New Zealand Library Week

Page 3 – Further information

The feature was written by Imelda Bargas with assistance from Fran McGowan and produced by the team.   

Key resources



  • Book & print in New Zealand: A guide to print culture in Aotearoa, eds Penny Griffith, Ross Harvey and Keith Maslen, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1997.
  • Library service in New Zealand, 2nd edn, ed. by Alan D. Richardson, Wairarapa Education Resource Centre, Masterton, 1995.
  • W.J. McEldowney, New Zealand Library Association 1910-1960, Wright and Carman Ltd, Wellington, 1962.
  • John Harris, Library development in New Zealand, Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1947.
  • A.L. Kidson, ‘The Mechanics' Institute', Education, No 10, 1971.
  • David Verran, ‘New Zealand mechanics' institutes and their effect on public library development', Aplis, Vol 18 No 3, September 2005.
  • David Verran, ‘Government subsidies for public libraries in New Zealand 1877-1935', Aplis, Vol 18 No 4, December 2005.

Read more about libraries in our main centres

Read more about the history of the libraries in some of our main centres online on their websites, or check out one of these books at your local library.



  • Rachel Barrowman, The Turnbull: a library and its world, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1995.
  • Wynne Colgan, The Governor's gift: the Auckland public library 1880-1980, Auckland City Council, Auckland, 1980.
  • E.H. McCormick, The fascinating folly: Dr Hocken and his fellow collectors, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 1961.
  • Mary Ronnie, Freedom to read: a centennial history of Dunedin Public Library, Dunedin Public Libraries and the Dunedin Public Library Association, Dunedin, 2008.

Read more about other NZ librarians

Read about some of the many other men and women who have contributed to New Zealand libraries:

How to cite this page

'Further information', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 22-Sep-2021