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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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New Zealand libraries may be considered in the categories characteristic of most western countries – namely, public, university, school, special, and national or state libraries, each with an individual range of basic stock to meet specific requirements of service. Development during the 120 years of organised settlement has been slow and, although there are impressive pockets of strength, New Zealand's isolation and fluctuating economic fortunes are clearly reflected in its book collections.


Austin Graham Bagnall, M.A., A.L.A., Librarian, National Library Centre, Wellington.