Rare books

Auckland Libraries holds a number of important collections of rare books, ranging from former governor Sir George Grey's collection to contemporary private press publications.


Sir George Grey Special Collections

Rare book collections are housed in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at the Central City Library. These heritage items are for reference only and can be viewed in the Special Collections reading room.

Most of the books in the printed collections have been listed on the library catalogue, and more information is available from the Special Collections team.

Find out more about Special Collections’ rare book collections.


Angela Morton Collection

The Angela Morton Collection is a reference collection of books and other materials covering the visual arts of New Zealand from pre-European times to the present day. It is a memorial collection dedicated to the late Angela Morton, a North Shore resident devoted to New Zealand art. The nucleus of the collection was funded from an original family bequest in 1985. There is an ongoing commitment by Auckland Libraries to the present collection and its future development with the intention of confirming its place as an invaluable resource for the citizens of Auckland.

The collection can be accessed during opening hours at Takapuna Library.

Items can be searched for on the library catalogue, and new acquisitions are listed on the new titles page under ‘Special Collections’.

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