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.

Please allow up to three working days for an initial response. Research fees apply.

Research Fee                                 

 First 15 mins free

 After that, $30.00 per half hour

On-site photography using own camera                                                     

 Photography allowed for many library and archival items, with staff   guidance. Some restrictions may apply. 


Scans, copies and prints

Image scans  $5.00per image
Document copying or scanning

 20 cents / page (A4/A3 b&w)

 40 cents / page (A4/A3 colour)

 $20.00 / sheet (Plan sheets larger than A3)

 $30.00 per half hour for staff to copy or scan multiple documents

Digital printout on high resolution paper (A4)  $5.00 per image
Digital printout on photo paper (A4 b&w)  $20.00 per image
Digital printout on photo paper (A4 colour)  $25.00 per image


Reproduction rights (in addition to production costs)

For non-profit organisations or a small-scale publication not for sale (e.g. family history publication for family only)    $5.00 per image                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
For use in a public/private commercial building on display  $10.00 per image
For use in a book or serial offered for sale  $20.00 per image
For use in a video, DVD, TV programme or film

 $30.00 per image

The Bill Laxon Maritime Library will contact you if there are likely to be additional fees for research copying or image reproduction.


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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