Auckland Libraries: Researching places in Auckland

​Researching places in Auckland

Te rangahau wāhi o Tāmaki Makaurau

Do you want to know the history of your street, suburb, community, local church or school? Looking for information on a building or public place? Here’s how you can find the information you're looking for.

Search the library catalogue 

Start by searching the library catalogue. After entering your search word or phrase, you will see a Catalogue tab and an Articles tab. 

To limit or expand your search results, tick or untick boxes in the Refine by section.  

Refine by options next to catalogue search result for Howick.

Items for library use

Many local history items are reference only. You will need to visit the library or research centre that holds these items.

Browse online resources

When researching the history of a place or building, try these online databases:

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As your research progresses, you may need to: 

Each research centre has a unique collection and areas of speciality. They hold historical NZ Government publications, manuscripts, maps, ephemera and oral history resources.

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Some community libraries also have significant local history collections such as the East Coast Bays Library, Birkenhead Library, and Pukekohe Library.

Auckland heritage institutions

There are heritage institutions that hold collections and resources that may be useful to your research:

You can also check out Auckland Council archives  to find:
  • early maps of Auckland
  • historic district plans
  • former district and city council records
  • building and property records
  • rating and valuation records.