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National Library

See the vast collection of books and use the interactive exhibits to learn about a young nation’s history at New Zealand’s most important library.

Visit Wellington’s National Library to see one of the city’s most recognizable buildings, which holds New Zealand’s largest collection of books. The library was created in 1965 when three other libraries merged to form an all-encompassing research and education facility for the people of New Zealand. 

Enter the library and find yourself on the Te Ahumairangi floor, given the traditional Maori name for the sacred mountain that overlooks Wellington. The entrance foyer is full of activities for visitors of all ages. Sign up for the Te Ahumairangi tour to embark on a journey through Wellington’s local history, including the story of the library. Learn important research techniques and the secrets of the library’s collection.

A number of exhibits can be found within the National Library. Stop to view Leading Edge, which explores New Zealand’s greatest innovations and the next generation of inventors and designers. Temporary exhibitions have included displays on the nation’s film and television stars along with exhibits about some of the books included in the collection. 

Use the facilities in the net.work space, which include high-powered computers with editing software, printers, scanners and Wi-Fi. Head to the Reading Rooms on level one for quiet study or use the broadband-connected computers to do some research. The on-site café is the perfect place to stop for coffee or a light snack.

The National Library is located in downtown Wellington. Reach it on foot or by bus from most central locations. Some metered street parking can be found in the area. The library is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Entry is free.


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