Using Cultural Collections

Cultural Collections is home to unique, rare and valuable material in physical and digital form that supports learning, teaching and research. External clients are welcome and can access most Cultural Collections material following a simple registration process. Some digital content is available only to University of Auckland members due to licensing or other conditions.

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Search and access

The material is housed in several repositories and is searched and accessed in different ways.

Special Collections

  • To find published items, including books, scores, AV and pamphlets, search the Catalogue.
  • To find archival material, search Manuscripts and Archives.
  • Access is usually provided in the Cultural Collections Reading Room. Bookings are recommended, particularly for archives. See visiting details below.

Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound

TV and Radio, including Chapman Archive

University of Auckland Art Collection


  • To find microtexts, search the Catalogue.
  • Access is provided in the Microtexts Room. Self-scanning is possible; visitors should bring a memory stick to save scans.

Visit us

The Cultural Collections Reading Room is a welcoming space for individual research and class activities. Bookings are recommended; not all materials are on-site.

Copying and reproduction requests

Reference and reproduction copying can usually be supplied where copyright, access restrictions, and the condition of the material permits.

Readers can use their own device in the Reading Room to make reference copies, with permission.

To discuss your request, contact Cultural Collections.