Welcome to Friends and Supporters of the National Library of New Zealand


The National Library Society’s primary aims are:

  • To support and promote the National Library of New Zealand
  • To strengthen the links between the Library and the community
  • To help the public to discover and enjoy the Library’s resources

The reach of the Society extends to schools, public libraries and other
institutions throughout New Zealand.

Benefits of membership:

By becoming a member of the National Library Society you will be supporting a national institution of vital importance to our cultural heritage. Membership will enable you to develop a closer association with the Library and learn more about its activities through:

  • Invitations to Gallery openings and cultural events at the National Library
  • Exclusive visits and tours of the National Library and other institutions
  • Participation in the National Library Society’s social and cultural functions

Visiting the National Library

National Library Society Activities


In line with its stated aims, the Society continues to find ways to promote the work of different parts of the Library, through events and through our publications. Since the reopening of the Library in November 2012 we have built a good relationship with the dynamic Public Programmes team, led by Peter Rowlands. The aim of this group, which is part of the Literacy, Learning and Public Programmes team, is to give visitors and regular Library users a

new experience of New Zealand’s documentary heritage – on site and online – through themed programmes and events. These include exhibitions which are backed up by material from the Library’s collections and use some of the latest interactive technology. Close liaison with Peter Rowlands and his team enables the Society to plan events and keep members informed of what’s happening on Te Ahumairangi, the ground floor, and the exhibition space on Tiakiwai, the lower ground floor.