Detail of composite image of the National Library building, seen in Te Ahumairangi

Te Ahumairangi

Join us, enjoy us, bring your friends and experience your heritage at the Library.

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday | 9am to 1pm, Saturday | Corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington

Te Ahumairangi, the Ground Floor of the National Library

Join us at Te Ahumairangi, the ground floor of the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library.

Walk in and be welcomed

Enter near the Ra and waka, from where we extend out manaakitanga, and the Kaiarahi team will welcome you. We'll guide you to the spaces, places or people who can help you discover our collections and services.

Come to work, meet people, enjoy the galleries and programmes, and have a bite to eat. Head upstairs to use the Alexander Turnbull Library Reading Rooms and visit the Turnbull Gallery.

Bring your friends

If you are looking for something tailored to the needs of your group or school, book in for a tour to arrange a customised experience that suits you perfectly.

When your group arrives at the National Library, the Learning Facilitators will host you and help you out.

Experience your heritage

Explore the Alexander Turnbull collections and resources from all around New Zealand, including New Zealand on Screen and Archives New Zealand, through our digital interactives.

Settle down in the AV pods , and listen to Te Reo Māori oral histories , delight in the creativity of Mix and Mash , or revel in our nation’s music through Play it Strange.

Search dates, names or places that matter to you with Lifelines, a one of a kind way of finding your heritage in the collections. Recapture your past or your family, whanau, hapu or iwi history, create a lifeline and email it to yourself.


On your way to HOME for lunch or while you are waiting for your take away coffee, make sure you check out our retail area. It features a treasure trove of unique and beautiful items that showcase some of our most talented artists. Choose from beautiful books, designer gifts, and original artworks – indulge your curiosity.