Napier Library has tales as old as time in books that are getting on too. Some outdate the library itself, where these books have been kept for the last 31 years.
Two months ago a seismic report on the Civic Building, where the library and Napier City Council are housed, revealed an earthquake risk.
Napier City Council's Director of Community Services, Antoinette Campbell says the building came in at just 15 per cent of the building code.
"Ideally we would want to be in the 67 per cent of the building code," she says.
In a city famous for previous earthquakes, that's not good enough so plans are in place for the library to close by Christmas - and remain closed for up to five years.
"We've still got quite a lot of work to do to figure out where we're going to take the library and the staff and the book stock but we are aiming for the end of the year," Ms Campbell says.
There are 122,620 items in Napier Library and just over 20 percent - 40,000 - will not make the shift. They'll be taken out of circulation, or 'deaccessioned'.
"We do deaccess books on a daily basis anyway so at the moment we have accelerated that process somewhat." Ms Campbell says. "Low use books do go through a deaccessioning process anyway but a lot of high demand books will remain in circulation and will be retrievable."
The books that are staying will go into long-term storage. Only a few thousand books will still be accessible, at Taradale Library or the alternative site, or at their request.
There will be a greater need for people to reserve books but Ms Campbell says the usual reserve fee will be waived to make the library as accessible as possible.
The council is keeping mum about where exactly the alternative library will be.
"Due to commercial sensitivity I can't confirm exactly where they are," Ms Campbell says about the three options that have been shortlisted.
Wherever it is, the new building will be more accessible by increasing opening hours - from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, as well as the addition of a late night.
"To give those people after work a bit more time to come and browse and just provide a better level of service to them."
Closing the Napier Library is the end of an era, but Ms Campbell also sees it as a new beginning.
"It's going to give us a good opportunity to experiment with how we deliver services differently, what works, what doesn't work, what can we take into the new library."
No jobs cuts are planned as a result of the move, and despite the constantly evolving technology, the demand for books and stories as old as time continues.
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