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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:


LIFT Review: Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca
By Liz Walker

Did you know that Lyttelton Timebank was the first one in New Zealand? Margaret Jefferies, of Project Lyttelton, made a visit in 2004 to Ithaca, New York, with Helen Dew of Living Economies, after attending a conference on complementary currencies, and came back and started Lyttelton Timebank in 2005. Since then, Timebanking has gradually spread all over New Zealand. So has Living Economies, the backbone of the LIFT Library.

Margaret is a real “kick-starter”, which is why she visited Ithaca, because that city has a history of initiating ideas and systems that are focussed on community, sustainability, cooperation, local production, environmental stewardship, social justice, and honest prosperity.

This book, published in 2010, covers a huge range of developments in that area of Ithaca City and Tompkins County, famous for its Cornell University, its liberal politics, its Farmers Market and so on.

As the world’s population becomes increasingly based in expanding cities, and focussed on making money, the qualities of village and small community life are easily lost, along with our connection to nature. But grassroots action valuing cooperation between people and respect for all life is growing in many countries, including New Zealand. LIFT Library has much material on this aspect.

This book is a leader in this area. I urge all LIFT members who care about improving our local world to read it (as quickly as possible, so others can too!) and choose an aspect introduced here that you can focus on yourself. In the meantime, if you go to Youtube and look for Liz Walker, Ecovillage in Ithaca, you’ll see her background, which got her into writing this book.


Free Film Evening with Lift Library


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You can watch the trailer on you tube here

First the bad news – the global crises we are facing – and then the good news - people in NZ, who are examples of initiators in forest gardens, composting toilets, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), Timebanking and many other sustainable and healthy ways of living.

Koha appreciated. Discussion over a cuppa.

At The Portal, 7.15pm on Friday 6th April.

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