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Telling the story of Ranginui and Papatuanuku on a Library tour

Tours

Select which tour you'd like to take, and tell us what you need. If you haven’t had confirmation of your tour within 4 working days, call Anna Tiaki on +64 4 462 0303.

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

Te Ahumairangi | Introduction to research | Specialist tour | Schools tour


Te Ahumairangi

Te Ahumairangi is the sacred mountain of Wellington’s Mana Whenua, and they have given its name to the ground floor of the National Library.

Whether you’ve used the Library for years or are coming here for the first time, this tour will offer you something new.

  • Come hear the story of Te Ahumairangi
  • See the spaces, services, and programmes we offer
  • Find out how to use the Library’s digital collections, and find your own story there

Tours are available Monday to Saturday at 10.30am. For individuals and small groups, no booking is required. Booking for groups of up to 15 are available.

Duration: 45 minutes.

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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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