National Library (Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa)

Molseworth Street, Wellington. (Opposite Parliament)
Thorndon, Wellington
Explore the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library collections in the Reading Rooms 10.00 – 5.00 Mon through Sat.

Engage with the expansive and free public programmes through exhibitions, seminars and workshops, digital resources and collaborative working spaces with wifi. Open 8.30 – 5.00 Mon through Sat

Access the collections from home or check out the programmes live at the moment on the library website.

The National Library has a concrete facade modelled on that of the Boston City Hall. The Ministry of Works (Peter Boyes) was the architect with completion in 1986.

It houses the Alexander Turnbull collection: one of the world's most important sources of research material on the South Pacific and also important works by poet John Milton.

Te Ahumairangi: An internal refurbishment by Warren & Mahoney completed in 2012, resulted in a welcoming and expansive public space on the ground floor with interactive digital facilities making the library a 21st Century knowledge centre. There is a popular public café (Home) on this floor.

The Turnbull Gallery is on Level 1.


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