National Library General Collections

The General Collections cover all subjects to meet the current information needs of New Zealanders. The collections support the reference services we provide to individuals, schools and libraries.

The General Collections are increasingly focused on New Zealand and Pacific Island resources. They contain most New Zealand published material, including the second copy of legal deposit.

Our collecting focus changes to reflect demand. Current focus areas are:

  • business information
  • children’s literature
  • family history
  • library and information science
  • music
  • print disabilities.

Items are in a range of formats, including, books, magazines, microfilms, CDs, DVDs, videos and databases. The collections also provide access to overseas publications online.

National Library General Collections

General Lending Collection

General Serials Collection

General Reference Collection

New Zealand and Pacific Collection

Māori Reference Collection

Family History Collection

Music Collection

Print Disabilities Collection (Talking books)

Motor Manuals Collection

National Children’s Collection

Fiction Collection

Dorothy Neal White Collection

Susan Price Collection