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

LIFT Library

lift-librayOver six 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 and browse the bookshelves – in the foyer of the Lyttelton Rec Centre, 25 Winchester St. Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm
  • Members are kept updated through regular newsletters.
  • Free film screenings – thought provoking, interesting and inspirational – a Saturday afternoon, a Friday evening, a Tuesday afternoon each month.

Free Film Nights

LIFT Library Film Evening

Last week the LIFT Library hosted the first of the August film evenings at the Portal. The focus was on matters of economics, especially the use of alternative currencies, a hot topic in Lyttelton just now. And the conversation that followed several of the items was very lively. The group included some new members who contributed much information and comment. This week the LIFT Library shall continue on these themes, and social as well as economic resilience, though details are not yet decided.

What: LIFT Library Film Evening
When: Every Wednesday 6.30pm Shared Pot Luck Dinner | 7.15pm Film Begins
Tickets: Free Event. All Welcome.
Where: The Portal, 54a Oxford Street, Lyttelton
Up the driveway behind the Lyttelton Swimming Pool, head up the stairs on the left of the building

Arranged by the LIFT Library, & Project Lyttelton
Relevant books, magazines and DVDs available. Koha welcomed

Wednesday 22 August: "The Take" is a documentary by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein about how workers in Argentina were taking over the factories abandoned by their owners and the government after the dramatic economic collapse in 2001. As you can imagine with Naomi Klein, no punches are pulled. And  it shows people having the strength of their convictions to take action that is not always welcomed by the powers above them. It's a case of swinging those powers' attitudes around. Some local folk have already seen this film and want to see it again. Me too!

Free Film Screening with Lift Library


WHEN? Friday 15th, 1-3pm 

WHERE? Cathedral Square 


Pre Event Friday March 8th.


Come and found out why, and how to do it,at Lyttelton Rec Centre, 25 Winchester St

FRIDAY MARCH 8th, 7pm.

Special video clips for kids aged 8 plus,so bring your friends and parents,talk about what you see, and


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 to Juliet at 34a Voelas Road, Lyttelton 8082, as the Rec Centre does not have a letterbox.”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