Back to top
Back to top

Napier Libraries go Fines Free

We’re excited to announce that from the 1st of July all outstanding library fines have been removed, and fines will no longer be charged to library members going forward. Charges for lost or damaged items will remain.

Evidence from libraries in New Zealand and overseas has shown that overdue fines are a barrier to people maintaining membership and engagement with their library. When borrowers feel embarrassed about owing money, they stop visiting and stop borrowing books. Ultimately this creates a barrier to equity and limits our ability to provide our community with fair access to information and life-long learning.

Over the last few years Napier residents have been affected by economic and social hardships including the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Napier flood, the current cost of living crisis and the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle. This has made it even more difficult for some library customers to be able to pay fines owing, and has created further barriers to library access for some in our community.

Overseas libraries that have stopped fines have noticed that customers became more likely to return books. This is exactly the outcome that we are seeking for our libraries and our customers.

Remembering to return your items is made easier as we will email you a reminder when your loans are due. Simply login to your account on our Napier Libraries App and choose to receive a reminder either three, five or seven days before the due date. Overdue items will auto-renew up to two times, as long as another customer hasn’t placed a reserve. Placing a reserve is also a free service for Napier Library customers.

If you have fines for overdue loans, then please, come to Napier’s libraries and return your books without the fear of fines!

Interested to find out more? Check out

25 September 2023

Back to News

Taradale Library

View Opening Hours

24 White Street
Taradale, 4141
New Zealand

Napier and Taradale Library - Copyright © 2023 Napier and Taradale Library

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including , pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© - / +64 6 834 4180 /