Using the collections
Search the collections online – heaps of collection images, websites, audio-visual material, and documents are available on this site.
You can also order the items you find for use in the Wellington 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.
Collection items are delivered to the Reading Rooms throughout the day, but you need to register before making requests.
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.
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.
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.
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.