Jonathan Dennis Library

The Jonathan Dennis Library is a reference library from where researchers can request access to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s collection of books and periodicals relating to film and television, and view items from our Documentation Collection .

Jonathan Dennis Library

The contents of the Jonathan Dennis Library and our Documentation Collection are accessible on request to researchers who wish to consult our extensive collection of film and broadcast-related books, papers, photographs, scripts, ephemera, production records and artefacts in the Katherine Mansfield Reading Room at the National Library Building, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington 6011.

The library is named after the first director of the New Zealand Film Archive (now Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision), Jonathan Dennis, whose personal library formed the origins of the book collection. Dennis’s research into early New Zealand films contributed much to our knowledge of them today.


By appointment. Please contact us – we are happy to assist with your research enquiries. We ask that researchers give at least 7 working days’ notice to allow for retrieval and preparation of material for supply. Appointments can generally be booked between 10.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, lasting up to a maximum of 3 hours at a time. This service is free of charge.

What is in the Library?

The Jonathan Dennis Library encompasses:

  • a research facility, where materials can be viewed
  • a vault area, where documentation items are stored in a controlled preservation environment.

Books and Periodicals

Held in the Jonathan Dennis Library are a collection of over 5,000 books and periodicals relating to New Zealand and international film and TV culture, history, production and reception. Includes trade publications, scholarly works, biographies and compiled reviews.

Documentation Collection

A Documentation Archivist in the Jonathan Dennis Library.

A wealth of documentation items relating to Aotearoa’s moving image productions, past and present, can be viewed in the Jonathan Dennis Library. This includes stills, posters, publicity files, scripts, manuscripts, animation cels, ephemera, and more spanning our nation’s moving image history. Learn more about the Documentation Collection.

Film and TV Related Audio

A range of audio interviews and oral history items relating to film and television in New Zealand are also housed in the Jonathan Dennis Library.