New Zealand Law Society - Auckland High Court Library guide

Auckland High Court Library guide

An access card is required for entry to the library.
24 hour access is available for lawyers with an access card, via the Anzac Avenue door.

Here is a more detailed guide to the Auckland Library. (For a quick view of all NZLS Library services see our Using the library section)

Location and access

The Auckland Library is located on the Lower Ground Floor in the Auckland High Court building (location map).

A door card is required for access.

We are staffed 8.30am - 5.00pm Mon - Fri.

Access is available 24/7 with a door card via the Anzac Avenue door.

Apply for a door card by filling in this application form and emailing it to


All library content, and its location, can be found on the Library catalogue on the computers.

The latest law reports and journals are displayed on the shelves by reception.

The Library is divided into four main sections: textbooks, journals, NZ material and Australian, Pacific Canadian and UK material.

Quickfind lists in blue folders on the desks around the Library will help you locate law reports and journals. Titles are listed in alphabetical order along with the library bay where they are shelved. An alphabetical list of citations is also included in the blue folder.

A quick guide to textbook subject areas is available on the wall beside the texts. The Library uses the Moys classification system. The numbering will generally start with KL (Common Law - General), KM (Common Law - public law) or KN (Private law). A set of numbers follows the letters to indicate specific subject areas.

The Law Society Library also has an extensive online collection of databases, some of which are only available from the Auckland High Court location. Three Library computers are available for practitioners to use to access these databases.

A comprehensive internal map of the library is available showing where specific materials and facilities are located

Printing / Copying

The Library has two photocopiers/printers available for use. Please see staff if you wish to print from a USB stick.

WiFi access

Free WiFi is available in the Auckland Library. 
A password is required to access the WiFi network NZLS-lawyer. Please ask Library staff for the current password.

The Library's subscription databases (LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters and CCH) can be accessed via WiFi and PDFs can be saved to your laptop. However printing via WiFi is not currently available.

Gown hire

Gowns for Court use can be hired from the Library daily or for extended periods (25% discount for more than 10 working days). We advise booking in advance using this form.

Gowns can also be hired by members who are to be moving counsel for admission ceremonies. Advance booking is essential.


Full length lockers can be hired for any time period, but are commonly taken on a long term basis. The annual cost is $150.00 plus GST. Our normal billing period is 1 July to 30 June. The lockers are situated in the robing room.

Work areas

There are many desks located around the Library, and power points are available at wall seats.

Lounge / Kitchen

The Library has a lounge available for practitioners use. It has a small kitchen which has tea and coffee making facilities.  Additionally there is a microwave, toaster and fridge.

The New Zealand Herald is provided from Monday to Friday.


If you don't have the time to come into the library, a document delivery and research service is available.

We can quickly provide copies of cases, articles or legislation, and our experienced legal researchers can carry out efficient and thorough research on any legal subject. Find out more here.