Jonathan Dennis Library

The Jonathan Dennis Library is a reference library where researchers can explore 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 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 email us – we are happy to assist with your research enquiries.

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.