Nelson Public Libraries Strategic Plan 2008 - 2018
Nelson City Council operates a network of three public libraries. The Elma Turner Library on Halifax Street is the main library and there are two community libraries - one in Stoke and the Nightingale Library Memorial in Tahunanui. The fourth service point is the library website - Nelson Public Libraries Online.
In 2002 Nelson Public Libraries set a five year vision for service - to deliver a customer focused and vibrant library service which informs, inspires and entertains the citizens of Nelson. The library mission was to enhance the educational, cultural and recreational interest of the community through Library services.
Throughout this period library staff continued to deliver quality services while adjusting to changes within the library and information environment. The public now expects to locate information whenever and wherever it is wanted - free of charge, and fast. These changed expectations have had a significant impact on library service delivery. Libraries collect and guide access to quality information and provide opportunities to participate in the online world. They support lifelong learning and digital literacy and encourage reading. Libraries encourage the community to capture, share and preserve their stories. They offer welcoming and innovative library environments which include public spaces for community participation and social connection. Above all, libraries create informed communities.
This new strategy highlights Nelson Public Libraries' key areas of focus for the next ten years. The broad goal areas take into account local community needs as well as reflecting practices and trends in modern public libraries and the digital world.