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Image searchBrowse and search half a million digital images

Papers PastMillions of pages of historic NZ newspapers

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Flickr Commons

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

Open access high-res images for you to use.

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Borrow for an exhibition

You can borrow items from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections to use in public exhibitions in New Zealand or internationally.

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Open data

Detail of Light output chart, 1970.

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

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Haere tonu

Black and white photo of soldiers in WW1 beside a tent in a bush setting.

Performed by Ernest McKinlay

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

Music collections

Lilburn Research Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2023 fellowship to support New Zealand music research.

Learn more and apply

Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador

The first Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador is Lyttelton writer Ben Brown.

Find out more about Ben Brown and the role

Overseas Published Collections

Get the latest information about what we are doing with our overseas published collection.

Find out more about the project

Donate an item

Find out how to donate or bequeath an item to our collections.

Donate items to the collections

Oral history advice

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Oral history advice and workshops to get you started, or hone your skills.

Become an oral historian

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National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
The National Library acknowledges the support of Air New Zealand through the Te Puna Foundation