The Friends of the Turnbull Library


Alexander Turnbull (1868-1918),
who gifted his library to the nation.
Read more about the history of the 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, to celebrate the centenary of Alexander Turnbull’s gift to the nation in 1918 and the subsequent establishment of the Alexander Turnbull Library in 1920, we are pleased to announce an Essay Competition for scholars interested in writing about any aspect of Alexander Turnbull’s life and/or his role as a collector. See Bulletin Board for more information.

A separate competition for school pupils will be announced shortly.