There are over 1.5 million books in our collections, mostly relating to New Zealand and the Pacific. We also have a number of non-New Zealand books.

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Start your search for books using the National Library Catalogue.

General Lending Collection

New Zealand and selected non-New Zealand books are in the General Lending Collection, which supports the current information needs of New Zealanders. You can borrow the books by interloan through your local library. From August 6, you'll be able to use them in the Library's Reading Room in Molesworth Street, Wellington.

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General Reference Collection

An extensive selection of non-New Zealand dictionaries, encyclopedias and directories are in the General Reference Collection.

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New Zealand and Pacific Collection

A selection of current and historical New Zealand and Pacific books covering all subjects are in this collection.

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New Zealand and Pacific Book Collection

Historical and current books relating to New Zealand and the Pacific are in this Turnbull Library collection.

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Turnbull General Collection

Books in the Turnbull Library relating to areas outside New Zealand and the Pacific are in the Turnbull General Collection.

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Special Printed Collections

Rare books dating from 1471 to the present day are in the Turnbull Library’s Special Printed Collections, including works by John Milton. Some items are listed on the National Library Catalogue.

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Turnbull Formed Collections

The Turnbull Formed Collections are the personal libraries of collectors that have been donated to us, covering a range of subjects. Most items are not listed on the National Library Catalogue.

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Māori Reference Collection

The Māori Reference Collection contains a selection of books by and about Māori.

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National Library Schools Collection

Fiction and non-fiction resources to support teaching and learning in New Zealand schools are in the Schools Collection. The collection is available for use by schoolteachers, trainee teachers and home schoolers. You can also borrow the resources by interloan through your local library.

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National Children’s Collection

New Zealand and selected non-New Zealand books written for children and young adults are in the National Children’s Collection. You can borrow the books by interloan through your local library, or use them at the Library's Wellington Reading Room.

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International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)

Recent and historical children’s books, including selected New Zealand books from the Dorothy Neal White and National Children’s Collection, are online at the International Children’s Digital Library website.

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Dorothy Neal White Collection

New Zealand and overseas children’s books in English published before 1940 are in the Dorothy Neal White Collection.

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Susan Price Collection

English language children's books published after 1930 are in the Susan Price Collection, which is housed in Susan's Wellington home. You can access the children's books by appointment.

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Other collections containing books

The collections listed below also include books.

 

More about the Music Collection

 

More about the Family History Collection

More about the Print Disabilities Collection (talking books)

More about the Fiction Collection