In this lecture Mary Ronnie gives an insightful account of the Dunedin Public Library, with which she has been associated since the 1930s.
Dunedin's first free public library opened in 1908 with funding from American benefactor Andrew Carnegie. The library holds a number of important special collections, including the Dr Robert McNab Collection of material relating to early voyages and New Zealand history, and the Alfred and Isabel Reed Collection, which contains manuscripts and books dating from the 10th century to the present.
Mary is one of New Zealand's most distinguished librarians. She was Dunedin city librarian from 1968 to 1976 and has also held the positions of national librarian of New Zealand, Auckland city librarian and head of the graduate department of librarianship, archives and records at Monash University.
This Foxcroft Lecture was held on 25 June 2009.