Due to weather events Elma Turner Library Pop-Up and Stoke Library are closing at 4:30pm Wednesday 17 August.

15 Jul 2022

The Pop-Up Library is open

Part of the Elma Turner Library, where strengthening work is completed, has reopened as a Pop-Up Library.


The Pop-Up Library offers a physical space for the community while the rest of the building is being assessed with a view to bracing and clipping work taking place over the coming weeks. The Pop-Up is located on the Maitai River side of the building and is accessible through the Youth pop-up park. 

What can you do in the pop-up library?

  • Browse a selection of items from our fiction, nonfiction, Children's, Young Adult, magazines, and Māori collections. 
  • Collect your holds
  • Pick up your Click & Collect orders
  • Read the newspaper
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying
  • Use a study space
  • Work on a computer
  • Visit our JPs on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12pm
  • Attend a Device Advice session on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2- 3pm.
  • Sign-up for Skinny Jump, a cheaper way to connect to the internet.
  • Book a Librarian: a free, 45 minute session with a librarian for help with your device, research, reading recommendations, or any other queries you have. Bookings can be made through our website, by phone, or when you're in the library.

We've also put together this helpful map to help you locate what you need in the Library before your visit.


Pop-Up Library FAQs

When will it be open?

The Pop-Up will be open under our regular Elma Turner Library hours, including weekends.

Is the Pop-Up Library accessible?

The Pop-Up Library entrance has artificial grass and a narrower entrance. Large mobility scooters and wide buggies will not fit inside. There is a wheelchair available for customers who need to leave mobility scooters outside. Please call the library if you have questions or want to discuss accessibility: 03 546 8100.  

Can I still borrow items from the rest of the library?

Yes. If you would like to request specific items please place a hold through the online catalogue. Holds are free while much of Elma Turner Library remains closed.

For larger orders, you can fill out a Click & Collect form to have a librarian select you a personalised reading pile. 

What about library programmes? 

A number of our regular programmes - bookchat, knitting groups, Tea & Talk - have relocated in the city and will continue to be run in their new locations. Our Device Advice and Book a Librarian sessions will be held at the Pop-Up Library.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer Children's After School programmes at this stage.  Small time and story time are happening at all three library branches - find out when the sessions are on here. You can keep up to date with what's on through our Library Events Calendar. 

Will the branch libraries still have extended hours?

The Nightingale Library Memorial hours will remain extended. The Stoke Library hours have returned to normal from Monday 25 July.  Our website has the most up to date hours for all three libraries.

Will the Justices of the Peace service be back?

Yes! This service will return to Elma Turner Library from Saturday 6 August. You can also visit the Found directory to access alternative venues and contacts for JP services.

The library team has been helping me with a research project. What happens now?

Our staff will continue to respond to enquiries received via email or phone. You can contact our team via library@ncc.govt.nz or 03 546 8100, or fill out a Book a Librarian form.

What can I do online?

Lots of stuff! Our eLibrary resources are available 24/7, including eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines, online databases and streaming services. 

Can we still use the blue blocks in the playground?

No, sorry. Since some of the fencing from the children’s area has been removed to improve accessibility to the Pop-Up Library door, the blue blocks won’t be available. We don’t want to clutter the entrance to the Pop-Up or find our blue blocks in the Maitai River.  

Is this work worth it given that there are plans to build a new library?   


Under the current timeline, the new library is not expected to be operational till 2027 – still approximately five years away. We want to ensure that for those five years the Nelson public can feel safe and confident using the Elma Turner Library.   


How can I keep up to date with what’s going on?

We will provide regular updates through the following channels: 

You can continue to contact our Library team directly via library@ncc.govt.nz or 03 546 8100.