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New Zealand’s national documentary heritage collection.
The largest archive of unpublished material relating to New Zealand music and musicians.
One of the most complete collections of right-wing and fascist publications.
Digitised pages from the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives.
75 works about Joan of Arc in both French and Englis
Specialist map collection with around 82,000 maps, including digital static images of maps.
51 works by the occult novelist Marie Corel.
230 items written in Danish and Norwegian.
8,000 children’s books published before 1940 from NZ, Australia, Britain and the USA.
More than 100,000 watercolours, drawings, sketchbooks, oil paintings and prints
400 volumes, chiefly concerned with beekeeping and bee culture.
200 books, periodicals, and manuscripts for the use of esperantists.
Resources for researching family history and genealogy. Birth, death and marriage indexes, cemetery indexes and shipping passenger lists.
59,000 English language books written for adults. Popular fiction, crime, romance and detective stories.
Material by or about New Zealanders from a range of New Zealand newspapers and journals.
250 titles largely made up of works concerning art and architecture.
1085 titles that belonged to former Prime Minister Peter Fraser.
31 works on Scottish history and Scottish Gaelic from 1831-1931.
The General Lending Collection has a strong NZ and Pacific focus. Books can be interloaned.
A large range of resources to support our reference services.
General Serials Collection includes print, online and microform journals, magazines and newspapers.
61 works on theosophy, vegetarianism, animals, marriage, sex, and motherhood by the esoteric writer Geoffrey Hodson (1886-1983).
Searchable database of abstracts and descriptions from about 1000 NZ periodicals and newspapers — 1950s to the present day.
171 titles, relating to major Italian artists and principally published in Italy during the 1950s. Most of the books are in Italian.
37 works on Marxist philosophy, published between 1901 and 1959. Works written by or about Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.
Manuscript collections, books and serial titles, posters, flyers, buttons, sound and video recordings.
Scientific and literary works, spanning the early 1800’s to the early 1900’s collected by the Mantell family.
New Zealand’s major collection of non-government manuscripts. It fills over 10 kilometres of shelving.
Published items relating to Māori. The collection focuses on iwi, whakapapa and land information resources.
100 works printed between 1518 and 1925, mostly in Italian. Covers European politics from the 14th to the 17th centuries.
The Motor Manuals Collection includes about 6,500 manuals for all makes and models dating back to the early 1900s.
The largest and richest music collections in New Zealand and a wide range of resources for music researchers and musicians.
100,000 books written for children and young people includes New Zealand and Pacific titles, award-winning and controversial children’s books.
These collections support our reference services and contain most NZ published material. Items are in a range of formats.
Newspapers from NZ, Australia, and the Pacific. The most comprehensive collection of historical New Zealand newspapers.
300,000 books relating to New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica. Topics include Māori and Pacific Island languages, voyages, and history.
New Zealand reference materials and New Zealand and Pacific books covering all subjects.
50,000 cartoons reflecting New Zealand society and politics. From the 19th century to the present.
31,000 music recordings, 7,000 scores and sheet music items, 4,500 videos and DVDs.
Millions of issues from more than 40,000 magazine and periodical titles from NZ, the Pacific, Australia and Great Britain.
A selected collection of archived websites about New Zealand and New Zealanders.
10,000 recordings in the collection. Recordings with people from New Zealand and the Pacific.
Papers Past is a goldmine of historical information. Millions of pages of digitised NZ content.
NZ’s foremost collections of photographs 1,600,000 items from the 1840s to the present.
This collection represents the ephemeral novel, and shift in publishing business models.
Fiction and non-fiction audiobooks titles for people with print disabilities.
200,000 ephemera items dating from the 1840s to the present.
NZ's national bibliography contains descriptions of novels, dvds, ebooks, maps, and magazines.
New Zealand church and school histories. Over 800 titles put together by Sir Thomas Ramsay (1907-1995).
Drawings, photographs, diaries and reports of Lord Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand 1897 to 1904.
74 titles from the library of William Ranstead 1859 to 1944. Includes works by Robert Blatchford the founder of the socialist newspaper 'The Clarion'.
29,000 printed books, along with medieval, non-western and some early-modern manuscripts. Includes John Milton's collection.
1100 titles concerning Scottish literature, history and topography donated in 1941 by Robert Hogg, socialist, journalist, editor and poe
Over 1000 titles — serial publications by amateur handcraft printers and amateur journalists.
430 titles of Irish literature and Trimble's published works on slavery.
Fiction and non-fiction books, and DVDs to support the teaching of the NZ school curriculum and learning goals from Year 1 to Year 13.
72 titles includes works on the language and dialect, and the literature, history, and geography of the Shetland Islands.
Sir Donald McLean's (1820 to 1877) papers. 100,000 digitised items and 3000 letters in te reo Māori.
Search electronic resources and databases from around the world.
A private collection of children’s books published from 1930 to today.
Ko tēnei kohinga o Te Reo Irirangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika ko ngā putunga kōrero o te pātaka o te teihana reo Māori o te Whanga-nui-a-Tara. 1983 me 1994.
An archive of Te Upoko o Te Ika radio programmes mostly broadcast between 1983 and 1994. The Wellington-based Māori radio station has covered most of the Māori community events in the region.
New Zealand’s most important research publications, particularly for science. 1868 to 1961. Includes science, ethnography, agriculture, history and literature.
40,000 books related to areas outside New Zealand and the Pacific. It includes works on Milton, and the history of the book.
200,000 photographic copies of images from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections — drawings, cartoons, maps posters and photos.
List of personal libraries of collectors that have been donated to us.
210 illustrated books published in England during the mid to late nineteenth century.
550 titles that relate to comparative religion, philosophy, theology, ethics, morality and health.