The purpose of the Parliamentary Library is to serve New Zealand’s Parliament by delivering trusted information and research.
Established in 1858 as the General Assembly Library, it became the Parliamentary Library in 1987. Since 1 October 1985 it has been part of the Parliamentary Service. The Parliamentary Librarian reports to the General Manager who is the Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Service. There are further details on the agencies supporting the NZ Parliament on our website.
The Parliamentary Library provides services and products to three client groups, each with a different level of service:
Primary Clients – Members of Parliament and their staff
Secondary clients – Parliamentary Service staff
Community clients – Members of the public can obtain information on all aspects of the New Zealand Parliament through our Parliamentary Information Service