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Lockdown is a great opportunity to explore your family history, to delve into the past and see what you can discover about your family, community and city.

Thankfully, Auckland’s libraries and museums have many great resources available online for free to help you do just that.

Research with Auckland Libraries

Kura Heritage Collections Online 

Explore the wealth of Auckland Libraries’ heritage collections on Kura Heritage Collections Online, including, photographs, heritage maps, manuscripts, rare books, local history and more.

Libby by OverDrive 

Download the Libby by OverDrive app, and you’ll be sorted for all of your eBook and eAudiobook needs. Browse a huge range of quality fiction and nonfiction on your favourite device, including biographies, books on genealogy and New Zealand histories. You can browse OverDrive online. 

Auckland War Memorial Museum  

While the doors of Auckland Museum are closed, you can still experience some of your favourite parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira from home.  

Dive into this online collection and learn more about Auckland and New Zealand’s history, explore the archives of photos, video and articles, and enjoy activities for kids too.

Visit the museum website.

MOTAT collections  

MOTAT has an impressive online collection of more than 300,000 items telling stories of technology, innovation, transport and social history in New Zealand.  

The collection can be accessed online for free.

NZ Maritime Museum  

Explore New Zealand’s maritime heritage with this online collection of articles, galleries and videos covering notable events and figures across history.