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Love Your Library – and tell us what you think

Conversations with the community about what they want their future libraries to be have fed into a Draft Library Strategy, approved to go out for consultation at the Napier City Council Community Services committee meeting yesterday (Tuesday 16 October).

Consultation is open until Wednesday 14 November.

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The Draft Strategy reflects what people said in the first round of feedback earlier this year, what the library means to them now, and what it could mean to them in the future, says Darran Gillies, Libraries Manager. “We have focused on what we think are the key elements from the conversations. This is an important step on our journey of discovery for Napier Libraries and we’re looking for as much feedback as possible on the Draft Strategy from our community.”

The key objectives are: enabling access, space for all, knowledge advocacy, community collaborators and sustainable futures. Also driving future goals and outcomes will be a focus on the three customer groups mentioned in the Draft Strategy – most frequent users, regular and occasional, and past and potential.

The Draft Strategy assesses how a modern library should look, how it could be used, what it might house in terms of books, and resources and technology.

Once feedback has closed the Strategy will be completed and it will be adopted by Council.

Following this a process for site selection, including assessment criteria, with reference to the Civic Building business case, Statement of Proposal, and Napier City Council Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018-28 will begin. Further engagement will be undertaken with key stakeholders prior to full consultation.

To read the Draft Strategy, and add your comments, go to

A full list of ways to submit your feedback, which includes an online form, can also be found on the Napier Library website.

The central Napier Library was re-located to MTG Hawke’s Bay after the Library Building was assessed for seismic strength and found to meet 15% of New Building Standards – very low and a potential risk to visitors and staff in a large earthquake.

The LTP has $15.8 million set aside for this project.

The library is expected to remain at MTG for at least another two years.

17 October 2018

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