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Open data

Download or get API access to data from the Library and other organisations, and turn it into new apps, analysis, or reinterpretations. This metadata includes titles, dates, cataloguers’ descriptions, and more.

Build new things

We are making more data available, and in more accessible ways, as part of the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework and Open Government Information and Data Re-use Work Programme.

We're working on compiling and licensing more data sets, but if you can't wait, data.govt.nz has lots of government data for you.


XML showing metadata for an INNZ record

INNZ metadata

Index New Zealand (INNZ) is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the early 1900s to the present day.
Detail of a diagram showing how the DigitalNZ API works

DigitalNZ API

DigitalNZ makes New Zealand digital content easier to find, share and use by bringing together the descriptive information (metadata) about the collections of over 150 organisations into one place.
Sheep, hills and punga.

Papers Past data

Find and use Papers Past data for research using the Papers Past pilot open dataset or with the DIgital NZ API.

Redirect — Papers past newspapers

Turnbull metadata via DigitalNZ API

Use the DigitalNZ API to access and use metadata.
EAD data, ready to be data-fied.

Turnbull unpublished collections metadata

Find out about the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) records created by the Alexander Turnbull Library for its unpublished collection materials.
EAC data, ready to be data-fied.

Turnbull names metadata

Find out about the names authorities created by the Alexander Turnbull Library for its unpublished collection materials.
[Partial XML for a book by Margaret Mahy, showing the kind of data available for download

Publications NZ metadata

Publications New Zealand is New Zealand's national bibliography. The Publications New Zealand dataset contains bibliographic records created or identified by the National Library and other New Zealand librarie
Metadata from the Ngā Upoko Tukutuku dataset, showing two subfields.

Ngā Upoko Tukutuku metadata

Ngā Upoko Tukutuku is a standardised terminology for Māori subject headings, for use in cataloguing and archival description.

Te Puna Web Directory metadata

Te Puna Web Directory (TPWD) was the National Library’s directory of Internet-accessible New Zealand information sources. It was retired in May 2016.

Feature image: Detail of Light output chart, 1970.