Located on the mezzanine level of the Gallery, the E H McCormick Research Library is open Monday–Saturday 1pm–5pm, except public holidays.
Established in 1956 and named after New Zealand art historian Eric H McCormick, our library team collects, cares for and provides access to extensive research collections on New Zealand and international art. Among the library’s resources, you’ll find scholarly books, the latest magazines and journals, audio-visual material, international databases and a unique collection of archives.
NEW – Research Library's archive collections can now be explored online.
Books, magazines and journals
Our library’s collection contains beautifully illustrated books that represent a significant source of knowledge on New Zealand and Pacific art, international contemporary art, historic and modern art, and museology. Search the online catalogue.
Our library holds some of the world’s leading visual arts magazines and journals, as well as a comprehensive list of New Zealand titles including Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture, published by the Gallery with the support of The Marylyn Mayo Foundation.
Explore 4000 artist files which have been built up over 50 years and are continually updated to provide insight into New Zealand and Pacific artists. Read through biographies, reviews, correspondence and interviews relating to established and emerging artists from Dan Arps to Jane Zusters. Search for artist files.
The Library holds extensive files on New Zealand painter Colin McCahon (1919–87) which include manuscript material, exhibition catalogues and ephemera, newspaper and journal articles. The contents are listed in the Colin McCahon Artist Files inventory. Further information on McCahon's work is available on the Colin McCahon Online Catalogue.
The Library holds the archive of Auckland Art Gallery from its opening in 1888 to the present day. Additional material on the Gallery and its history is held at Auckland Council Archives.
Search our exhibition catalogues from 1954–79 and the Gallery Quarterly journal, published from 1956–78, which contains information on the Gallery's history, collections and past exhibitions. Download the Gallery's exhibition history and archive listing.
The Library also holds a number of archives including those of Auckland galleries Artspace, IKON, Teststrip and Real Pictures and artists Bruce Barber, Jim Allen, Charles Tole, John Weeks, Marti Friedlander, May Smith, Malcolm Ross and Tony Fomison, and of art historians Michael Dunn, Tony Green and Peter Tomory. Explore the archives.
Auckland Society of Arts (ASA)
Beginning as the 'Society of Artists, Auckland' in the 1870s, the Auckland Society of Arts held yearly exhibitions from 1881 and was disestablished in 2004. The Library holds an almost complete run of ASA exhibition catalogues as well as exhibition records by artist from 1873 to 1947. These records are available to download by artist surname: Artists A-G, Artists H-L, Artists M-Q, Artists R-Z.
Find New Zealand Artists website
A joint project by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Find New Zealand Artists enables everyone from hobbyists to professional researchers to easily locate the wealth of artist information held across New Zealand libraries, published sources and art society records. Operating as an information portal, the website allows users to search for and locate information on over 18,000 New Zealand artists in one place.
Access specialist online art databases in the Library reading room including Australian and New Zealand Art Sales Digest, Artnet, Artprice, JSTOR and Oxford Art Online.
The library holds an extensive collection of both audio resources and video resources, which includes films and TV series on art and related topics, art and artist talks, lectures and events recorded at the Gallery from the mid-1970s onwards. The collection also includes archives, such as the NZ Society of Sculptors and Painters artist talks (1983–6) and interviews in the Women's Art Archive (1982–4). Please note that some material is held offsite and may require a few days’ notice to retrieve. Watch recent highlights.
For further information please contact our library staff:
Catherine Hammond, Research Library Manager
Caroline McBride, Librarian/Archivist
Tom Irwin, Assistant Librarian
Phone +64 9 307 7714
Fax +64 9 302 1096
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
PO Box 5449