Wellington City Libraries

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Cars & Transport


The library is your one stop shop for car and small engine information. Check out our great range of car and motorcycle repair manuals, have a look at what's hot in the car magazines, or find out how to fix that small engine with our great online databases!

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Car & Motorcyle Manual Quicksearch

Where can I find the manuals?

The Central Library has a large collection of car and motorcycle repair manuals, mainly for older models. The manuals are shelved at the North end of the first floor.

There is no car manual for my car, why does the library not hold it?

The Library purchases as many maintenance manuals as possible for vehicles in use on New Zealand roads. We are limited, however, by what is available for purchase. Currently there are few manuals for the newer vehicle models, such as the Suzuki Swift, the Kia and the Subaru Impeza, being published.

How long can I borrow them for?

All car and motorcycle manuals are issued for one week only.

Are these all the makes of car you have manuals for?

No. These are just the most popular.

It is often quickest to browse the shelves as the manuals are organised alphabetically by make, and similar models are shelved together.

To see if we have the make of car you're interested in, try a keyword search on the libraries' catalogue and type in the car make and model and the word 'manual'. Jot down the call number e.g. TOY 032 and look for the book on the shelves near the Science and Humanities desk.

Shelf Help

Subject: Dewey number:
Car Type 629.22
Cycles 629.227
The Dog & Lemon Guide 629.2222 DOG
Motor Homes 629.226
Motor racing 796.7
Motor Vehicles and cycles 629.2
NZ Identicar Ref. 629.2 NEW
New Zealand Road Codes 343.0946

Online Databases

Small Engine Repair Reference Centre:

This database contains more than 400 full text repair manuals for a wide range of small engines including motorcycles, farm tractors, outdoor power tools and mowers, jet skis, boat motors, etc.

There is often over 25 years of an engine model. Provides assistance for routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as extensive repairs involving engine and transmission disassembly.

Start search on Small Engine Repair Reference Centre

Useful Websites


  • NZ Road Code
  • Car Mag Reviews
    To help car enthusiasts worldwide locate and source the information they require from car magazines from past and present. To promote the preservation of older car magazines and their storage so all can have access.
  • The Old Car Manual Project
    Where you'll find original car manuals for old cars and classic cars and Index of Wheels
  • Top Gear

Classic and bike clubs:

Contact us

This page is written and maintained by library staff. Our aim is to keep you informed about the cars and transport section of the library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. We'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email us with any feedback.

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