Research centres

Central Auckland Research Centre

Central City Library
Level 2, 44-46 Lorne Street 
Auckland Central 

Tel: 09 307 7771

Monday - Friday 9am-8pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am-4pm

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Family history

Collection details
The Central Auckland Research Centre has one of the most comprehensive international Family History collections in a public library in the Southern Hemisphere. The extensive core collection covers the following countries: New Zealand (including whakapapa), Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, mainland Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada and the Pacific Islands.

The Research Centre has a team of skilled research librarians, who specialise in local and family history research, and are available without appointment during Central Library’s normal opening hours. If you are unable to visit the Central Auckland Research Centre in person you can telephone us with research requests on 09 307 7771 or email us

From February to November, the Central Auckland Research Centre also runs a series of popular free lunchtime events focusing on family and local history, and the famous Karen Kalopulu Family History Lock-In, an all-night research marathon that occurs in August each year.


Local history

The Central Auckland Research Centre holds the local history collection for Central Auckland.


Microfilm/microfiche readers

You can use any of the six microfilm/microfiche reader-printers to read the newspapers in the Central Auckland Research Centre.

These are available to be pre-booked for one-hour sessions before you arrive at the research centre. However, if not all the reader-printers are in use, you can extend your session. 

Please call the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771 or email us to make a booking.

Free electronic scans

You can take an electronic scan of an article or page of a newspaper and save the scanned pages as TIFF files onto a USB memory stick for free.

Please supply your own memory sticks as we do not sell them at the library. 



The Central Auckland Research Centre has heritage stationery (e.g. family history notebooks, pedigree charts) as well as general stationery, plus council and library publications (e.g. Real gold: treasures of Auckland City Libraries) for purchase.


Find out more about charges relating to regional heritage collections.  



Index Auckland: local history, art and music
Index Auckland is a rich resource of history, art, theatre, film and music references sourced from Auckland area newspapers and journal articles.

New Zealand Card Index
The New Zealand Card Index began in the 1950s and closed in 1996. It indexes a range of sources including local and national newspapers, New Zealand periodicals, books and scrapbooks.  


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