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Napier Libraries

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Napier Library has moved to a temporary location at MTG Hawke’s Bay (1 Tennyson Street). Taradale Library is operating as normal during this time.

Napier City Council provides library services to the community from two locations: a city library (temporarily located at MTG Hawke’s Bay, 1 Tennyson Street) and a branch library in Taradale. The city library provides management, administration and acquisitions functions for both libraries.

Napier Libraries offer extensive resources and provide safe and welcoming community spaces.  Both the Napier and Taradale branches offer extensive collections of adult, children and teen fiction, non-fiction, large print, magazines, talking books, DVDs and CDs.  

Facilities include quiet study and reading spaces, teen and children’s areas, public internet and wifi, research databases, research and reference resources.

Taradale Library. Services include:

  • Technology and digital literacy support programmes
  • Summer Reading
  • eBooks
  • Databases
  • Free WIFI
  • Holiday programmes to support children’s and teens’ reading
  • Job search support and other literary and lifelong learning programmes for adults and seniors

In addition to its collection and computers, the Taradale Library offers a small and medium-sized meeting room for community groups to use, display space to promote community groups and activities, customer self-issue machines and a colourful and inviting children’s area.

At Napier Libraries the aim and values are:

  • To create easy access to information, recreation and education in a range of media formats.
  • To provide excellent customer service, which effectively facilitates the use of the libraries’ products and services and engages customers.
  • To be a life-long learning centre for the community.
  • To provide a stimulating, pleasant and safe physical and virtual environment.
  • To continuously develop staff skills in order to provide a professional and relevant library service to the Napier community in the 21st century.
  • To plan, develop and provide appropriate Library programmes and events for all age groups.

Vision: "The Library is a vital, vibrant centre for enriching your life."

Mission: "Our mission is to collect, provide and facilitate access to information, knowledge and cultural resources for the whole community."

Specialist collections include:

  • Art Deco Collection
  • Robson Collection
  • Government Collection
  • Maori Collection
  • Heritage Collection (New Zealand, Hawke's Bay and Maori)
  • Humanitarian Law


Napier has had a public library service since the days of the Athenaeum in 1865. In 1986 the first purpose-built library opened in Station Street, next door to the main Council buildings. It remains the main city library. When Napier and Taradale amalgamated in 1968, the Taradale Library became a branch of the Napier Library. Since 2008, to coincide with the roll-out of new branding, the Library system is now known as Napier Libraries.

The former Taradale Library, created through an extension of the former Rugby Club Rooms, was opened on White Street in 1995. The upgrade to the Taradale Library building was completed and re-opened on 13 July 2009.

A contestable Request for Proposal was put out in April 2007 for a service delivery study to be undertaken for the Napier libraries. This was awarded to OCTA Associates Ltd., Dunedin. The Napier Public Libraries Service Delivery Study "Enabling Napier Library Services" was produced in June 2007. Through research, library visits, interviews and reference group sessions the study explored various options to improve library services and facilities in the City of Napier.

The Taradale Library extension project was a major focus of the study and it was recommended that the Library building be extended to a total floor area of 1275 square metres. This recommendation was adopted by the Napier City Council.

Taradale Library Upgrade Project

Napier Libraries Images

MTG-1936-resized View of Taradale Library from Taradale Park.  Napier Library Roof Garden 2017.  Napier Library Roof Garden 2017.  Inside Napier Library 2015.  Inside the Napier Library in 2015.  Napier Mayor Bill Dalton officially opens the refurbished Napier Library in 2015.  Napier Mayor Bill Dalton officially opens the refurbished Napier Library in 2015.  Napier Library in January 2016.  Main entrance to the Napier Library pre-May 2011 Upgrade.  A young customer enjoys his local Library.  A mother and her son enjoying a picture book at the the new and improved Taradale Library.  People browsing for books in the Taradale Library.  Parents and children enjoying books and the view in the Children's department at Taradale Library  People browsing for CDs and Dvds at the Taradale Library.  The Napier Library entrance and forecourt, upgraded in May 2011.   Patrons using Napier Library's public internet and email suite.  Keen readers stocking up with stories.  Main entrance to Taradale Library, 24 White Street, Taradale.  A family makes the most of the Library.  A section of the research department on the first floor, Napier Library.

Fees and Charges

Library Services Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Library Services Charges Fee (incl GST)
Book Rental No Charge 
Children's Compact Disc Not currently available 
Book Rental - Best Seller Collection $5.10 
Magazine Rental - Best Seller Collection $2.60 
Compact Disc Rental - per item 14 days Not currently available 
DVD Rental - new title, per item 7 days $3.60 
DVD Rental - older item, including Children's, 7 days $2.00 
DVD Rental - series, 14 days $6.00 
Console Games Rental - per item 7 days  Not currently available 
Console Older Games Rental - per item 7 days Not currently available 
Extended Loan Charges 
All materials except BestSeller books, BestSeller magazines, and console games - per item per day $0.40 
All materials issued on a junior membership card (under 16 years of age) - per item per day $0.20 
BestSeller Collection - Books and magazines. Per item per day $1.10 
Console Games - per item per day  Not currently available 
Maximum charge per item $11.00 
Charge per adult membership (includes interbranch transfers) No Charge 
Charge per child/teen membership (includes interbranch transfers) No Charge 
Charge for magazine reservation No Charge 
Interloan Charges 
Handling Fee $6.50 
Interloans from libraries that charge an additional fee (handling fee will be additionally charged) $21.00 
Rush Fee (additional to above charges) $22.50 
City Loan 
Handling Fee $3.00 
Distance Membership 
Annual full-services subscription for Hawkes Bay residents who live outside both Napier City and Hastings District Council boundaries and are not ratepayers in Napier City $48.00 
Visitors from Outside the Hawkes Bay Region 
Borrowing Fee $22.50 
Membership Cards 
Replacement of Membership Cards $4.00 
Research Services 
Per hour with first 15 minutes free $50.00 
Per A4 sheet (Black & White 1 x side only) $0.20 
Per A3 sheet (Black & White 1 x side only) $0.40 
Per A4 sheet (Colour 1 x side only) $0.70 
Per A3 sheet (Colour 1 x side only) $2.00 
Fax and Scanning Charges 
National - up to five pages $3.50 
Subsequent pages - per page $0.20 
International - per page $3.50 
Internet/Email Charges 
Per hour $4.00 
Per 30 minutes $2.00 
Printout Charges 
Microfilm reader printer (per A4 sheet) $0.50 
A4 black & white printouts (per side) $0.20 
A3 Colour Printouts (per side) $2.00 
A4 Colour Printouts (per side) $0.70 

Charges Related to Damaged or Lost Items Fee (incl GST)
Note: Books with a high replacement value are priced at the discretion of library management
Item Charges 
Items are charged at individual purchase price as per catalogue record. If a purchase price is not recorded, a standard replacement cost is charged as per the following average item price table Individual Purchase Price 
Administration Fee per account $5.60 
Adult Books 
Non Fiction $45.00 
Maori Collection $37.40 
Parent Centre $37.40 
Large Print $57.00 
Fiction $46.00 
Teen Books 
Non Fiction $34.80 
Fiction $27.10 
Junior Books 
All books under $11 purchase price are charged $11.20 
Non Fiction $32.20 
Large Print $37.30 
Picture Books $27.10 
Maori Collection $32.20 
Extended Reader $22.00 
Beginner Reader $5.10 
Independent Reader $17.00 
Talking Books 
Per Compact Disk $27.10 
Children's Book with CD $5.60 
Language CD $37.90 
Console Games 
Per Game Not currently available 
Compact Disc 
Purchase price of item as per catalogue record, if not available a standard replacement cost will be charged at Not currently available 
Per Disk $27.10 
All Magazines Individual Purchase Price 
Minimum Charge $11.20 
Childrens Puzzles 
Children's Puzzles $28.80 
Missing Puzzle Piece $5.60 

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