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Collections policy

The National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, was established by legislation in 1965, and collecting is core to its purpose and functions. This Collections Policy outlines the scope of the National Library collections and its mandate for collecting. The Collections Policy also provides a set of principles which inform the Library’s collecting activities, and are outlined further in the collecting plans for the various collecting areas in the Library.

National Library of New Zealand Collections Policy

We are very pleased to have completed the review of our Collections Policy and Collecting Plans. Thank you again for your feedback.

Download the summary of the first round of feedback (pdf, 353KB)

Download the summary of the second round of feedback (pdf, 118KB)

Collecting Plans 2016 – 2018

The collecting plans outline the scope, strengths, priorities, and actions to support the principles in the Collections Policy, across all collecting areas in the National Library.

Cartographic | Download (pdf, 141KB)

Drawings, Paintings, and Prints | Download (pdf, 176KB)

Ephemera | Download (pdf, 136KB)

Manuscripts | Download (pdf, 202KB)

Music | Download (pdf, 153KB)

New Zealand and Pacific Publications | Download (pdf, 173KB)

Oral History and Sound | Download (pdf, 175KB)

Overseas Publications | Download (pdf, 182KB)

Photographs | Download (pdf, 165KB)

Rare Books and Fine Printing | Download (pdf, 186KB)

Schools collection | Download (pdf, 131KB)