Explore the Collection

Hamilton City Libraries in New Zealand preserves Hamilton's rich cultural and historical legacy. The collection includes books, journals, magazines, memorabilia, and oral history, of which 2,000+ are currently available online.

The heritage collection includes copies of the Waikato Times from 1872 and unpublished letters and diaries of early Waikato settlers. You can also see the collection in person on Level 3 of Hamilton's Central Library.


The Search allows you to look for any words describing an object or person.

Enter the words you wish to search for. For more specific results: you can search on a phrase "fire station", include a word +photograph, exclude a word -portrait, search on part of a word plan*. Please see the Help topic on the Search for more details on how to formulate your searches.