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Researchers

Start your research at the Alexander Turnbull Library

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Publishers & Authors

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Schools

Support for school libraries and learning

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Image search

Browse and search half a million digital images

Papers Past

Millions of pages of historic NZ newspapers

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PublicationsNZ

Search everything published in New Zealand

Donate to the collections

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Flickr Commons

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Free to download and use

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

Get advice

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Become an oral historian

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

Christmas hours

The Alexander Turnbull Library research services, and onsite access to all library collections will close 5pm Friday 22 December and reopen 10am Monday 8 January.

The He Tohu exhibition will remain open to the public on 27–29 December and 3–5 January from 10–2pm.

He Tohu Christmas hours

Unfolding the map

Unfolding the map, on now at the National Library.

Uncover the history of New Zealand held in its maps

Visit to learn about New Zealand's maps, from Polynesian navigation and the charting and surveying of Aotearoa, to modern developments in topographics and digital mapping.

Where are you from?

The sailor's hornpipe

Sailors hornpipe jig

Performed by Pipe-Major James Patterson.

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

Music collections

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Printed T from a tourism poster

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.

Our strategic directions

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.

Read the strategy