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The information you need, quickly and easily

Image search

Browse and search half a million digital images

Papers Past

Millions of pages of historic NZ newspapers

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Search everything published in New Zealand

Donate to the collections

Donate items to the Library collections

Flickr Commons

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Free to download and use

Download high-res collection images and use them however you want.

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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.

Where are you from?

Po atarau

Farewelling a plane.

A song of farewell performed by the Rotorua Maori Choir.

A recently digitised gem from New Zealand’s musical past.

Music collections

T is for Tumblr

Printed T from a tourism poster

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.

Read the strategy