Publications New Zealand
New Zealand National Bibliography
The New Zealand National Bibliography (NZNB) is a list of publications from or about New Zealand. It provides a record of New Zealand’s publishing activities and is a reflection of the social, cultural and scientific endeavours of this country.
Scope of New Zealand National Bibliography
The NZNB does not include every item that is published in, or that relates to, this country. The following material is selected for inclusion in the NZNB:
- books, pamphlets, serials, non-book, and
- electronic materials published in New Zealand
Also included is material published outside New Zealand and with one or more of the following characteristics:
- at least one fifth New Zealand content
- a New Zealand setting for fiction, film, videos or dvds
- a New Zealand contributor, e.g. an author, editor, illustrator or composer
The following material is excluded :
- unpublished material, for example, theses
- chapters from books, articles from journals
- ephemeral material, for example, calendars, slight publicity material, election leaflets.
Records describing items that are out of scope for NZNB are still included in the Library’s catalogue when such items are added to the Library’s collections.
Definitions used by New Zealand National Bibliography
Film — if a film is not published or set in NZ there must be a substantial NZ input into its creation for it to be in scope for NZNB. Substantial means more than one person named in the catalogue record, because they are significant to the film, is recognised as a New Zealander.
For example, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films are in scope because of the substantial NZ content in terms of script, editing, direction, special effects, on top of the impact of these films on NZ identity. The Last Samurai is out of scope for NZNB as it is essentially an overseas film that was made in New Zealand.
Published — is defined as all works available to the public, including works for limited distribution only. Videos, dvds and music sound recordings where the distributor is the only New Zealand contribution are out of scope for NZNB.
New Zealand — works with a New Zealand location as a second or later place of publication are not regarded as New Zealand publications.
New Zealand contributor — If there are up to 3 authors/editors and 1 is a New Zealander, then the work is in scope. If there are more than 3 authors/editors, the work is only in scope if the first named author/editor is a New Zealander.
Publications New Zealand Metadata
The Publications New Zealand Metadata Dataset contains bibliographic records of books, periodicals, films, music and other material published in New Zealand, or with a significant New Zealand content.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Download monthly reports of new records added to Publications New Zealand
Download archived Publications New Zealand monthly reports
You can download all past NZNB monthly reports as .zip files. Please note that these are large files.
January - December 2019
2019 NZNB monthly reports in PDF format (19.4 MB)
2018 NZNB monthly reports in PDF format (19.6 MB)
2015 NZNB monthly reports in PDF format (18.8 MB)
2012 NZNB monthly reports in PDF format (19.4 MB)
2011 NZNB monthly reports in PDF format (19.6 MB)
January 2002 to February 2005
Book cover image service
The Publications NZ Book Cover Image Service provides access to thousands of book cover images for New Zealand publications. The service is intended for New Zealand's libraries to help them promote the New Zealand publications in their collections.
Setting up your systems to use the cover images is easy. Download the book cover image service guide (pdf, 60KB).