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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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Download high-res collection images and use them however you want.

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Become an oral historian

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

Our Christmas hours

The Alexander Turnbull is closed from 5pm Friday, 21 December. Reopens 7 January.

He Tohu is open 27 to 29 December and 3 to 5 January.

Ngā mihi harikoa mo te wā Kirihimete.

Plan your visit over the Christmas break

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Raurimu spiral and "engineering masterpiece". A single-track railway spiral, starting with a horseshoe curve, overcoming a 139-metre height difference, in the central North Island of New Zealand, on the North Island Main Trunk Railway.


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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.

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