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An independent charity supporting the Alexander Turnbull Library for over 85 years.
Our aim is to ensure New Zealand’s stories and documentary heritage are available to all, so they can harvest the full potential of these rich collections.

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The Alexander Turnbull Library was established when Alexander Turnbull bequeathed his collection of books, manuscripts, maps and artworks to the nation in 1918. Since opening in 1920, the Library has grown to become one of New Zealand’s premier research institutions, with a mandate to collect, protect, preserve and make accessible the documentary heritage and taonga of national significance for all New Zealanders.

Its collections include publications, manuscripts and archives, oral histories, photographs, ephemera, music, maps, drawings, paintings and prints, digital materials, rare books, and fine printing. The collections have been built through donation, bequest, legal deposit and targeted purchasing, to contain millions of items.

The Library is supported by government funding, and is indebted to the generosity of its donors and the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust.

The Alexander Turnbull Library is part of the National Library of New Zealand, which sits within the Department of Internal Affairs.

The Alexander Turnbull Library holds in excess of 300,000 books, millions of issues from more than 40,000 magazine and periodical titles, over 60,000 maps and atlases, around 5,000,000 photographs, almost 1,000,000 feet of microfilm, over 12 kilometres of manuscripts, and approximately 120,000 drawings, paintings and prints.


Suliana Vea - Pasifika Collection

Anthony Tedeschi - Aurora Australis - Birds of Australia

Dr Jock Phillips - Peter Howden Letters

Chris Szekely - What the library is about

Llewelyn Jones - Robert Percy Moore Collection

Claire Viskovic - Book of Hours

John Sullivan - trust in the library









Our cultural heritage is not only the legacy of the past, but is a body of knowledge, imagination and creativity which is constantly evolving and growing every day. Today’s wealth of cultural expressions and knowledge will be our common cultural heritage tomorrow.

From The New Renaissance. Report of the ‘Comité des Sages’ Reflection Group on bringing Europe's cultural heritage online, 10 January 2011

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