Terms of use

By using this website you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions.

Third party content

Some content on this site was produced by third parties. The Library provides a platform for this content, but does not own or necessarily endorse it.

National Library users should be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions contained in the third-party content on the website may be considered inappropriate today. They may have reflected the author or creator's attitude or the language used in the period that they were written.

We link to the websites of other agencies and organisations. The Library is not responsible for the content of those sites.

The Library accepts no liability or responsibility for the manner in which the information on this website is interpreted or used, or the results of such use.

Contribution of content

The Library is not responsible for any content contributed by users. This material may or may not be factual, and you should try to verify its authenticity before relying on it. If you are unsure of the accuracy of any user-contributed content then you can always contact one of our research librarians.

Contributed content must not include material that infringes intellectual property or privacy rights, breaches suppression orders or any other laws, or is purposefully inflammatory.

Contributed content may be licensed to any third parties under the most open licence available for New Zealand government use, which is currently the Creative Commons Attribution (BY) licence. If the licence used by the New Zealand government changes in future, we reserve the right to change the licence applied.

The Library has the right to remove any contributed content as it sees fit, and will do so if content violates these Terms and Conditions. In addition to any other rights available to the Library at law, your account can be suspended or deleted if you violate these Terms and Conditions.

The Library has the right to modify or remove user-contribution features at its discretion, including removing contributed content if deemed necessary. Wherever possible we will notify you of any changes by posting messages on this website.

Using images

Use of images from the website is allowed as set out below.

Personal use (e.g. homework, private research)

You are welcome to use the material on this site for purposes of private study or research, criticism and review. No further permissions are required for private use of images, however full citations and acknowledgements should be included wherever the images are used.

Reusing objects from this site

Conditions which apply to all other uses

For anything apart from private personal use, you must follow the procedures and conditions outlined on this page.

  • Contact us to seek and receive permission from the library.
  • Obtain clearances, for example, for copyright and donor restrictions.
  • Ensure the visual integrity of the image is maintained.
  • Acknowledge and cite the item correctly.
  • Pay any relevant reproduction fees.

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Terms for free downloads

You are welcome to share (copy, distribute, and transmit) and adapt (including cropping, recolouring and combining) these freely downloaded items for commercial and non-commercial purposes, as long as you:

  • Note and briefly describe any derivation or alteration of the original, and
  • Attribute the creator (if known), and
  • Attribute the Alexander Turnbull Library as the source.

Please link to the item's page, or cite its reference number, as this will help future researchers.

Images available for free download


When using registration features you must provide your real name and not impersonate anyone else, including falsely representing an affiliation with another person or organisation. Each registration is for a single individual only, and it is your responsibility to prevent unauthorised use of your registration.

EPIC accounts

If you are an employee responsible for e-resource purchasing for a New Zealand library you can request an EPIC account to access EPIC subscription pricing information for your library sector. 

EPIC subscription pricing information is ‘commercial in confidence’ and can only be shared within your organisation with employees responsible for e-resource purchasing.


To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Library excludes all responsibility and liability in relation to the website and the Library will not be responsible for errors, omissions or misstatements or be liable for any loss or damage however caused.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of New Zealand and users submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.

The Library may change these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting the amended Terms and Conditions online. You are responsible for reviewing the amended Terms and Conditions. By continuing to access this website, you agree to be bound by the amended Terms and Conditions.