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20 million books delivered to New Zealand schools

Media Release 21 April 2009
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20 million books delivered to New Zealand schools

The National Library of New Zealand celebrates the delivery of its 20 millionth book to a New Zealand school since 1992. The lucky recipients were the students at Mt Roskill Primary School.

“The 20 millionth book is just the tip of the iceberg, we have been providing resources to schools for over 70 years. The book delivery service is well loved and well used by almost all schools in New Zealand”

“Our focus is on supporting educators to develop young New Zealanders who are engaged and motivated readers, with the skills to be confident and creative users of information “ Geraldine Howell, Director of Services to Young New Zealanders at the National Library.

The Library issues over one million books to schools every year from a collection of 600,000 resources. This Service to Young New Zealanders provides unique opportunities for students to connect with their culture and heritage through the Library’s vast and rich collections.

More information about the National Library and its Curriculum Information Service can be found on


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