Telling the story of Ranginui and Papatuanuku on a Library tour


Request a tour now to see what's new, learn the basics of research, spend time with a specialist, or bring your class.

Introduction to Research

Want to make the most of the research facilities at the Library? Our knowledgeable Library staff can help.

  • Investigate the research areas on Level One.
  • Learn how to locate and request materials from the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Library collections.
  • Explore the resources in the Reading Rooms.
  • See the latest exhibition in the Turnbull Gallery.

Tours start at 11.15am. For groups of up to 10.

Duration depends on your needs.

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Specialist Tour

Do you have a particular area of interest or a special request? We’ll tailor a tour that meets your particular research need.

  • Speak with collection curators and subject specialists.
  • Get expert advice in your chosen area.
  • Learn your way around specialised areas of the collections.

For groups of up to 20.

Duration: 45 minutes.

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Schools Tour

Students will discover the Library’s role, the treasures it collects, and the technologies it uses to manage the collections.

  • Engage in our current exhibition with curriculum-linked education programmes.
  • Be introduced to the ground floor spaces and the digital collections.
  • Learn about the name Te Ahumairangi and how it relates to Wellington’s first Maori and European settlers.
  • See the latest exhibition in the Turnbull Gallery.
  • Learn how to research in the Library using catalogues and online databases, how to access primary resources on site and online, and how to access microfilm and microfiche material.

Tours can be tailored to suit specific subject needs or areas of interest.

Duration: 90 minutes.

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