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Our heritage collections are all reference only and are open to everyone to be viewed in the Reading Room on Level 2 of Central City Library. Appointments are not required and there is no charge for using the collections, except for copying and reproduction services.
There are no set times for retrieval of items and all requests are retrieved from secure, environmentally controlled storage. Items can be pre-ordered in advance by searching the
library's online heritage databases and indexes and contacting staff with the details (title, author, reference number) of the items you wish to view by calling 09 890 2553 or by
Staff may also be able to advise researchers on their research and the most likely sources of information.
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.
Heritage Collections curates around three major exhibitions each year. These are inspired by and draw from the collections and are held in the gallery adjacent to the Reading Room. Smaller displays are also held in the Atrium space on Level 2 and the Reading Room at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero Central City Library.
Latest exhibitions can be found on the Library's events page.
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