National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003

  • Editorial changes made in section 31(4) on 28 October 2021 under section 87(l)(ii) and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2019.
7 Purpose of National Library

The purpose of the National Library is to enrich the cultural and economic life of New Zealand and its interchanges with other nations by, as appropriate,—


collecting, preserving, and protecting documents, particularly those relating to New Zealand, and making them accessible for all the people of New Zealand, in a manner consistent with their status as documentary heritage and taonga; and


supplementing and furthering the work of other libraries in New Zealand; and


working collaboratively with other institutions having similar purposes, including those forming part of the international library community.