The Library’s collections are stored in many parts of the National Library building in Wellington, and in several other locations throughout New Zealand.

We think and talk about the collections as three main groups: the National Library General Collections, the National Library Schools Collection, and the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

National Library General Collections

The National Library General Collections cover all subjects to meet the current information needs of New Zealanders. These collections support the reference services we provide to individuals, libraries and schools.

General Lending Collection

General Serials Collection

General Reference Collection

New Zealand and Pacific Collection

Māori Reference Collection

Family History Collection

Music Collection

Print Disabilities Collection (Talking books)

Motor Manuals Collection

National Children's Collection

Fiction Collection

Dorothy Neal White Collection

Susan Price Collection

National Library Schools Collection

The Schools Collection contains fiction and non-fiction books, videos and DVDs. The collection provides resources to support teaching and learning in New Zealand schools.

National Library Schools Collection

Alexander Turnbull Library collections

The Alexander Turnbull Library collections contain New Zealand’s national documentary heritage collections, including both published and unpublished material.

The Turnbull Library is a 'library within a library'. Established in 1920 after Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull gifted his collection to the nation in 1918, its collections and services are now housed within the National Library building.

Published research collections

Published collections of the Turnbull Library contain books, magazines and journals, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, music, and other printed items that are published.

Cartographic Collection (published maps)

New Zealand and Pacific Book Collection

New Zealand Serials Collection

National Newspaper Collection

New Zealand Music, Sound, Audio-visual

Printed Ephemera Collection (posters, advertisements, programmes etc)

Turnbull General Collection (items relating to areas outside New Zealand and the Pacific, based on Alexander Turnbull's personal collecting interests)

Turnbull Formed Collections (items gathered by other influential collectors, or formed around particular collecting themes and topics)

Special Printed Collections (rare books and fine printed items)

Unpublished research collections

Collections of unpublished items, including original manuscripts, oral histories, photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, and cartoons, are organised by format.

Manuscripts Collection

    - Archive of New Zealand Music

Oral History Centre

Photographic Archive

Drawings, Paintings and Prints

    - New Zealand Cartoon Archive

Turnbull Library Pictures

Printed Ephemera Collection

Cartographic Collection