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.

Last year the Alexander Turnbull Library turned 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 were announced on Monday 14 September 2020, Alex Turnbull’s birthday (152 years ago), so we’re glad to celebrate his birthday in this way.

We have been very pleased with the response from schools in 2018, 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

Congratulations to all prize-winners, and hearty thanks to all those who entered this year’s Smart Alex creative writing competition!

See 2020 Competition Results for the full list of prize-winners, and a link to this year’s best entries.

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