The National Library of New Zealand Act 2003 replaced the National Library Act 1965.

The 2003 Act:

  • strengthened and clarified the relationship between the National Library and the Alexander Turnbull Library
  • established two new advisory bodies, the Library and Information Advisory Commission Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Kohikohinga Kōrero, and the Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library
  • included references to mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)
  • affirmed the collections held by the National Library as documentary heritage and taonga for the people of New Zealand
  • affirmed that the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library are held in perpetuity
  • extended legal deposit to include electronic publishing.

The Act can be downloaded or viewed on New Zealand Legislation website.

View the National Library Act (2003) on

Download the Legal Deposit Code of Practice

In 2010 the Act was amended to integrate the National Library with Archives New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs.

View the National Library Amendment Act (2010) on