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Donations

Find out how to donate or bequest an item to our collections. We cannot accept all items offered to us, although we appreciate the generosity of potential donors.

What we consider

All proposed donations to the National Library must go through an approval process.

When you offer us items, we consider them in relation to:

Donations to the Alexander Turnbull Library collections

The Alexander Turnbull Library collects a wide range of materials relating to New Zealand and the Pacific. Other collection areas also include non-New Zealand and Pacific books from before 1800, and fine printing.

The Alexander Turnbull Library was established in 1920 following Turnbull’s bequest to the nation of his magnificent library. It has continued to grow because of the generosity of individuals, whānau and organisations, whose gifts have enriched our collections for the benefit of researchers everywhere. You could be a part of this legacy.

More about the Turnbull Library collections

Offer an item to the Alexander Turnbull Library

To offer an item to the Alexander Turnbull Library, please email us with details about the items you wish to offer. We cannot accept items without prior consultation with you. Items sent to us without prior consultation may be disposed of. We are legally unable to accept anonymous or unsolicited deposits.

Email — atl@dia.govt.nz

Make a bequest or financial donation to the Alexander Turnbull Library

Bequests or financial donations can be made to the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust or to the Friends of the Turnbull Library.

Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust

Friends of the Turnbull Library

Donations to the Digital Collections

The Turnbull is actively seeking digital material to add to our collections.

We’re eager to take a look at your digital content, and if it’s in line with our collections policy, see about adding it to our holdings. This is a diverse and rapidly growing collection area, and it's much broader than just digital files.

To discuss making a digital donation, email us with details about the digital items you wish to offer.

Email — atl@dia.govt.nz

More about donating digital items

Donations to the Dorothy Neal White Collection

The Dorothy Neal White Collection of children's books has been built mainly through the generous donations of individual people and libraries. We welcome offers of donations to continue building the collection.

To discuss making a donation to the Dorothy Neal White Collection, email us with details about the items you wish to offer.

Email — atl@dia.govt.nz

More about the Dorothy Neal White Collection

Donations to the General Collections

We welcome donations to the General Collections that meet the Library's Collections Policy.

The primary focus is on published resources written by New Zealanders or Pacific Islanders or about New Zealand and Pacific Islands. They are also primarily in English, te reo Māori or Pacific Island languages.

To discuss making a donation to the General Collections, email us with details about the items you wish to offer.

Email — Collection.development@dia.govt.nz

More about the General Collections

Donating items

Donations and bequests help build the collections and support the activities of the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library. Contact us if you have anything you'd like us to look at.


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More info about donations

Read our collections policy