We are always pleased to consider items for donation to the collections. When you offer us items, we consider them in relation to:
- our Collections Policy
- our current collections
- Library resources.
Donations to the Alexander Turnbull Library collections
The Alexander Turnbull Library was established in 1920 following Turnbull’s bequest to the nation of his magnificent library. Since then it has continued to depend on the generosity of individuals, whanau and organisations, whose gifts have enriched our collections for the benefit of researchers everywhere.
The Library collects a wide range of materials relating to New Zealand and the Pacific. Other collection areas include non-New Zealand and Pacific books from before 1800, and fine printing.
To propose making a donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details about the items you wish to offer. Please always email us before sending or dropping off material, as we are legally unable to accept anonymous or unsolicited deposits. Items sent to us without prior consultation may be disposed of.
Donations to the Digital Collections
The Turnbull is actively seeking digital material to add to our collections. We’re eager to take a look at your digital content, and if it’s in line with our collections policy, see about adding it to our holdings. This is a diverse and rapidly growing collection area, and it's much broader than just digital files.
To discuss making a digital donation, email email@example.com with details about the items you wish to offer.
Donations to the Dorothy Neal White Collection
The Dorothy Neal White Collection of children's books has been built mainly through the generous donations of individual people and libraries. We welcome offers of donations to continue building the collection.
To discuss making a donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details about the items you wish to offer.
Donations to the General Collections
We welcome donations to the General Collections that meet the Library's Collections Policy. The primary focus is on published resources written by New Zealanders or Pacific Islanders or about New Zealand and Pacific Islands. They are also primarily in English, te reo Māori or Pacific Island languages.
To discuss making a donation to the General Collections, email email@example.com with details about the items you wish to offer.
Bequests and donations
Gifts of money to the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust or to the Friends of the Turnbull Library help to support the Turnbull Library's collections and their research use. For more information, see the Friends of the Turnbull Library website.