one of them, and reading this, thanks! We have such fun and really appreciate your input and help. Not only that, but you are gaining service hours, so don't forget to get us to sign your sheets.

                  Book week is coming up in Term 2 (week 3) and we are making the decorations for this huge library. There are still lots to make, so roll up your sleeves and get into it!

                  • 2017 Events

                    Scroll through our events to see what is happening in our school library.



                    We moved temporarily to S2 on the island. Come and say hi and borrow a new book for the summer break. Return any overdues between 8-4pm. Thanks.




                    Our Year 9 students took on the challenge of 'Engaging with scientific challenges' for the Alex Houliston cup. The top seven entries are now on display in the library. Congratulations Kate and Emily for your prizewinning projects, and also to Rebecca, Sophie W, Lily, Marissa and Lili.



                    CGHS has celebrated reaching 140 years of educating women in Canterbury. To mark this wonderful milestone we put up a display and then invited students, staff, Old Girls and ex-Staff to enjoy some snippets from the Archives. We had lots of visitors over the two weeks the display was open.




                    10th The Knitting group has started up again on Thursday lunchtime. Come and join in and add to the wonderful blanket that is creation.


                    International Week in T3.

                    We had a very busy start to Term 3 with lots of visitors from Japan and China. The library hosted some wonderful International events as well as two mini classrooms for ESOL lessons.

                    This shot was taken on a typical school morning just after 9am - the Y13 students enjoy meeting up in the library and using the study facilities. There is generally a quiet hum through the room.


                    29th Hosting a Mid winter mini fun event....with popcorn. 


                    22nd Our chance to host the Y13 Business studies groups as they sell their products at Market Day. We had a lot of interested students and staff come and have a look and join in.


                    14th - Last week our Library Committee put up a wonderful display to celebrate Matariki.

                    8th - How to fill a library! 

                    The prefects arranged a Kahoot with prizes - we just provided the space and enjoyed trying to answer the questions.


                    Talofa - it's Samoan Language Week.


                    May 18. Dress-up Flower Power - such a fun day! 


                    It's Bookweek. The huge Student Librarian team have been working hard for weeks to make the displays. Come and have a look and join in the competitions. Dress-up this year (Mufti) is Thursday and your donations will go towards new books for CGHS! The theme is 'Flower Power'.



                    Anzac Day happens while we are on Easter break. To commemorate this occasion, our student library volunteers have put up a stunning display in the library.


                    31st Sci Fi and Dystopia

                    These books are our most borrowed genres. Think 'Hunger Games' and 'Divergent' and you'll get Dystopia. It's our world, but life has different rules. Sci-Fi is technology in our world or in space that we haven't yet invented but could happen. Often these books have some elements we recognise like cryogenics and gene therapy. Both these genres differ from Fantasy as the magical element is missing.

                    9th Jane Austen

                    Jane Austen is one of Mrs Earnshaw's favourite authors. If you haven't tried these classics, they come very well recommended. Or try a spin off like 'Langbourn' or 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'! 


                    17th New Book and Dystopia

                    Two displays to help you find new books. We set the displays up but before we could photograph them, many of the books were borrowed. I would say that is a sign of success!


                    14th Valentine's Day and for those in the mood we have love stories on offer.

                    9th - The start of term and the library is humming with life. We are sharing our space with the Y13's as their common room is being used for other things. It's impressive to see how they settle and work together. 



                    New Year... new books... old comfortable library. You are all welcome!