Language: English Language: Chinese Language: French Language: German Language: Japanese Language: Spanish

Napier Library temporarily closes its doors

Packing is well underway at Napier Library, which closes at 12 noon this Friday (22 December) in preparation for its reopening in a temporary location, MTG Hawke’s Bay, on 7 February 2018.

The temporary library will be accessed mainly through the Century Theatre Foyer steps on Herschell Street, however, it can also be accessed through the main entrance of MTG, on Tennyson Street. A new ramp is being constructed to ensure the library entrance is pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

Taradale Library will operate as usual during the period the city library is unavailable, being closed only on statutory holidays.

“We have increased the number of books available at Taradale Library and these extra items include all of the current newspapers, best-sellers, and best-seller magazines,” says Darran Gillies, Napier Library Manager.

The heritage collection, auto manuals, and maps will still be available for borrowing, too, and can be reserved either onsite at Taradale or via the Napier Libraries website from 8 January. Borrowers will be contacted when the item is available to be collected, from Taradale Library only.

From 7 February, items from all library collections will be available to reserve, and will be able to be collected from either library within two working days of the request.

Other changes related to Napier Library include: extended loan periods for items until this Friday, fees to reserve items being removed, and book drop off points being established at MTG Hawke’s Bay, Kennedy Park Resort, National Aquarium of New Zealand, and Pak ‘n’ Save Tamatea.

Opening hours for Napier Library from February are proposed to be 9.30am to 5pm, seven days a week, and are likely to be confirmed at this afternoon’s last Napier City Council meeting for the year.

Taradale Library’s hours are also proposed to increase, so it will be open 9.30am to 5.30pm weekdays, and weekends from 10am to 4pm.

NCC began making plans to shift staff out of the Library and Civic buildings into alternative city offices after a seismic strength report into the current Napier Library building found it to achieve just 15% of New Building Standards, with the Civic Building rated 10%.

Investigations into the viability and cost of refurbishing and strengthening the buildings continue.

Library staff are the last to be relocated from the Library building. Civic building staff will complete their relocation on Thursday.

For more information, and to view the Frequently Asked Questions, go to the news section of

Any queries or for further assistance regarding the reserve process, email or call Taradale Library on 845 9005.

Updates and further news about Napier Library will also be posted regularly on Facebook:

Important dates to remember:

  • Friday 22 December: Napier Library closes its doors as 12 noon
  • Thursday 8 January: Heritage collection, auto manuals and maps able to be reserved either onsite at Taradale Library or via the Napier Libraries website. Items to be collected from Taradale Library.
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018: Napier Library reopens at MTG Hawke’s Bay. All items will be available to reserve, and can be collected from either library within two working days of the request.

9 February 2018

Back to News

Member Login

Events Calendar

Suggestion for Purchase

Featured Database

Featured Resource

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
This is a fantastic encyclopaedia and multimedia resource for students of all ages. The award winning trusted content is updated daily and information is presented for different age and learning levels. A more user-friendly interface provides better organized and richer results. This includes interactive learning, images, videos and other great features such as country comparisons.
» read more

Catalogue Search

Library Catalogue

Quick search for books, DVDs, CDs, Magazines etc. Napier Libraries have a large collection at our Taradale and Napier libraries.

Advanced Search

Become a Friend



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).
» read more
Take your library anywhere by downloading our App
Just download the ‘Spydus’ app on your mobile device through the app store by searching 'Spydus', and selecting ‘Napier Libraries’.
» read more

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Napier Libraries - Napier City Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Napier Libraries - Napier City Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Napier Libraries - Napier City Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the Napier City Council information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Napier Libraries - / Napier City Council - / +64 6 835 7579 / Fax: +64 6 835 7574

Napier Library
P: +64 6 834 4180
F: +64 6 834 4138
Email us | Location map | Opening hours

Taradale Library
P: +64 6 845 9005
F: +64 6 844 7462
Email us | Location map | Opening hours

Napier Libraries is one of Napier City Council's great facilities/services. There are many more...

MTG Hawke's Bay

Comprising a Museum, Theatre and Gallery - MTG is home to a significant collection of objects that form the foundation of distinctive exhibitions, a world-class research facility and the MTG Theatre.
View website for MTG Hawke's Bay

Napier Municipal Theatre

Unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
View website for Napier Municipal Theatre

Napier Aquatic Centre

Situated in the centre of Napier, in the middle of Onekawa Park, the Napier Aquatic Centre is a safe and affordable aquatic facility for everyone.
View website for Napier Aquatic Centre

The Faraday Centre

The Faraday Centre in Napier, is Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology. It's a place of discovery where history comes alive through hands on experience.
View website for The Faraday Centre

Napier Conference Centre

We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
View website for Napier Conference Centre

Kennedy Park Resort Napier

We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
View website for Kennedy Park Resort Napier

National Aquarium of New Zealand

Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
View website for National Aquarium of New Zealand

Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre

Visit the Napier i-SITE to find out more about what is happening in Hawkes Bay, from events, activities and accommodation.
View website for Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre

Napier City Council

For Napier City residents and citizens to have easy access to see what council are currently working on, completed, what they do, facilities, and council information.
View website for Napier City Council

Bay Skate

Located on Marine Parade, Napier, is the Bay Skate Park - home to skateboarding, BMX, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering.
View website for Bay Skate

Parklands Residential Estate

Located in the Art Deco city of Napier. We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment.
View website for Parklands Residential Estate

William Colenso

Build on the blossoming national and international interest in William Colenso's life and ideas as the result of the William Colenso Bicentenary Celebrations in Hawke's Bay in 2011, and a body of new publications and research.
View website for William Colenso

Par2 MiniGolf

Come to Par2 MiniGolf and meet Seamore the Seagull at our sea-side minigolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round.
View website for Par2 MiniGolf

Enquiry or Feedback

If you have any questions, problems or feedback for Napier Libraries please let us know about it.

Fill out my online form.

Follow Napier Libraries on facebook...

Our latest posts...

» View our facebook page