Library research requests, valuations and book loans Research requests Library staff respond to many email and other enquiries based on our collections. If the question is focused and something we can respond to in a short time (say 15-20 minutes from one source), there is generally no charge. However, we do offer a research service at the rate of $50 per hour for enquiries which require checking a number of sources or more in depth research. Copying charges will also apply. Book valuations Although the Museum Library has a large number of old books, we do not have resources for providing valuations. There may be a number of auction and book dealers sites on the Internet, which may be able to help. Some larger public libraries and secondhand book dealers may have valuation publications. Book loans Some Members of the Auckland Museum Institute (Life Members, Members from before 1996, library subscribers) may borrow from most of the book collections. We do lend some items through inter-library loan to other libraries. However to the general public we do not lend out our collections as they are rare and valuable reference material.