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Image search

Browse and search half a million digital images

Papers Past

Millions of pages of historic NZ newspapers

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Become an oral historian

Oral history advice and workshops to get you started, or hone your skills.

Collection availability

Due to the Kaikoura earthquakes, some of our collections were not available for research.

We are pleased to announce that most of the collections are now accessible and able to be ordered.

See what's available

Unfolding the map

Unfolding the map, on now at the National Library.

Uncover the history of New Zealand held in its maps

Visit to learn about New Zealand's maps, from Polynesian navigation and the charting and surveying of Aotearoa, to modern developments in topographics and digital mapping.

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Turnbull Ephemera

Beautiful and unique posters, prints, and other materials from daily life.

Turnbull Rare Books

Gorgeous manuscripts, intricate fine printing, and other wonderful objects.

Our strategic directions

Turning knowledge into value: this is the National Library's strategic direction to 2030.

See how we're aiming for big changes in taonga, knowledge, and reading.

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Preservation advice

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Look after special items

Learn how to take care of your precious photographs, books, and digital documents with advice from the National Preservation Office.