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Central Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries

Library Charges
  • Free
Research Costs
  • $20 per half hour
Open Hours
  • Central Auckland Research Centre Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm Sir George Grey Special Collections Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: Exhibition room 10am - 4pm; Special Collections reading room CLOSED Main library Monday to Friday: 9am - 8pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Approximate Membership
  • 1.6 million population
Membership Cost
  • Free

Central  Auckland Research Centre is a reference only library on the second floor of Central City Library, Auckland.

It holds the largest Family History collection in a New Zealand public library, and is considered to hold a collection of equivalent status nationally and internationally to the holdings within a National or State library.

It has held certification as a Family History Library from Family Search (LDS) since 2003.

The Central Auckland Research Centre’s collection is supported and supplemented, by the “Sir George Grey Special Collections”, a heritage collection of international significance.

Amongst many other things, it contains early settler records, letters, diaries, manuscripts etc from Sir George Grey’s time as governor both in New Zealand and in Australia.

Auckland Libraries' has a commitment to future digitisation of its collections, and several of its historical collections have been digitised already and are available as searchable databases online. Auckland Library databases are free to use by all via the website.

All Auckland Libraries have access to Ancestry and FindMyPast UK. Access to our eResources and database is available freely via your laptop via the WiFi network, as well as by using the free public PCs we have available in the library.

Make the most of your research time by bringing a memory stick to save images to, and a digital camera, as alot of our items are unable to be photocopied for conservation reasons.

The Research Centre and SGGSC are open to any, and all, visitors, at no cost, and with no requirement for membership to Auckland Libraries.

Central Auckland Research Centre holds fortnightly family history sessions on a Wednesday between 12 noon and 1pm, starting on February 8, 2012 until the end of November.

The Research Centre also offers a research service to those unable to research for themselves.


New Zealand, Australian, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, South African, Pacific Island, Canadian and US.
Other research centres
There are three other research centres in the Auckland Libraries group. They specialise in Local History and hold New Zealand Family History resources.
Monday: 9am - 5pm Tuesday: 9am - 5pm Wednesday: 9am - 5pm Thursday: 9am - 8:30pm Friday: 9am - 5pm Saturday: 9.30am - 4pm Sunday: 10am - 4pm