Elma Turner Library is currently closed but you can collect your books from the Library Kiosk at Civic House

24 Jan 2022

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What to expect when you visit any of our Library branches during the Orange setting.

We would like to advise that library services may change at short notice as the Omicron outbreak impacts staffing or our ability to safely provide all programmes and services. These changes could include the following:

  • Temporary closure or reduced hours at one or more of our branches due to staff shortage
  • Cancellation of library programmes
  • Temporary pause of the Click and Collect service

Given the unpredictability of COVID-19, we recommend checking our website, Facebook page or the Nelson City Council Facebook page for the most up to date information.

Vaccine Pass

A vaccine pass is not required to enter the libraries or attend any events. 

Mask wearing

Mask wearing is mandatory for both staff and for visitors 12-years and over, unless you have an exemption.

Library Programmes and Events:

We are able to continue to run our regular events at the Orange Setting.

If you cannot make it to the library, note that we can offer many services via phone, zoom, or email. Please get in touch by email, phone or through the Book a Librarian form on our website.


If you are self-isolating and unable to return items to the libraries you can renew them by logging into your library account or through the Nelson Public Libraries app. If an item has already been renewed once, just let us know and we can extend the due date through email or over the phone.

Click and collect

To make sure that all of our customers have access to our wonderful collection we have introduced a Click and Collect service. This is a free service available for all members of our community.

Our Digital Library

Existing library card holders have access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines and movies, television shows, documentaries and courses offered as part of the library’s extensive online services. Not already a member?

Become a digital member

The library’s online catalogue includes more than 13,000 ebooks and audiobooks, 2400 newspapers and 3900 magazines via PressReader and more than 30,000 movies, television shows, courses and documentaries with Kanopy. If you would like help accessing these items, please get in touch by completing a Book a Librarian form and one of our friendly staff will come back to you by phone, email or Zoom.