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

LIFT Library

lift-librayOver five 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 Book Reviews

Juliet has written reviews of many books in the library. Here is an excerpt of the latest book review:


by Deirdre Kent

Why should a reader who is not an economist read this book?

“Though banks and oil giants have size going for them and ‘corporations rule the world’, their size is also their weakness……Smaller groups can be more nimble.” Think of the effectiveness in NZ of the waves of small-group action in the anti-smoking movement, and the Nuclear-Free groups. “If small communities reassert their right to govern and reclaim some major functions, the corporations won’t know who to sue first.”

And here in Lyttelton and greater Christchurch we already are stepping along the way of transition, for example with worker cooperatives, social enterprises, savings pools (and hopefully Christchurch dollars); in other parts of New Zealand other initiatives have been set up – land value rating (local tax) systems in Wellington and Napier, and a community land trust for Kotare village; and public banks rather than private have been hugely successful in the BRIC countries.

Read the rest here.



Free Film Evening with Lift Library

FRIDAY 1st September, 7.14pm at The Portal, 54A Oxford St, Lyttelton, up the drive between the playground and the swimming pool. Koha appreciated.

TOGETHERNESS (several short videos)
Let’s leave the political parties to wrangle!
Come and see ways to increase togetherness and progress.
Social Enterprise
Community Land Trusts
Mutual Aid Networks
If you attended the Living Economies EXPO in March, some of these topics may seem familiar – come and get some useful detail on how to bring good changes in our lives.

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

Click for more Book & DVD Reviews

 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