Walsh Memorial Library @MOTAT


Named after New Zealand aviation pioneers Leo and Vivian Walsh, the Memorial Library is as old as MOTAT itself and having been set up in 1964 with support from the Walsh Memorial Trust and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

For almost two years, 2013-2015, the Library had been housed off site, but is now back at MOTAT in the lower level of the newly refurbished Pioneers of Aviation building.

The library has an extensive collection of material reflecting the MOTAT objects collection. The strength of the collection is in aviation and other forms of transport, trams, rail, road transport along with steam, engineering, communications, printing, military, mechanical and technical topics. Social history is also reflected in the collections as it played an important role in the development of transport and technology. The collections also tend to focus on the older technologies as they have evolved over the years.                             

The Library material includes books, archival material, manuals, photographs, periodicals and oral history recordings. This collection is available for use by researchers. MOTAT has also a dedicated children’s collection.

The Walsh Memorial Library catalogue is not yet available online, but a partial selection of the collection has been imported into Te Puna, New Zealand's national bibliographic database which can be searched here.  Library staff can help you with your search if you do not find what you are looking for.

The Walsh Memorial Library is a reference only Auckland library which is located at the MOTAT Great North Road site.  Access to library resources is between the hours of 10am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. 

*Please note the Walsh Memorial Library is closed on Public Holidays.