Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre opened on Saturday 22 July 2017.

Located on the former crèche site at 13 Bishopdale Court, the new 800 square metre, single-storey building combines a library(external link) and community hall. The hall and a meeting room can be booked by community groups(external link). The library includes a 330 square metre collection space and opens out on to decks.

The previous facility was closed in November 2011, after it was found to have a seismic capacity below the New Building Standard. The library and community centre had been an important part of the Bishopdale community since 1976, and the Council set about establishing a temporary library in Bishopdale Mall, and finding the perfect location for a new facility.

Ōrauwhata means ‘the place of the multitude of eels’. This name reflects the area before it was planted and developed by the Bishop family in the 19th century, when it held whata (eels) in water basins formed during flooding by frequent overflow from the Waimairi River.