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In February 2022, we’ll be replacing Archway with a new collections search tool. Using the new search, you’ll be able to:      

  • filter your search results more easily than in Archway

  • track archives you’ve ordered online    

  • see your order history.

Collections search launch date

You’ll be able to use the new search from Tuesday 8 February 2022.

Log in to collections search with RealMe

You need to log in with a RealMe account to use some key features of the new collections search tool.

Creating a RealMe account means you can use the same login for Archives New Zealand and the National Library, as well as other government services like StudyLink and the Ministry of Social Development.

Learn more about RealMe

Register for RealMe

If you don’t have a RealMe account, you can register for one when you start using the new search.

Find out how to register for RealMe

Use an existing RealMe account

If you already have a RealMe account, you can use it to access the new search.

Reader cards

You won’t need your reader card after we launch the new collections search tool. If you want to keep using your reader card, you’ll need to ask us to link it to your RealMe account.

Email us about your reader card

Order times

While we update our systems, it might take us a bit longer than usual to find the items you need. Please bear with us.

Help with the new collections search

The new collections search is easy to use – but if you need support, you can get it:

  • online

  • in our reading rooms.


We’re continuing to develop the new collections search tool. We’d love to hear your feedback and ideas for improvements.

Email us feedback about the new collections search