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National Library

Corner Molesworth and Aitken streets, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-474 3000
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Maps exhibition

The only thing to actually visit in the Library when I went inside was the current special... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Brisbane, Queensland
Exploring Wellington

It's so big. It has limited books. Thought there would be more but there was still lots to have a... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
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Corner Molesworth and Aitken streets, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-474 3000
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

The only thing to actually visit in the Library when I went inside was the current special exhibition on maps of New Zealand. It was alright, with a few very intricate ones and ones with novelty value like one showing the extent of light from...More

Thank geographyguy_11
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

It's so big. It has limited books. Thought there would be more but there was still lots to have a look at. You can't get books out of this Library but the staff were lovely and helpful when I went to have a look.

Thank Holleylolliepop
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Lovely place, utterly huge and curiously devoid of books. The guys on security are the best. If you need any help head to the lower ground level and they can help to you out!

1  Thank KarolaRS
Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is a treasure house, and a must-see for Wellingtonians and visitors alike. Purpose-built and looking a little forbidding from the outside, inside is a different story - the atmosphere is light and airy, there are different configurations of public spaces which are spacious and...More

1  Thank Janet760
Reviewed 24 March 2016

The national library, with extensive database of materials for viewing and research. Has exhibitions too

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 30 December 2015

After our visit to the Parliament buildings (please refer to my review about the Parliament here posted earlier), we dropped by here for a short visit as it was near it's closing time (almost 4.30pm) at 5pm. The National Library is just a short walk...More

Thank ZfyEd
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Even though we've lived in Wellington for near on 9 years, this was the first time we visited this museum (in fact we didn't even know it was there). The digital age stuff was great with the touch screens and the 3D printer, but the...More

Thank HypnoWarrior
Reviewed 28 October 2015

The National Library is well worth a visit if you want to be inspired by New Zealand past and present.

Thank donnabG87RX
Reviewed 23 July 2015

There are so many books and i think that is great because most modern liberys are so boring but this lirrary is differnt loved it

Thank pianist2003
Reviewed 5 July 2015

So many fantastic historical documentary heritage that you would be sorry not to visit. Excellent collections and amazing study spaces. Also the Turnbull Gallery on the 2nd Floor always has great exhibitions (usually better curated and fresher than those presented on the ground floor).

Thank Hokiarchgirl
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