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art & reference library

Samoa House, level 2

283 Karangahape Road

Tāmaki Makaurau

Open hours:

Mon–Tue 11–4 (by appointment, via Calendly)

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  11am –5pm 


Samoa House Library emerged from Save the Fine Arts library - A group protesting the closure of specialist libraries at The University of Auckland. Samoa House Library is led by Samoa House and the founding intentions of the Fale Maota, established in 1976 by the Samoan Progressive Party, as a center for Pasifika youth and youth of Aotearoa.

Samoa House Library provides accessible resources and focused support towards the arts and art-related practitioners. Our programmes include free workshops and discussions, as well as events hosted on behalf of / in collaboration with other individuals, groups or organisations. Our growing collection of art, culture, and theory publications include over 6000 texts received primarily as donations from individuals, publishers, collectors and other organisations.  

Samoa House Library is an example that models collectivism and alternatives to education through research, practice and knowledge sharing. We strive to grow our learning, understanding and practice of community ethics. Exploring equitable art practices and sustainability within Aotearoa's Art ecology. We offer diverse Commissioned Writing Residencies and Research Residencies, affordable rental space to Neo Gracie Gallery as well as reduced rent on 8 studio spaces. 

At Samoa House Library we aim to be responsive and inclusive caretakers. We welcome all visitors to the library and encourage your investment into Samoa House Library and its community by reimagining structural norms and respecting the library in its many progressive and transformative layers.

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