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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future

LIFT Library

lift-librayOver three hundred books on the transition movement, alternative currencies, sustainability and community development, economics, food, health, and relevant DVDs and magazines.

  • Join the library for life for only $20 and borrow anything you are interested in.
  • Come to the library (after phoning Juliet) and browse the bookshelves over a cuppa.
  • Members will be kept updated through regular newsletters.
  • Arrangements can be made to drop off and collect books at the Information Centre on Oxford Street.
  • Free film evenings - thought provoking, interesting and inspirational - see details below for next film evening.
  • At the Lyttelton Farmers Market each Saturday, a selection of LIFT's books, DVDs and magazines will be on display, for members to borrow.

Why is it the LIFT Library?


Because Living Economies and Project Lyttelton hope it will provide Inspiration plus Facts to enable Transition to a community and lifestyle determined and developed and supported by the people for the people!

Many of these library books, DVDs and magazines give examples of this movement from around the world.

The LIFT Library is now supported by Chantal Jousserand-Shirley, who is a Project Lyttelton Board member.

Contact Juliet: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 328 8139 or 021 899 404

Living Economies LIFT Partnership

The Living Economies Educational Trust is a nationwide organization aiming to strengthen and help sustain regional economies by promoting interest-free means of exchange: currencies complementing money in local communities. Helen Dew in Carterton, and Margaret Jefferies here in Lyttelton, are Board members, and together initiated the LIFT Library here.

Many of the books and DVDs have been supplied by Living Economies; many can be bought on-line, where you can read short reviews of them.

Visit Living Economies and their bookshop at:


LIFT's Latest Book Review

This changes everything: Capitalism vs the climate
Naomi Klein

This is one of the most important books in LIFT.

It explains everything about what’s wrong with our world (well, almost!). It tells us about everything that is being done and that can be done to change the situation and save our future (well,  almost!).  If Naomi Klein had included any more topics the book would have been too heavy!  

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Free Film Evening with Lift Library

 Friday 24th March , 7.15 p.m. at The Portal, 54A Oxford Street, up the drive between the playground and the pool. Koha appreciated, or Timebank credits.


a famous French film (but with English subtitles where needed!) that links many of the world’s problems and various solutions, most of which are highly relevant to our action here.

A group of friends, alarmed by growing problems, especially climate change and the threatened Sixth Extinction, travelled the world filming examples of people working with answers to the issues.

The main topics (with some examples) are: 

agriculture (industrial vs small production)

energy (fossil fuels, climate change, Zero waste)

economy (Transition Towns, local currencies)

democracy (human rights, localization)

education (Finland’s teaching systems)

Lifelong membership for $20

The $20 fee is per person/couple/family and entitles you to borrow books, DVDs and magazines for a month at a time. Members who cannot return books personally may post them back, or arrange to leave them at a suitable place, such as the Information Centre in Oxford St. Members who lose or damage books will be asked to pay accordingly.

A full list of books, DVDs and magazines is available from Juliet by email. Members receive regular newsletters with book reviews and the latest news and reviews.

LIFT's Reviews & Summaries

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 Wanting to read one of our great books but just don't have time?

Just ask Juliet for a summary, she has several available by email including:
  • "Blessed Unrest", by Paul Hawken
  • "Fleeing Vesuvius", by FEASTA and LE
  • "No More Throwaway People", by Edgar S. Cahn
  • "Sacred Economics", by Charles Eisenstein
  • "The End of Money and the Future of Civilization", by Thomas H. Greco
  • "The Future of Money", by Bernard Lietaer
  • "We the People", by John Buck and Sharon Villines