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Collection availability

Due to the Kaikoura earthquakes, some of our collections were not available for research.

We are pleased to announce that most of the collections are now accessible and able to be ordered.

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Legal Deposit consultation

We’re seeking input on the proposed inclusion of vinyl records within Legal Deposit, which requires publishers to lodge copies of their works with the Library.

If you want to let us know what you think, please respond to the questions in the consultation document on GOES. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

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Turning knowledge into value: this is the National Library's strategic direction to 2030.

See how we're aiming for big changes in taonga, knowledge, and reading.

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

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Turnbull Ephemera

Beautiful and unique posters, prints, and other materials from daily life.

Turnbull Rare Books

Gorgeous manuscripts, intricate fine printing, and other wonderful objects.

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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.