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Publishers & Authors

Get an ISBN, a record, and advice about Legal Deposit


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The information you need, quickly and easily

Image search

Browse and search half a million digital images

Papers Past

Millions of pages of historic NZ newspapers

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Search electronic resources from around the world


Search everything published in New Zealand

Flickr Commons

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Free to download and use

Download high-res collection images and use them however you want.

End of year hours

The Library's closing up regular activities on Christmas Eve, and we'll be open again on Tuesday 5 January.

But join us on December 28, 29, and 30 for The Inbetween Time, a great set of events for the whole family.

Replacing Tapuhi

We're replacing the system you use to access the Turnbull's collections.

What researchers need to know

Haera ra

Meccano clock.

Johnny Wade and his Hawaiians

A recently digitised gem from New Zealand’s musical past.

T is for Tumblr

Illuminated letter T from a manuscript

Turnbull Rare Books

Beautiful and unique highlights from the collections, now on Tumblr!

Get advice

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Become an oral historian

Oral history advice and workshops to get you started, or hone your skills.

Tea break tweets

Carbery, Andrew Thomas H 1836-1870 :Scene in Hyde (and go seek) Park [Between 1863 and 1865]
An accurate portrayal of how windy it is today #tbreaktweets

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Our books in your hands

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Preservation advice

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Look after special items

Learn how to take care of your precious photographs, books, and digital documents with advice from the National Preservation Office.


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Open data

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Build new things

Data sets and API access to metadata for millions of records. Grab it and see what you can make!