Acquisitions: A Living Collection

The Sir George Grey Special Collections continues to grow each year both by purchase and by donation.

Since Sir George Grey’s founding gift to the Auckland Free Public Library in 1887, the collections have benefitted from individuals and organisations, families and whanau, who have generously given materials to the Collections.
The Sir George Grey Special Collections is considered one of New Zealand’s trusted repositories for documentary heritage. We are keen to add to the collections, for the benefit of present and future generations.
We are always happy to discuss offers of items you may wish to donate to Sir George Grey Special Collections. Such offers will be considered in relation to our current collections.

What to donate

We are looking for:

  • Rare books
  • Ephemera
  • Maps
  • Manuscripts
  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Photographs
  • Records of clubs, societies and organisations
  • Personal papers

How to donate

If you’re interested in offering an item or material to Sir George Grey Special Collections, please contact us:
Phone 375 3384 or 375 3385 or email

Alternatively, please drop in to Sir George Grey Special Collections at:
Central City Library
Level 2, 44 – 46 Lorne Street
Auckland City.

If you would like to support the collections with a monetary gift, please contact The Auckland Library Heritage Trust via

Did you know?

That the author and illustrator of the 'Narrative of the operations and recent discoveries within the pyramids, temples, tombs and excavations in Egypt and Nubia', Giovanni Belzoni, worked as a fairground strongman before volunteering his services as a professor of hydraulics to Muhammad Ali Pasha, viceroy of Egypt.  View