Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

LIANZA: The Voice of the Library Profession in Aotearoa New Zealand


The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa is a vibrant non-profit and membership based organisation that advocates on behalf of library and information professionals within the sector.

Our association is member-driven and therefore provides a network of communication and knowledge between librarians all over Aotearoa New Zealand, and extends to Australia, (ALIA)America (ALA), and Britain (CILIP). Our members are dynamic, passionate professionals who work behind the scenes planning, lobbying, and implementing changes to secure the future of our libraries here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

First established in Dunedin in 1910, LIANZA, formerly known as the NZLA (New Zealand Library Association), is the recognized official body through which recommendations for Aotearoa New Zealand library services are made to the government and other organisations. These recommendations are often concerned with the wider social, cultural and educational needs of Aotearoa New Zealand citizens.

We actively work in the following ways:

If you're interested in getting involved, contact us. You don't need to be registered to make a difference!

Recent submssions include our Submission to Education and Workforce Select Committee on the Equal Pay Amendment Bill.

Read our draft discussion document on Freedom of Expression.

Read our Submission to the Review of Vocational Education (RoVE). 


Changes to copyright have the potential to impact libraries and can restrict a society's access to knowledge.

Development Contributions and Libraries

Changes to recent legislation impact future library builds.

Previous campaigns

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