Our services for researchers
The Alexander Turnbull Library provides world-class research services. Turnbull Library staff are experts in all kinds of topic areas, and research in general.
Use the collections
We've got it all
Very nearly, anyway. Books, newspapers, photos, databases, cd-roms, vinyl, journals...
Register and request
Collection items need to be ordered to be delivered to the Reading Rooms.
Register to use the collections, and then order your research materials.
Borrowing for an exhibition
You can borrow items to use in public exhibitions.
A helping hand
We love research
Our subject experts and research specialists are constantly building on their knowledge of the Library's collections.
If you have any questions - how you can use our material, or where else to look, they can help.
Get into it now
Start with our online research guides. Family history, whakapapa, children's literature and so much more.
Ask a Librarian
Can we help?
Can't make it into the library? Need to dig deeper? Ask a Librarian! Our experienced librarians can help you get where you want to go.
Need to talk to us right now? Phone us on 0800 474 300.
Making the most of your visit
What do I need to know before I come in to the Library?
You can make research copies of just about anything in the collections, using your own camera. Some items are too fragile, so staff will help you with those, and we have to make sure copyright is respected.