We're reopening our iconic National Library building in Wellington to the public. Request a tour now to see what's new, learn the basics of research, or spend time with a specialist.

Interested in research? Introductory and specialist tours with Turnbull Library staff are available now. Want to explore the redeveloped building and our new programmes? Our Te Ahumairangi and schools tours are available from the end of November.

Email us to request any of the tours below. If there are any complications (numbers, available specialists, and so on), we'll help work out the tour that's best for you.

When you email us, please include when you want to come, how many people will be visiting, and any information about what you want your tour to focus on.

We also need your contact information, like where you're from and your phone number.

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 on the Ground floor
  • Find out how to use the Library’s digital collections, and find your own story there

Available from late November, 2012.

For individuals or groups less than five. Tours are available on Tuesdays at 11am, Thursdays at 2pm, and Saturdays at both 11am and 2pm.

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 your group.

  • 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.

Available now.

For groups of up to 20.

Duration: 45 minutes.

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Specialist Tour

Does your group 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.
  • Learn how to locate and request materials from the Alexander Turnbull and National Library collections.

Available now.

For groups of up to 10.

Duration depends on your needs.

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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.

  • Younger students will be introduced to the ground floor spaces and the digital collections. They’ll hear stories of Te Ahumairangi and its environment, and participate in activities and games.
  • Older students will learn about researching in the library, covering catalogues and online databases, how to access primary resources on site and online, and get a demonstration of access microfilm and microfiche material.
  • Curriculum-based programmes are available on request.
  • See the latest exhibition in the Turnbull and Ground Floor Galleries.

Available from late November, 2012.

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

Duration: Around 60-90 minutes.

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