Libraries at Orange in the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Information on how libraries will operate at Orange in the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Libraries Facilities

  • Under the orange traffic light alert level, we require people 12 and older to have vaccine certificates before they enter our libraries.
  • You are required to show or scan your vaccination pass before entering the library.
  • Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult/caregiver due to the need to scan in using the NZ Covid Tracer app or to sign in using a paper slip, so that their visit is recorded. 
  • A 12 year old has up to 3 months after their birthday to gain a vaccine pass in order to enter libraries.
  • It’s mandatory to wear a mask indoors where people gather publicly, so please wear your mask when visiting our libraries and facilities.
  • Please scan in using NZ COVID tracer app or sign in manually using the slips provided.
  • Each library will have capacity limits based on its size (1m² per person).
  • Public programmes and events will be available where the required capacity limits based on 1 metre distancing is applied. 
  • Imagination Station LEGO play area at Tūranga has reopened. The slide is currently unavailable due to repairs.
  • The Discovery Wall is back in action at Tūranga. The Mobile Discovery Wall is back and will be hosted at a different library each month. See our events calendar for more details.

Mobile and Outreach

  • Mobile and outreach services will continue to operate where one metre distancing is applied

Click and collect service

  • Ready Reads click-and-collect service for people is being trialled in selected libraries. Check Ready Reads or phone 941-7923 for more information.


Renewing and returning your items

  • You can renew items on our website or by calling us on 941-7923.
  • Please return items through the after-hours return slot at any library (not necessarily the one you borrowed from).

Online services

  • You can join the library online for free.
  • Digital content is available 24/7
  • Free WiFi is available outside all libraries


What library services can unvaccinated people access?
Library membership enables everyone to access online services and digital content 24-7 from home. This includes access to eBooks, documentaries and movies. We will also be trialling a Ready Reads click-and-collect service at selected libraries.

Will library programmes that have been on hold during Alert Level 2 now be able to operate?
Yes, however capacity will depend on the spaces available for each programme. Find out what’s on nearby by visiting our events page and calendar.

Will unvaccinated people be able to use library meeting rooms?
No. In order to protect our staff and communities from Covid-19, meeting rooms will only be available for use by people with vaccine certificates and those under 12 (when accompanied by a double-vaccinated adult).

How will libraries and cafes be able to monitor who has a vaccine pass?
People will be required to have their vaccination pass scanned when they enter the building. We will help you with this.

Can I pick up my holds if I don’t have a vaccination pass and can’t visit the library?

  1. Ring Fingertip Library on 941-7923 and let them know you want to pick up your hold from the library.
  2. Fingertip will let you know how any payment due can be paid.
  3. Fingertip will ring the library and let them know you are coming to pick up your hold.
  4. The Library will get your hold, and issue it to you.
  5. When you arrive outside the library, tell the security guard you are here to pick up your hold, and show them your library card. Please wear your mask.
  6. The security guard will then give you your hold.