Napier Library move to MTG Hawke's Bay - your questions answered

WHY IS THE MTG HOUSING THE LIBRARY?

The Library Building was recently assessed for seismic strength by an independent group called Strata. The building was found to be 15% of New Building Standards (NBS). This is very low, and could pose a potential risk to visitors and staff in the event of a large earthquake. Napier City Council is committed to the wellbeing of staff and our community and are now working through moving the facility to MTG until the building can be strengthened to an acceptable level.

WHAT PART OF THE MTG IS BEING USED TO HOUSE THE LIBRARY?

The rear of the MTG building will be used on Herschell Street.

IS THE MTG SEISMICALLY SAFE?

The MTG is considered seismically sound at 67% NBS.

YOU CAN’T FIT ALL THE COLLECTION IN THE CURRENT MTG SPACE SO HOW CAN YOU FIT A LIBRARY?

All museums have collection objects that aren’t always on display as well as historical archives that don’t need to be viewed by or accessed by the public at all times. We currently use a fairly large area of our MTG space for this purpose – archives and collection storage – while some items are stored offsite. It is a better use of public space to store most collection objects and archives offsite and use this portion of prime CBD real estate for something far more usable by the community.

WHEN IS IT MOVING?

The Library will be opening at MTG Hawke’s Bay on 7 February 2018, however we will be closing the archives and Octagon and Bestall Galleries on 2 October to enable the archives and exhibitions to be moved safely.

HOW LONG WILL THE LIBRARY BE HOUSED AT THE MTG?

We don’t know yet. We anticipate it will be at least two years.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE EXISTING EXHIBITIONS?

MTG will still have permanent and temporary exhibitions on display. Some exhibitions will be moved to different spaces over the next 6 months, but there will always be something for visitors to see.

WILL THERE BE ANY NEW EXHIBITIONS COMING UP?

Yes. We have an exciting programme of exhibitions and programmes being planned.

HOW WILL YOU KEEP PUBLIC ART AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC WITH LESS SPACE TO EXHIBIT?

We are looking at ways to maintain, as close as possible, to existing levels of collections on display such as: increasing the number of items in individual exhibitions, displaying more material in non-gallery spaces for example; corridors, outside lifts and in the main entry. These plans and ideas will be developed over the coming months and we plan to continue to offer a vibrant and rich experience for all our visitors.

WILL THERE BE A SEPARATE LIBRARY ENTRANCE?

The main access to the Library will be via the Louis Hay doors on Herschell Street. Visitors will also be able to access the Library through the main museum entrance.

WILL THERE STILL BE ADMISSION TO THE MTG?

Councillors removed the entry fees to MTG effective 2 October 2017 so that our community can seamlessly move between the two spaces without any barrier to entry.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT ANY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES RUN BY MTG?

MTG’s education programmed will run as before.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M A “FRIEND OF THE MTG” AND HAVE ALREADY PAID?

MTG is currently looking at the benefits of a Friends membership going forward, in the meantime Friends still receive a 10% discount in our MTG shop, and invitations to exhibition openings and special events as supporters of the museum. This is in keeping with other public museums and galleries with no entry fee.

WHAT IS THE FOOTPRINT OF THE TEMPORARY SPACE?

550m3

WILL THERE BE FREE WIFI?

Yes

WILL THE MTG HAVE THE SAME OPENING HOURS AS THE LIBRARY?

This will be confirmed closer to the time of the Library moving in.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT ANY EVENTS AT THE MTG CENTURY THEATRE

The Century Theatre will play host to concerts, conferences, performances and films as usual.

WILL THIS AFFECT ACCESS TO MTG ARCHIVES?

From 25 September to the end of the year the archive reading room and collection services will closed. We will be focusing on relocating the archives and de-installing exhibitions to make room for the Napier Library. Photograph reproduction requests will be available only where there is an existing digital image and turn-around times for orders will be longer than usual.

Archive reading room visits will resume in late December at the offsite facility. Visits will be by appointment only.

WILL THE PERMANENT EARTHQUAKE EXHIBITION STILL BE THERE?

Yes

NAPIER CITY COUNCIL CIVIC AND LIBRARY BUILDINGS - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Our Council teams currently working across both the Civic and Library buildings will be moving to three temporary locations between October to December 2017.  To find out about where they are moving to, the location of Napier City Council Customer Service Centre, the creation of a library strategy, and what the move to MTG Hawke's Bay means for the Napier Library, please read the FAQs.

20 November 2017

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