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Terms and condition of use


You need to log in with a RealMe account to use some key features of our collections search tool:

  • collect items you have ordered in a reading room

  • update your details

  • ordering a digital copy of an item.

Creating a RealMe account means you can use the same login for Archives New Zealand and the National Library, as well as other government services like StudyLink and the Ministry of Social Development.

Learn more about RealMe here.


  • Pencils

  • Computers

  • Paper

  • Transparent bags

  • Cameras

  • Mobile phones (on silent)

Not permitted

  • Pens

  • Food or drink of any kind

  • Bags or suitcases

  • Computer covers or cases

  • Coats

  • Umbrellas

The handling and use of archives must follow the procedures outlined below. Any intentional damage to or theft of archives can result in criminal prosecution.

In the reading room

Handling the records

Copying and publishing