Events and exhibitions

Image from the 2012 Auckland Heritage Festival. Events and exhibitions

Every year, Auckland Libraries celebrates heritage with a variety of regular and special events. These include seminars and workshops, heritage walks, author talks, and the annual Karen Kalopulu Family History Lock-in.

Our exhibitions showcase a wealth of visual material within our heritage and photographic collections. Exhibits consist of images, manuscripts, historic books, maps and ephemera.


Auckland Heritage Festival

Auckland Heritage Festival features events across the region, and is an opportunity for Aucklanders to celebrate and remember our past, and discover our unique heritage. The festival runs for a fortnight and is held annually, in September-October.


Family history lunchtime series

A series of free events focusing on family and local history. Discover new resources to further your research. These events are held fortnightly between early-February and the end of November, at the Central City Library.


Family History Month

August is Family History Month and you're bound to find something to interest you. Hear experts, learn new skills or take part in a local event. There is something for the researcher in you!

Auckland Libraries has a wealth of information and experts when it comes to family history research. From specialist staff to regular events, from subscription databases to one of the most comprehensive family history collections in a public library in the Southern Hemisphere.


Family History Club

Curious about your family history? Want to know where to start? Brick wall? Lack of time? Has your research been gathering dust and you want to restart? Then the Family History Club is for you! Join experts from Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Genealogist for a day of research.


Karen Kalopulu family history lock-In

The annual lock-in is a unique 12-hour overnight research session that occurs in August each year. The event was founded by Karen Kalopulu, our family history librarian who passed away suddenly in 2009 after being with us for 30 years. Run in partnership with the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the lock-in offers participants the chance to:

  • 'Camp out' and enjoy a night of unlimited research at the Auckland Central Research Centre – who knows what you'll find?
  • Discuss your research with other family history researchers and experts in a friendly atmosphere.



Sir George Grey Special Collections has a continuous programme of exhibitions – usually four each year – giving visitors the opportunity to view a selection of heritage materials.

View a selection of images from our online exhibitions below. Click the picture to take you to the related exhibition.

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