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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.

"The Library is a vital, vibrant centre to enrich your life..."

Napier Libraries MTG Jan 2018 12 resizedNapier 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.

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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)
Book RentalNo Charge 
Children's Compact DiscNo Charge 
Book Rental - Best Seller Collection$6.00 
Magazine Rental - Best Seller Collection$3.00 
Compact Disc Rental - per item 14 days$2.00 
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 
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 
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)$0.80 

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 
Compact Disc
Purchase price of item as per catalogue record, if not available a standard replacement cost will be charged at$30.00 
Per Disk$30.00 
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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