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Napier Library is on the move
WHY IS THE LIBRARY MOVING?
The Library Building was recently assessed for seismic strength by an independent, qualified consultancy called Strata Group. The building was found to be 15% of New Building Standards (NBS). This is very low, and could pose a potential risk to visitors and staff in the event of a large earthquake. The widely accepted standard for NBS is a minimum of 67%. Napier City Council is committed to the wellbeing of our staff and our community and are now working through moving the facility until the building can be strengthened to an acceptable level.
WHERE IS IT MOVING TO?
The rear of the MTG building on Herschell Street.
WHEN IS IT MOVING?
We will be closing Napier Library at 12noon on 22 December and will reopen at MTG Hawke’s Bay on 7 February 2018.
WHERE CAN I RETURN MY BOOKS WHILE THE LIBRARY MOVES TO MTG HAWKE’S BAY?
Library items can be returned during this time to the National Aquarium of New Zealand, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Kennedy Park Resort and Pak ’n’ Save Tamatea.
WHO DID YOU CONSULT BEFORE MAKING THIS DECISION?
We worked through the options with Councillors, Library and MTG Hawke’s Bay staff, the Friends of the Napier Library group, and other community groups. The reality is that we have to move, there are very few appropriate CBD buildings available, and we don’t have a long time to reach out to all of our community – we just have to get on and do it for the safety and peace of mind of our staff and library users.
HOW DO I GET IN TO THE NEW SITE?
The main way to access the library will be the entrance shared with MTG Hawke’s Bay on Tennyson Street.
IS IT WHEELCHAIR OR PUSHCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
WILL THE LIBRARY HAVE THE SAME OPENING HOURS AS MTG HAWKE’S BAY?
The Napier City Council Community Services committee passed a resolution on Wednesday (6 December) to extend the hours of operation for the MTG Hawke’s Bay, and both Napier and Taradale library. The decision will be discussed again at the last full Council meeting for the year, on 20 December.
If confirmed, MTG’s opening hours will increase from 49 to 52.5 hours per week, and Napier Library’s hours will increase from 50 to 52.5 hours. The co-located facilities will be open seven days a week, from 9.30am to 5pm.
Taradale Library hours will also increase, from 50 to 52, and will open from 9.30am to 5.30pm weekdays, and weekends 10am to 4pm.
WILL THERE BE A BUS ROUTE TO MTG HAWKES BAY?
Yes. Free transfers will be available (within 90 minutes of purchase of original ticket) from Dalton Street bus stop to MTG Hawke’s Bay using the Route 15 Ahuriri/Westshore/Bay View bus. This stops on Marine Parade, right outside MTG Hawke’s Bay/Library. To return to Dalton Street, the nearest bus stop will be outside the Hawke’s Bay Club, on Browning Street. This service will be in operation from 7 February 2018.
HOW LONG WILL THE STATION STREET LIBRARY CLOSE FOR?
We don’t know yet. We anticipate it will closed for at least two to three years.
I SAW THAT THE LIBRARY MIGHT MOVE ALTOGETHER TO CLIVE SQUARE?
We are developing a Library Strategy which will assess how a modern library should look, how it should perform, what it might house in terms of books, resources, and technology, as well as where it might be. Station Street might not be the best location for our permanent City Library so we will investigate a number of options. However we might find that Station Street is the optimal location, in which case the Library will return once the building is seismically strengthened.
HOW DO I KNOW THE TEMPORARY LOCATION IS SEISMICALLY SAFE?
MTG Hawke’s Bay has been assessed and is seismically sound at 67% NBS.
WON’T THE TEMPORARY SPACE BE TOO SMALL?
The temporary (MTG Hawke’s Bay) space is smaller than our current space. However it is only temporary and we are working through how we will deliver all our current services – and maybe even some new ones – from a smaller footprint.
YOU CAN’T FIT ALL THE EXHIBITS IN THE CURRENT MTG SPACE SO HOW CAN YOU FIT A LIBRARY?
All museums retain exhibits that aren’t always on display as well as historical archives, records and stored materials that don’t need to be viewed by or accessed by the public at all times. We currently use a large area of our current MTG Hawke’s Bay space for this purpose – archives and collection storage – while some of these items are stored offsite. It is a better use of public space to store ALL of these exhibits and archives offsite and use this portion of prime CBD real estate for something far more usable – temporarily for a public library and then for more gallery display space.
WILL MORE SERVICES BE DELIVERED FROM TARADALE AS A RESULT?
We will look to increase the number of book titles available from Taradale and we will continually monitor our level of service there so we can adapt to changes in demand.
WHAT IS THE FOOTPRINT OF THE TEMPORARY SPACE?
WILL THERE BE FREE WIFI THERE?
WILL ANY CURRENT LIBRARY STAFF LOSE THEIR JOBS?
WILL I HAVE TO PAY TO USE THE LIBRARY?
No. Councillors removed the entry fees to MTG Hawke’s Bay effective 2 October 2017 so that our community can seamlessly move between the two spaces without any barrier to entry.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE BOOKS THAT DON’T FIT IN THE TEMPORARY LIBRARY?
We will have access to retrievable book stock at an offsite location. We are currently working through how that will work to make sure we give our customers the best possible service.
WILL THERE STILL BE BOOK RESERVATION FEES?
No. Council decided to remove these charges on 6 December effective immediately. There are over 100,000 books across the Napier Libraries collection. Not all of these will be out on the shelves every day, so this will speed up the process for users to reserve books and get the books they want. Books can be reserved onsite or via the Napier Libraries website.
WILL THE CHESS SET AND PING PONG TABLE REMAIN AT THE SAME LOCATION?
Yes, at this stage both the chess set and the ping pong table will be available for use daily in their current location.
HOW DO I HAVE MY SAY ON OUR TEMPORARY OR FUTURE LIBRARY?
As we develop our Library strategy we will be seek feedback from all our stakeholders to make sure what we do next reflect the needs of the community. We are always happy to receive feedback from our customers and will continue to ask for it!
NAPIER CITY COUNCIL CIVIC AND LIRARY BUILDINGS - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Our Council teams currently working across both the Civic and Library buildings will be moving to three temporary locations between October to December 2017. To find out about where they are moving to, the location of Napier City Council Customer Service Centre, the creation of a library strategy, and what the Napier Library move means to MTG Hawke's Bay, please read the FAQ's.
12 December 2017