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Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries

Research Costs
  • $20 per half hour or document supply $6 per item
Open Hours
  • Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Approximate Membership
  • 1.6 million population
Membership Cost
  • Free

Auckland Research Centre is a reference only library on the second floor of “Auckland City Library, Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero”.

It holds the largest Family History collection in a New Zealand public library, and is considered to be of equivalent status nationally and internationally to the holdings within a National or State library.

It has held certification as a Family History Library from Family Search (LDS) since 2003 – one of only two public libraries to have this certification (the other being the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington).

The Auckland Research Centre’s collection is supported and supplemented, by the “Sir George Grey Special Collections”, a collection of Australasian importance.

Amongst other things, it contains early settler records, letters, diaries, manuscripts etc from Sir George Grey’s time as governor both in New Zealand and in Australia.

Auckland Libraries has a commitment to future digitisation of its collections, and several of its historical collections have been digitised already and are available as searchable databases online. Auckland Library databases are free to use by all via the website.

All Auckland Libraries have access to Ancestry, and Auckland Research Centre (ARC) has subscriptions to FindMyPast UK and FindMyPast AU/NZ which are free for the public to use within the Centre. 1911Census is also available at ARC, free to search, but 30c per credit - $3 for household transcripts and $9 to view original image.

Make the most of your research time by bringing a memory stick to save images to, and a digital camera, as alot of our items are unable to be photocopied for conservation reasons.

The Research Centre and SGGSC are open to any, and all, visitors, at no cost, and with no requirement for membership to Auckland Libraries.


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