The Reading Room is open Mon to Fri, 12noon - 5pm | Sat 10am - 4pm. We're also open by appointment Mon to Fri, 9am - 12noon.
Book appointment by email
Friday12pm - 5pmSaturday10am - 4pmSundayClosedMondayClosed*Tuesday12pm - 5pmWednesday12pm - 5pmThursday12pm - 5pm
*Monday 5 June 2023 - Closed for King's birthday
Entrance to the Special Collections Reading Room, Level 2, Central City Library.
Get research assistance from staff at the desk
Staff and customers in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections (including Sir George Grey Special Collections) is one of New Zealand's key research destinations. It was originally established when Sir George Grey, the 19th-century Governor of New Zealand, gifted his significant collection to the city of Auckland in the 1880s and has continued to grow since this time.
Heritage Collections is part of Auckland Libraries' documentary heritage collections and is supported by local history and family history resources (newspapers, community archives and whakapapa research guides) provided by the four regional research centres.
In the collections, visitors will find maps, manuscripts, music, photographs, ephemera, serials (newspapers and magazines), oral history and music collections, and rare books.
They are a valuable resource for students and researchers of New Zealand history and biography. We are continuing to digitise our collections and make them available on
Kura Heritage Collections Online. You can search for collections and resources in the
Heritage Collections section of the website.
We welcome new donations to our heritage collections. If you are thinking of donating your archives and manuscripts, or other types of materials (photographs and books) you can visit the Heritage Collections Reading Room at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero Central City Library or one of our four research centres. Alternatively, you can
email or call us on 09 890 2553.
Lithograph of Auckland presented to George Grey in 1863 by the artist, British soldier Frederick Stack.
Mansion House, the Grey family's residence on Kawau Island.
A rare copy of William Blake's self-printed poem Europe.
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