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Elma Turner Library

General Information

27 Halifax Street, Nelson 7010

03 546 8100

Opening Times - Check before visiting as might change

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Nelson Public Libraries as we know them today consist of the Elma Turner Library, Nightingale Memorial Library and Stoke Library. The Library was one of the first to be established in New Zealand, and has provided continuous library service for a longer time than any other New Zealand public library.
Notes for Cardholders

Standing and Queuing
Car parking is available directly outside the library doors, so limited walking is required to reach us. We have a variety of seating dotted all over the library for you to use. Our friendly staff can assist you to find books, resources and information and a seat while you wait, so you do not need to wait in a queue. When attending a programme at our library, we will ensure that you have a comfortable seat.
Level Access
Both entrances to the library are level and we have wheelchair parking available right outside the carpark entrance. Our friendly staff are on hand to help you to retrieve books and ensure that all areas are clear and wheelchair accessible at all times. In an emergency, we have trained staff who will assist you in getting out of the building.
Our friendly staff can assist you by describing the location of specific resources and facilities and are happy to walk with you around the library. We have a great range of seating areas within the library. When attending a programme at our library, we will ensure that you have a comfortable seat for the duration. We have a wheelchair available which you are welcome to use on request.
Urgent Toilet Access
The Library has two accessible toilets at each end of the building - one near the children's area and one in the adult area. Library staff are happy to escort you to the toilets.
Disability Assist Dogs
Disability Assistance Dogs are welcome. The staff will offer you water for your dog and will indicate the nearest place for the dog to relieve itself.
Essential Companions
Our libraries are free to visit, and it is free for members to borrow items. Our friendly staff will be on hand to assist you with anything you may need including a quiet space to sit or directions around the library. If you are attending a paid or booked-in programme, your +1 can attend to assist you.
Difficulty Accessing Visual Information
Customers who have difficulty with visual information are more than welcome in our libraries- and we have resources for you to utilise such as talking books and e-audiobooks. Our staff will be on hand to verbally describe the library layout to you and come around the library with you if you would like. We will always ensure no obstacles or tripping hazards around the library.
Difficulty Accessing Audible Information
We are not able to offer sign language, but our staff are happy to spend the time needed with you and will slow down and speak clearer, and can offer you pen and paper to communicate with you. We have several quieter areas in the library that you can utilise if it is easier to process audible information in a less busy atmosphere. There is visual information available with the library for wayfinding.
Hidden Disabilities
Our staff will ask you what we can do to help and will follow your lead. We are more than glad to assist you, so please tell us anything we need to be aware of to ensure you have the best possible experience in our library.
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