National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa

National Library Leadership Team

The National Library is led by the National Library Leadership Team, consisting of the National Librarian of the National Library, the Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library, and other senior staff members. The Minister responsible for the National Library is the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Advisory Bodies

Two advisory bodies established under the National Library Act 2003, advise the National Librarian and the Minister with Responsibility for the National Library:

Alexander Turnbull Library

The Alexander Turnbull team develops and maintains a comprehensive collection of documents relating to New Zealand and its people. The Alexander Turnbull Library holds both published and unpublished collections.

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

The Turnbull Library's unpublished collections include original manuscripts, oral histories, photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, and cartoons, organised by format.

Staff in the Alexander Turnbull Library:

  • build and manage comprehensive collections across all formats
  • arrange and describe items in the unpublished collections
  • provide access and research advice for the Turnbull Library collections
  • produce the annual research publication, the Turnbull Library record.

Services we provide

The National Library provides a wide range of useful services, whoever you are. These are just some of what we offer:

For researchers

  • Search the collections of the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library
  • Research online and at the Library
  • Get expert advice on all kinds of topics and formats

For librarians

  • Services for Te Puna member libraries
  • Search the Directory of New Zealand libraries
  • Interloaning collection items
  • Sector reports and research

For publishers and authors

  • ISBNs, ISSNs, and ISMNs
  • Cataloguing in Publication
  • Legal Deposit
  • Public Lending Right
  • Selective and domain web harvesting

For schools

  • Curriculum services
  • Resources for learning
  • AnyQuestions and ManyAnswers
  • Advisory services
  • Support for school libraries
  • Professional development

For business

  • Access subscription databases
  • Advice on finding the information your business needs

You can also pay us a visit if you want to know more about donating to the collections, getting advice on preservation, see what’s on, and much more.

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