The Friends of the Turnbull Library


The Friends of the Turnbull Library (FoTL) supports the work of the Alexander Turnbull Library, and promotes public interest in the Library’s collections.

Titiro ki muri kia whakatika ā mua.
Preserving the past to enlighten the future.

The Alexander Turnbull Library is a guardian of our heritage, a great research institution serving the general public and scholars in the fields of historical research, literary, cultural and genealogical studies.

This year the Alexander Turnbull Library turns 100, having first opened its doors to the public in June 1920.

The Friends offered a special centenary event: a creative writing competition for school students, in two categories, years 9-10 and years 11-13.


Winners will be announced on Monday 14 September 2020. This date, 14 September, was Alex Turnbull’s birthday (152 years ago) so we’re glad to be celebrating his birthday in this way.

We have been very pleased with the response from schools in 2018 and 2019, and once again in 2020. We want to encourage young people to investigate the amazing range and depth of digital items that can now be accessed online from the vast collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Go to Smart Alex

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