About Us

The New Zealand Library Association Inc. (operating as LIANZA) is the professional organisation for the New Zealand library and information management profession.


To be the vibrant, vital professional voice for those engaged in Librarianship and Information management.


LIANZA works
(i) for library and information professionals in New Zealand Aotearoa by building communities to represent their professional interests and provide professional development services to them;

(ii) with library and information organisations to support the delivery of library and information services that are vital  to the economic, social, and cultural wellbeing of New Zealand Aotearoa.

Membership of LIANZA is open to individuals and organisations alike: the only membership requirement is an interest in the sector. As of January 2013 LIANZA had 1,638 personal members and 324 institutional members for a total membership of 1,962. LIANZA’s membership reaches into every library sector including public, tertiary, business, health & medical, law, central government, school and theological libraries and their professional staff.

LIANZA is an incorporated society founded in 1910. It is governed by an elected National Council, chaired by the LIANZA President and administered through its National Office, who act in accordance with the association’s Rules and Code of Practice. The LIANZA Community comprises the national organisation, Regional Committees, and Special Interest Groups representing industry sectors, activities and sub-regions. The National Library and LIANZA together provide the libraries Interloan Services. LIANZA Members are free to join as many groups and associations within the community as they wish.

In 2007 LIANZA established a Profession Registration Scheme and provides a framework and programmes for the library and information professional to continue their professional development and to receive awards and recognition for professional attainment. 

In addition LIANZA hosts an annual Conference which typically attracts in excess of 600 library and information professionals and includes a vendor exhibition of around 65 library suppliers.

LIANZA publishes a fortnightly magazine Library Life and twice annually its research publication The New Zealand Library & Information Management Journal

LIANZA has a formal partnership with Te Rōpū Whakahau (TRW), an organisation which unites Maori librarians and information specialists in Aotearoa New Zealand.

LIANZA is a member of IFLA - The International Federation of Library Associations.

Read the 2012-2015 LIANZA Strategic Plan