Donating digital items

The Alexander Turnbull Library is actively seeking digital material to add to our collections. Find out what we are looking for and how to donate.

What are we looking for?

We collect many kinds of digital material, including:

  • manuscripts and personal papers (drafts of novels, poems, letter, emails)
  • oral history recordings, transcripts, and abstracts
  • photographs (born digital photographs, not digitised prints or negatives)
  • cartoons
  • sound and video recordings
  • websites, including blogs
  • posters, newsletters, and ephemera
  • maps
  • electronic versions of serials and other publications

If you are considering donating your papers archives to the Library, think about whether there are digital components of your collection that could be added.

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.

Collections policy

Consider the Library when disposing of hardware and software

Saving digital content often relies on legacy hardware and software. We are always interested in hearing about any outdated hardware or software you would be willing to donate, to help us process our collections.

Donating digital files

Interested in donating digital material? You can contact us for advice and send us samples of your digital content so we can discuss your donation further.

Advice about donating digital files

We can provide advice on the best way to prepare the files and send them to us, or just answer your questions.

Drop us an email for advice at

Send us samples of your digital content

When possible, we like to receive files in their original formats. This is to ensure your digital donation stays as close to the state of creation as possible.

However, we may need to create copies in other formats for preservation or access purposes. We’ll discuss the matter with you when you contact us.

If you would like to send us samples of your digital content, please email us.

Email us

Facebook Archive Project

Is your Facebook account an archive of you? Participate in the Facebook Archive project by donating your account archive to the Alexander Turnbull Library so it can be preserved and available for future researchers.

Facebook Archive Project

Online digital publications

Online publications like ebooks, videos, and digital music are a growing part of our collections. If they are published in New Zealand they are required under Legal Deposit legislation.

Legal Deposit

We are interested in donations of online publications from the Pacific, especially Polynesia, or publications written by New Zealanders who are living and/or publishing outside New Zealand.

If you are interested in donating your online publication published outside New Zealand, use the forms below to give your authorisation for us to download the material from your site.

We are also interested in publications about New Zealand that are published outside New Zealand.

Archive online publication formArchive digital music — musicians, bands and labels form


Preserving and sharing New Zealand’s online heritage is very important to us. You can nominate your website for harvesting into the New Zealand Web Archive by emailing or 'Web archive nomination form'.

You can also nominate your site for inclusion in the Web Archive if your website is published in the Pacific, especially Polynesia.

You can email us or use the Webt archive nobmiantio form to nominate a website for harvesting.

Email —

Web archive nomination form

Preparing your files for donation

It is helpful if you can try and gather as much information as possible regarding your digital content before your material is collected by the library. If you don’t know, don’t worry!

Useful information may include:

  • file formats (such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, JPEG)
  • operating system (do you use Mac OS, Windows, or some flavour of Linux?)
  • rights information (for example, who owns copyright / intellectual property rights?)

Caring for your digital material

Digital files are much more fragile than their paper equivalents, and generally at a greater risk of loss.

Preserving digital material at the Library

If your items are accepted into the collections, they will be permanently preserved. Your files will be looked after in our digital preservation system, the National Digital Heritage Archive.

The NDHA ensures that as technologies and formats come and go, the digital heritage collections will be saved for researchers, students, and library users now and in the future.

Preserving digital objects — technical information about how security and access are managed in the NDHA preservation system

Preserving your digital material at home

There isn’t a single right way to look after your digital items, but there are a few standards that you can follow when creating your digital records, or preparing your records for transfer to the Alexander Turnbull Library. These make it easier for us to collect and preserve the material for future generations.

The best place to start looking for advice on managing your digital content is the Library of Congress digital preservation website.

Library of Congress digital preservation website