Using collection items in the Katherine Mansfield Reading Room

Using the collections


Search the collections online – heaps of collection images, websites, audio-visual material, and documents are available on this site.

Search the collections

You can also order the items you find for use in the Wellington Reading Rooms.

Reading Rooms

Come on in to use collection material in the Wellington Reading Rooms. Staff are available to help you find what you’re looking for.

Use the Wellington Reading Rooms

Collection items are delivered to the Reading Rooms throughout the day, but you need to register before making requests.

Learn how to register with the Library and request collection items

Making copies

You can make your own research copies of most collection items – bring in your digital camera. Our staff can help with the more fragile items.

Taking research photographs and making copies

See what we charge for different kinds of copies

Some material is restricted based on copyright and donor agreements, so talk to us about the options.

Borrowing through your local library

Get National Library material through your local library. Find the item you want, and talk to your librarian to get it sent to them.

How to get National Library items sent to your local library

Most Alexander Turnbull Library material cannot be borrowed through other libraries, but get in touch to see about accessing specific items.

Hiring choral and orchestral music scores

Choral and orchestral scores held by the Library can be hired for performances. Register to hire music, make a booking, and add your own scores to make them available to others.

Use the choral and orchestral music hire service

Borrowing for an exhibition

You can borrow items from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections to use in public exhibitions in New Zealand or internationally.

Read about our loans process and find out what what you need to do to borrow an item.

Borrowing for an exhibition