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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 aim to close the current site at Christmas and reopen at MTG in January.

Who did you consult before making this decision?

We worked through the options with Councillors, Library and MTG 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 access way will be via the Louis Hay doors on Herschell Street. Wheelchair and pushchair access will be through the MTG foyer.

How long will the Station Street Library close for?

We don’t know yet. We anticipate it will closed for at least two years.

I saw that the library might move altogether to Clive Square? 

We're 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 best location, in which case the Library will return once the building is seismically strengthened.

How do I know the temporary location is seismically safe?

The MTG has been assessed and is seismically sound at 67% NBS.

Won't the temporary space be too small?

The temporary (MTG) space is 550m3 and 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 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 – a public library.

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.

Will there be free wifi there?


Will I have to pay to use the library? 

No. Councillors removed the entry fees to MTG 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.

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!

4 October 2017

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