Specialist libraries

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


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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