Specialist libraries

Our three specialist libraries provide a rich resource for staff and students engaged in research. They include extensive collections of rare and historic works, books, scores, recordings and online databases.


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Architecture and Planning Library|Te Herenga Waihanga

The Architecture and Planning Library holds print and electronic resources covering architectural history, theory and criticism, architectural design, building types, urban design, planning and planning history, landscape design, environmental science and social sciences. Included in these resources is an extensive pre-1920 historical books collection, biographical information on New Zealand architects, measured drawings, photographs, DVD’s and trade catalogues.

  • Architecture Archive – original drawings by New Zealand architects, predominantly in the Auckland area.
    More information about the Architecture Archive
  • Folio Collection – mostly 19th Century published architectural monographs
  • Historical Collection – old and rare books published between the 17th Century and the early 20th Century
  • Sheppard Collection – published articles, press cuttings, photographs and other architectural ephemera dating from the late 19th Century.

Architecture and Planning Library

Architecture and Planning Library
Level 2, Architecture and Planning Building
22 Symonds Street, Auckland
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88642
Email: lbrarch@auckland.ac.nz

Fine Arts Library|Te Herenga Toi

The Fine Arts Library serves the teaching and research needs of the Elam School of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History. Its collection is recognised as one of national significance. In addition to almost 50,000 monographs and over 200 serial subscriptions there are specific art databases and extensive e-resources to support in depth research.

The Library publishes the database INZART: Index to New Zealand Art, which indexes art-related material from serials held across the Library and art-related press cuttings. Other formats include CD-ROMs and DVDs in addition to archives, photographs and ephemera. Special collections include:

  • Artists’ books – a collection of unique hand-made or very limited edition artists’ books, predominantly by present and past students and staff of Elam.
  • Press cuttings – a collection of art-related New Zealand press cuttings dating from the mid-1960s.
  • Artists and gallery files – ephemera (postcards, flyers, posters, catalogues, etc) documenting exhibitions and activities of New Zealand artists and galleries around the country.
  • Snaps Gallery – the archive of Snaps Gallery, an Auckland gallery of the 1970s, one of the country’s first galleries to specialise in exhibiting photographic works.
  • Quoin Club – a collection of artworks by members of the Quoin Club, a group of Auckland artists who between 1916 and 1930 created iconic prints of the city, its industrial hinterland, and indigenous flora and fauna.
  • The Post-object Art Files – a collection of material deposited by New Zealand artists working in the field of post-object art. It is a historical collection dated from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. The material consists of a variety of formats; slides, videos, photographs, correspondence, catalogues and ephemera, press articles, statements, etc.

Fine Arts Library

Fine Arts Library
Elam School of Fine Arts
Level 2, Building 432 (lift access from Level 1)
20 Whitaker Place, Auckland
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88078
Email: fine.arts@auckland.ac.nz

Music and Dance Library|Te Herenga Pūoru

The Music and Dance Library offers researchers an extensive collection of books, scores, periodicals and recordings. Music resources covered include western art music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music. More recently, the library has acquired a rich collection of books, journals and audio-visual resources relating to dance. The collections are particularly strong in medieval and renaissance music, Russian music (one of the largest collections in the Southern hemisphere), opera, twentieth-century music (with a focus on New Zealand music), and New Zealand composers' published works.
Collections include:

  • Over 20,000 books with more than 1000 reference books and over 200 rare items
  • Over 30,000 scores including sets of parts, study scores and collected works of significant composers
  • Over 5,000 CDs and more than 4,000 LPs
  • Over 600 periodical titles
  • Around 150 theses
  • Microfilm and microfiche material
  • Music databases
  • Online subscriptions
  • Indexes and abstracts

Music and Dance Library

Music and Dance Library

Ground Floor, School of Music,
6 Symonds Street, Auckland
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85903 or 87024
Email: music.library@auckland.ac.nz