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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

Detail of a painting of a kea, focused on the eye.

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.

Change to our hours

We are changing our hours from
2 March 2019.

The National Library including the Reading Rooms will be open on Saturday, 9am to 1pm.

Researchers, plan your visit and order items you want to use on Saturday by 4pm Friday.

Haere mai

More about our change of hours

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Mount Cook lily

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

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

Music collections

Tiakiwai Conference Centre

Tiakiwai conference centre huakina mai te tatau.

Talk to us about your event

Bring people together in a conference centre cloaked in history, knowledge and cultural significance.

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