As of 5 April, a vaccine pass is no longer required to enter any of our three branches. Masks will still be required for both staff and for visitors 12 years and over, unless you have an exemption.
Our Click and Collect service will continue for those who are unable to visit us.
A reminder, Nelson is still recording hundreds of cases of COVID-19 per day, so wearing an effective mask when inside is a really important measure to protect our community. Thanks!
At present, all three of our branches – Elma Turner, Stoke, and the Nightingale Library Memorial – are open and operating under their regular hours.
Libraries are really important for our community and we’re taking action to keep them open as much as possible while COVID-19 is in the community. However, things can change at short notice as the Omicron outbreak impacts staffing or our ability to safely provide all programmes and services.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay safe and well out there; kia kaha.
The library will be closed on the following public holidays:
Good Friday: Friday 15 April
Easter Monday: Monday 18 April
ANZAC Day: Monday 25 April
Note that we are open both Saturday 16 April and Sunday 17 April so you can pop in for some holiday reading. As always, our range of digital resources is available 24/7 so you can watch films, read and listen to great books, and more - all from your own home. Ask us if you want some help with these platforms.
If you've been to the library on a Tuesday morning recently, you might have noticed a calmer space. Every Tuesday morning, Elma Turner Library holds a Quiet Hour from 9.30-10.30am. We will now extend this to the second Sunday of every month from 1-2pm, starting this Sunday, 10 April.
You'll notice that some of our screens will be switched off, but you can still borrow and return books at this time.
Quiet Hour is for all library visitors who would enjoy a more peaceful library. It is especially designed for people with different needs, so please be respectful by switching off phones and keeping the space quiet and welcoming for them.
Our Activity Room will be set up as an extra quiet space, with the blinds down, and a range of sensory toys and equipment available for use.
School Holiday Programme - Book now!
Come along to a free, family-friendly event at your local library during the April term break. From ANZAC crafts to Pacman, there is something fun for everyone! You can see the full programme on our website, or look out for an email from us over the weekend with all the details.
Author talk - Cristina Sanders on Jerningham
Saturday 9 April, 2pm-3pm
Join Cristina Sanders as she talks about researching and writing her historical fiction Jerningham. It's based on the life of Jerningham Wakefield and the recklessness of colonial New Zealand.
Edward Jerningham Wakefield was the wild-child of the Wakefield family that set up the New Zealand Company to bring the first settlers to this country. His story is told through the eyes of bookkeeper Arthur Lugg, who is tasked by Colonel William Wakefield to keep tabs on his brilliant but unstable nephew.
This event will be at the Elma Turner Library. To book a spot, phone us on (03) 546 8100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click & Collect
Please visit our website for more information about how this service works, FAQs, and to fill out a form to request some books.
Alternatively you can phone us on (03) 546 8100 and we can complete a form on your behalf, or answer any questions you have about the service.