Bequests and Donations

Bequests and donations are very effective ways of supporting the Alexander Turnbull Library. The Library always welcomes bequests that may be of historical value, including books, documents, paintings, drawings, family papers and photographs. Financial bequests – made direct to the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust or to the Friends of the Turnbull Library – are used to support the Library’s work of collecting, preserving, and improving the dissemination of knowledge of New Zealand’s heritage.

The Friends of the Turnbull Library also seeks donations to assist in special projects. In 2006, members made generous contributions towards the cost of commissioning a bronze portrait of the late historian, Michael King, which was then presented to the Library. In 2007, donations were received to assist in the conservation of one of the oil paintings in the Drawings and Prints Collection.

In 2008, the Friends of the Turnbull Library was registered by the Charities Commission (registration number CC22660), confirming our eligibility to issue tax-deductible receipts for charitable donations.