Bill Laxon Maritime Library

The Bill Laxon Maritime Library is a reference only library, with a comprehensive collection including:

• Books and magazines about New Zealand's maritime history
• Archives and manuscripts collections, including the Auckland Harbour Board Archives and the Northern Steam Ship Company Archive
• over 400,000 images of predominantly 20th century vessels 
• Vessel registers
• Hundreds of vessel plans and maritime charts
• Oral history recordings.
The library's catalogue is not available online, but we welcome enquiries from those searching for resources about a particular topic, vessel or voyage. 


Research services

If you would like to access the library's collections for research, you can visit the library on Thursdays 10am-4pm, or by appointment - Mondays - Wednesdays.

An entry fee of $10.00 is payable at the Museum's front of house.

If you would like to request that research be undertaken on your behalf, please complete a research enquiry form and we'll be in contact with you within three working days.
Research fees apply.

Research fee First 15 mins free
After that, $30.00 per half hour
Document scanning $30.00 per half hour (for multiple documents)
Document copying $30.00 per half hour (for multiple documents)
20 cents / page (A3/A4 b&w)
40 cents / page (A3/A4 colour)
On-site photography using own camera Photography allowed for many library and archival items, with staff guidance. Some restrictions may apply.
High-res scanned image for private or research use $5.00 per image (subject to copyright)
High-res scanned image for use in a book or serial offered for sale $25.00 per image (subject to copyright)
High-res scanned image for use in a video, CD-Rom, Exhibition, DVD, TV programme or film $35.00 per image

Looking for information about an ancestor's immigration voyage?

Here are some suggested starting points.

Contact the library

Phone (09) 373 0810



New Zealand Maritime Museum, Level 2.

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