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Publishers & Authors

Get an ISBN, a record, and advice about Legal Deposit


Support for school libraries and learning


The information you need, quickly and easily

Image search

Browse and search half a million digital images

Papers Past

Millions of pages of historic NZ newspapers

Subscription e-resources

Search electronic resources from around the world


Search everything published in New Zealand

Donate to the collections

Donate items to the Library collections

Borrowing for an exhibition

You can borrow items to use in public exhibitions.

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.

Official books of condolence

Official books of condolence for the victims of the Christchurch attacks are available for the public to sign, at the National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Wellington.

Please come between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

You’re encouraged to share your thoughts in support of those affected by last Friday’s tragic events in Christchurch.

Kia kaha.


Mount Cook lily

Performed by Irene Ainsley, New Zealand contralto, with piano.

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

Music collections

Smart Alex

Smart Alex, and a handsome moustache.

Creative writing competition for secondary school students

Enter the Smart Alex competition and win great cash prizes.

Preservation advice

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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.


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Our books in your hands

Get National Library materials sent to your local library by making an interloan request.  And more.

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

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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.

Open data

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Build new things

Data sets and API access to metadata for millions of records. Grab it and see what you can make!


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