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Napier LibrariesNgā Whare Pukapuka o Ahuriri

Napier’s two libraries (one located at MTG in Napier, the other in Taradale) are vital and enriching community spaces. Their role is to collect, provide and facilitate access to information, knowledge and cultural resources in safe and welcoming environments.

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Our mission

Napier Libraries' objective is to "Help make Napier the best city in New Zealand by providing the best Public Library Service in New Zealand".

The Libraries' broader values were laid out in 2018 Napier Library Strategy: "We commit to listening to the needs of our internal customers and community and delivering excellence in service. We engage in a friendly, trustworthy and respectful manner embracing cultural heritage and diversity with an open mind."

Five objectives emerged from the Library Strategy that are essential to the library providing the best service for the community.

  • Enabling access – the support of learning, literacy and reading in both a physical and digital world. The library needs to continually develop services, skills and collections to meet changing customer expectations.
  • Space for all – With the adaption of the Library strategy ‘space for all’ becomes an important part of building the new library so that it is accessible, adaptable and appropriate multi-purpose areas fit for today and the future. Spaces to encourage a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Knowledge Advocates – Providing the right content, reducing barriers, responsive to community needs, being a trusted advocate in a time of information proliferation. We will do this by creating easy to access and relevant collections and databases that champion intellectual freedom and equal and free access to knowledge and information.
  • Community collaborators – Matching the needs of the wider community. Working with parts of the community most in need of our service. Develop programmes that will benefit our community, and connecting our community to relevant expertise, as well as collaborating with our community and social enterprise to expand our services.
  • Sustainable future – We are in a competitive world where people have more options. We have a responsibility to our environment. Libraries are ratepayer funded with traditional use in decline. Building expertise to provide a better service. Investing in an empowering our people, growing their knowledge and expertise to be ready for the future. A place for social enterprise to drive environmental good.

At Napier Libraries we're committed to providing a welcoming environment that honours bi-culturalism. In both our libraries you will find signage in English and Te Reo, and we aim to continue to develop the Māori content on our website.

History of Napier Libraries

Napier has had a public library service since the days of the Athenaeum, established in 1865. When Napier and Taradale amalgamated in 1968, the Taradale Library became a branch of the Napier Library. In 1986 the first purpose-built library opened in Station Street, next door to the main Council building. The Napier Library remained the main city library until December 2017 when it closed due to a seismic assessment that met only 15% of New Building Standards.

We currently have two locations: The Napier Library is temporarily housed within the MTG Hawkes Bay and we have a branch library in Taradale. There is also a central city storage facility for our overflow, and items held there are available as free reserves. We’re committed to providing a welcoming environment that honours bi-culturalism and promotes inclusivity.   

Both libraries offer a variety of collections in multi-media formats which are free to borrow, these collections strive to match the interests and needs of the community. 

Our specialist collections

Napier Libraries holds unique collections such as:

  • A restorative justice collection known as the Robson Collection. This collection is hosted on behalf of the Napier Pilot City Trust / Tō Mātou Taiwhenua Kōkiri o Mataruahau. 
  • The International Humanitarian Law Book Collection which helps to make sense of, and points the way to combatting, the effects of the calamities and insanities of crimes against humanity throughout our world. 
  • The Māori collection contains items written in English, Te Reo Māori and bilingual material. There are works by Māori authors as well as works on general subjects that feature predominantly Māori content. 
  • A special reference and local history collection includes local and central government publications, maps and genealogy resources.

 

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Library Services

Library Services Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

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

Library Services Charges Fee (incl GST)
 
Rentals
Book RentalNo Charge 
Book Rental - Best Seller Collection$6.00 
Magazine Rental - Best Seller Collection$3.00 
DVD Rental - new title, per item 7 days$4.00 
DVD Rental - older item, including Children's, 7 days$2.00 
DVD Rental - series, 14 days$6.00 
Extended Loan Charges
All materials except BestSeller books, BestSeller magazines, and console games - per item per day$0.50 
BestSeller Collection - Books and magazines. Per item per day$1.50 
Maximum charge per item$11.00 
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$6.50 
Visitors from Outside the Hawkes Bay Region
Borrowing Fee$5.00 
Membership Cards
Replacement of Membership Cards$5.00 
Research Services
Per hour with first 15 minutes free$50.00 
Photocopying
Per A4 sheet (Black & White 1 x side only)$0.20 
Per A3 sheet (Black & White 1 x side only)$0.50 
Per A4 sheet (Colour 1 x side only)$0.80 
Per A3 sheet (Colour 1 x side only)$2.00 
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)$0.80 

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 tableIndividual Purchase Price 

Books Fee (incl GST)
 
All Booksup to $50.00 
DVD
Per Disk$30.00 
Magazines
Minimum Charge$11.50 
Childrens Puzzles
Children's Puzzles$30.00 

Napier Libraries Napier Location Map

Napier Libraries Taradale Location Map

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