Welcome to the Christchurch Special Needs Library

We are a lending resource, that hires educational and therapeutic resources to enrich learning experiences and promote development of those with special needs in our community.

Needs may be intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional, behavioural or social.

Over 3,500 resources are arranged according to the particular skills that they are designed to develop. For example Language development, numeracy, fine and gross motor skills.

We welcome children and adults with special needs or anyone supporting them to join the Special Needs Library. We welcome general families also and schools wishing to use our resources.

Another area where we provide a service to the community is that of a resource centre for tertiary students studying the field of special needs – speech therapy, physio and occupational therapy, special education, kindergarten teaching and nursing.



Our Stories: Longtime Volunteer Henny Moot

Henny has been a volunteer since the library began in 1977 – 40 years ago, as part of the original set-up committee. Shas was chairperson for several years and remains on the committee to this day as well as working in cataloguing up to two days a week.

Coming from a background in kindergarten teaching, she had a wealth of skills, with and empathy and knowledge of child development and personal experience.

Henny has headed the cataloguing department for over 20 years, learning the ‘tricks of the trade’ from the late Helen Bascand. In the early days, the cataloguing and hiring of resources was all done manually, a labour intensive task. Henny has passed on her cataloguing knowledge to her nieces Vivien and Mandy.

Both Henny and her husband Rob have been wonderful supporters of our library. Rob has always been involved in the library and supported Henny with her passion working here. He also provides sausages from Moots Meats for our many sausage sizzles and repairs resources.
Together they have ‘lent’ us their home, hosting Christmas lunches.

We have enjoyed Henny’s photos and stories and seeing her children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren.

Thank you Henny – you are a wonderful gift to our library community.
spnl_admin September 15, 2017 Our Stories, Our Volunteers Edit 62 views