Using this site
The National Library website gives you access to our collections, services, and advice. Read on to see what you can do here.
What you need
Researchers, librarians, educators, students, publishers, and authors can get started in their own section, linked at the top of every page.
Get to the right pages from anywhere in the site.
New researchers and old hands can find out how to use the collections, start their work with online research and expert advice, and prepare to come into the Library.
Librarians get access to Te Puna and other National Library services, and information about cataloguing and interloan management.
Publishers and authors can prepare for publication by getting an ISBN or other standard number, a pre-publication record, and information about the Public Lending Right scheme. There’s also everything you need to know about Legal Deposit.
School librarians, teachers, and students will find everything they need on the Services to Schools site.
Dip a toe in the pool of millions of collection items by browsing through what we’ve got.
Hit the Collections section of the site for some special highlights and a whole lot of convenient ways to slice up the collections. Check out some of our favourite pictures, music, articles, and artworks, or just what’s new.
Our blog is filled with fascinating pieces about the collections, behind the scenes tales, talk about the library world, and insight into library tech.
Follow us on twitter for daily morsels from the visual and newspaper collections.
Search, filters, and related items
Search the site to pull in items from all across the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library collections. Published, unpublished, books, manuscripts, images, newspapers, articles – whatever you need.
Search broadly or broadly or deeply. Enter your term in the search box (or get more advanced search options) to start. From the results page you can go straight to collection items, refine your results, or find fascinating new places to go.
Narrow down your results by using the filters in the sidebar on the left. Click the small padlock next to a selected filter to make it lock, and then you can search again without losing your settings. Unstick the filter by clicking the ‘x’.
Using the stuck 'Modify' filter
The online search matches up with the physical archival folders in the Alexander Turnbull Library. This means you can find groups of related items and browse through them like you would when you’re at the Library.
Expand your search into related names, places, and subjects using Related Topics, available at the top of the results page. In Librarian-speak, these are called authorities, and they can help you dig up items you might not otherwise discover.
Gallery view and ordering images
Your search results include a gallery view, showing all the online images available under your search term. Photographs, illustrations, posters, drawings, cartoons and more show up here. More images are being added constantly as the collections grow and we digitise more items.
You can order high-res copies of many digital images, for personal use, display, or publication. Add an image to your cart by clicking the shopping cart icon on the results page, or the Order Copy button on applicable record pages. Some images need to be checked for permissions by staff.
We’ve identified a bunch of images that you can download immediately, and for free – you’re welcome to use them any way you choose. More are added as we clear the rights. Take a look through our free download pool and grab a few.
Ponsonby Drum & Fife Band, 1/2-000384-G
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