Temporary Closure


Auckland Museum is making exciting changes that will soon result in new experiences and galleries for our visitors. Due to construction work taking place in the South Atrium, there will be noise in our Research Library.

Because the comfort of our visitors and staff is our top priority, we have decided to close the Research Library from October 2019 until early 2020.

You can continue to search Collections Online, and you may submit an image-order request to ask that material be digitised. We may also be able to recommend other institutions that might hold similar material; we welcome your enquiries.

We apologise for the inconvenience.


Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai
ki te Pātaka Mātāpuna o Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Welcome to the
Auckland Museum Research Library

 

Formed in November 1867 as part of the Auckland Institute, the Auckland War Memorial Museum Research Library Te Pātaka Mātāpuna is one of New Zealand’s major research libraries.

About the Research Library 

 

Tīmata

Explore

 

Delve into the rich social, artistic and commercial history of Tāmaki Makaurau through original letters and diaries, photographs and artwork, maps, fascinating ephemera, rare books, early newspapers and much more…

 

Search Collections 

A decorative poster map of the North Island. Surrounded by colourful sporting illustrations with a Māori-carving-style border. Produced by W.J. Gaudin Ltd.

Wellington: Universal Business Directories, 1958. G9080.N6. ID 8535.

The cover of Thalassa: an essay on the depth, temperature, and currents of the ocean by John James Wild. With charts and diagrams by the author.

London: Marcus Ward & Co.; Belfast: Royal Ulster Works, 1877. GC11 WIL. ID 59116.

Whare Pukapuka

Reading Room

 

In addition to an extensive collection of contemporary books and serials, our browseable collections also include facsimile maps and access to some digital resources. We also have displays that complement current exhibitions and showcase curatorial research.

 

Contact Us 

Tono Urunga

Book a Visit

 

We welcome requests to view original Documentary Heritage material in our Reading Room, which is open six days a week. Items are retrieved on a schedule, and ask that you give us a day's notice so that we can prepare material. We also welcome your enquiries about collections or research more generally.

 

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An image from The Peacock at Home, by Catherine Ann Turner Dorset. 6 unnumbered leaves of colour plates.

London: George Routledge & Sons; printed by Kronheim & Co., [c. 1880s]. PZ8.3 PEA. ID 18231.

A woodcut illustration by E. Mervyn Taylor from p. 12 of Verse, an anthology of writing by New Zealand children. Edited by Tom L. Mills.

“A Tiki book.” Wellington: Progressive Publishing Society, 1943. PZ8.3 VER. ID 25317.

Ngā Pātai

Enquiries

We welcome research enquiries relating to our collections, as well as broader subject-matter and general enquiries, including whakapapa (genealogy) enquiries and questions from students. We aim to respond within five working days.

 

Send us an enquiry

Ngā Whakaahua

Image Orders

 

Images of Museum objects are supplied for a wide range of purposes, from private research to commercial publication. Because orders can be complicated by copyright and other concerns, we suggest allowing considerable lead time.

Images that depict Māori and Pacific taonga are subject to cultural permissions protections.

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An image from the Farmer's Trading Company archive. [c. 1960s].

MS-1400. HTP04: box 5, folder 8, item 13.

Cool Store closures affecting access to photographic material

Due to significant building works currently underway at the Museum, our fragile photographic material held onsite in the Cool Stores is being moved offsite. We are able to take orders and requests during this time which will queue for processing as soon as these collections can be safely accessed again. We may be able to assist in identifying alternative images that are accessible or recommending other institutions that might hold similar material.

We apologise for the inconvenience; please contact us if you have any questions.

The aviator’s certificate of Lieutenant Harold Winstone Butterworth (1895–1916), Royal Flying Corps (WWI). Issued 10 July 1915. Part of MS-966.

Ngā Kōrero o ngā Hōia

Military History

 

Visitors to Pou Maumahara, our Memorial Discovery Centre, can research our nation’s military history and make personal discoveries about those who have served in the armed forces for Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

About Pou Maumahara 

Mō ngā Ākonga

For Students

 

The Library offers research-skills workshops for Year 11, 12 and 13 students, with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with original material. These sessions can be tailored to a particular subject or thematic study area.

 

Info for Teachers 

The cover of South Sea Islands, by Charles A. Borden.

London: Robert Hale Ltd., 1963. GN662 BOR. ID 47198.

Illustrations from Travels in the Air, edited by James Glaisher, F.R.S. “Second and revised edition, with one hundred and twenty-five illustrations.”

London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1871. TL620.A1 GLA. ID 39313

Ngā Koha

Donations

 

The Museum is home to millions of taonga, every one of which tells a story that helps interpret, understand, and illuminate the history of Aotearoa and its people. We welcome donation proposals that would fit within our collecting plans and enhance existing collections.

 

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