We know many of you will be missing using the resources that were up on the second floor of the Central Library. We thought we would put together some information for some other ways to access New Zealand reference material, newspapers, journals, genealogy information and local history materials.
Many of the visitors to the second floor came to access local, national and international newspapers so we know that these resources will really be missed. At our branch libraries, you can still read some actual titles or use the online database of PressReader on the branch computers. You can also access PressReader on your home computer or via an app on a device.
Branch Collections The current week’s issues of the Dominion Post are available at all branch libraries. Karori Library also holds the current week of the New Zealand Herald. Newtown Library receives the Samoa Times, the Cook Island News and Taimi Tonga. The Sunday Star Times is available at Island Bay, Kilbirnie, Miramar, Newtown, Tawa, Brooklyn, Karori and Johnsonville branch libraries.
PressReader is a platform which enables you to easily read current newspapers online for free. All you need is your Wellington City Libraries card! PressReader boasts an impressive 2446 newspapers across 120 countries, from Lesotho to Luxembourg. To access PressReader from your phone or computer, go to online databases, then select PressReader newspapers & magazines from the drop-down menu and press “go.” Follow the prompts and enter your library card number and surname. PressReader also holds an extensive range of magazine titles.
Amongst many other publications, you can read the following titles on PressReader:
- The Dominion Post
- The New Zealand Herald
- The Press (Christchurch)
- Otago Daily Times
- The Guardian
With our microfilm collection no longer accessible you may need to visit the National Library to view newspaper microfilms, but don’t forget to check out our online databases where you can access a wealth of material from the newspaper section and journals from the Magazine section.
Here are three of the very helpful newspaper and journal databases you can access using online databases.
Papers Past – freely available online and includes digitizations of historic New Zealand newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Perfect for budding historians and anyone wanting to research the history of local people and places! Wellington papers The Dominion are available from 1907 – 1920 and The Evening Post from 1865 – 1945.
Australia & New Zealand NewsStream – NewsStream hosts the written components of newspaper articles from New Zealand publications dating from 1996, including the Dominion, the Evening Post, the Dominion Post. Note that these online articles do not include photographs and are formatted generically. You can access Australia & New Zealand NewsStream through our.
Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre – This database combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers & newswires, reference books, and company information to create the largest collection of regional full text content available. It provides local perspectives on current events, business, sports, and many other subjects. Titles include Australian House & Garden, Australian Geographic, NZ Business, New Zealand Management, Metro, Australia Country Report, New Zealand Country Report, the New Zealand Herald, the Dominion Post etc. Click for a full list of titles in Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre. Some key Wellington publication links are:
- The Dominion/The Dominion Post, 1995- (Full text available)
New Zealand History
If you are looking for New Zealand History material, and you have tried the catalogue to check, and the branch collections don’t have it, you might find what you need in the excellent material available on our Online Databases. Check out the New Zealand section, it has the New Zealand flag picture. Here you can find online collections of New Zealand history books.
BWB The New Zealand History Collection -provides complete online access to a major, authoritative resource – over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams. Books. Comprising over ninety titles, it includes recent additions such as the widely acclaimed Great War for New Zealand by Vincent O’Malley, multiple works by late historian Judith Binney and A History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes.
BWB Texts Collection – Brings together a diverse group of short eBooks on the big issues facing New Zealand. Dive in to discover stories, insights and analysis by some of New Zealand’s best writers and commentators. Titles can be read on any device and new titles are added to the collection each month.
BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection – Gathers together some of the finest writing and scholarship on New Zealand’s founding document online. It features unrestricted access to award-winning histories and commentaries, such as Claudia Orange’s The Treaty of Waitangi, which can either be read in their entirety or searched across for quick reference. Optimised for mobile and tablet devices, this database is delivered entirely within the web browser and is accessible on any device.
eBooks and eAudiobooks – Overdrive Aotearoa Collection – Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing fiction and nonfiction titles, including many New Zealand titles
If you want to find out more about how to start using our eLibrary resources click here for help
To continue or start your family history project, the in-library databases Ancestry and Find my Past are available at branch libraries. (Ancestry can be used for searches of New Zealand specific databases such as New Zealand Electoral rolls (from 1853 to 1981) as well as databases from all over the world. There are also many links to genealogical sources from our Popular Topics Genealogy page. You can also visit the National Library if you need to access birth, death and marriage microfiche for events after those that are freely available from the historical Births Deaths and Marriages website.
With the closure of the Central library building our Local History specialist Gábor Tóth wanted to ensure that we informed everyone that he was starting to add more and more digitized material to Wellington Recollect, our local heritage resource, a database of heritage photos, books, maps and related ephemera reflecting the Capital’s past. The database is administered by Wellington City Libraries. You can also find Recollect and many other local history resources on our Heritage page.
Another great source for local history is available on the Wellington City Council website. There is the Cemeteries search, and details about the Wellington City Archives. You can find digitised versions of the Wellington Heritage Trails and local heritage information on Wellington heritage buildings at the Wellington Heritage page.
To finish off we thought we should have some fun with Wellington Recollect to have a look at the location of the pop-up library (12 Manners Street) that has been announced and found this great photo (c. 1927) looking down from Boulcott Street towards Manners Street with a tram at the Willis Street intersection and the pop-up will be located in that block You can check the image out on Wellington Recollect by clicking on the photo.
Wellington City Libraries (19th Oct 2018). Looking down Boulcott Street towards Manners Street. In Website Wellington City Libraries. Retrieved 4th Apr 2019 12:33, from https://wellington.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/316