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New Zealand Serials Collection

The New Zealand Serials Collection contains periodicals and magazines from New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and Great Britain. It is the country’s most comprehensive collection of historical New Zealand periodicals.

The New Zealand Serials Collection forms part of the Alexander Turnbull Library collections. It is kept for preservation and research purposes, while the General Serials Collection is held for current use.

Items in the New Zealand Serials Collection are available in a variety of formats, including paper, microfilm and digital.

The collection contains millions of issues from more than 40,000 magazine and periodical titles. We add about 25,000 items to the collection each year, through legal deposit, purchase and donation.

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Most original items in this collection are available from the Wellington Reading Room.

You may also be able to source copies of materials in this collection through other libraries. Our staff can assist you with this.

Search this site for descriptions of items in the New Zealand Serials Collection. Digital copies of selected early New Zealand periodicals are available on Papers Past.

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You can get copies from items in this collection, provided copying doesn’t breach copyright.

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