Advance notice! Shortly we will be getting a new catalogue. You’ll be able to find the locations of books and other library items as usual. eBooks and eAudiobooks that the library owns will continue to appear in your search results.
There are many improvements to your customer account – it will be easier to save searches, create your own booklists, email records, share searches or post links on social media. You can also set up a quick nickname (called EZ login) to check your account without having to remember your library card each time, and choose to save your borrowing history.
Kids Cat is also being upgraded. It will be easier to find series, see what is in the library to borrow, and find eBooks.
It will also be easier to view both the main catalogue and Kids Cat on your smartphone. We are completing the testing for these new catalogues, and hope to be able to advise soon when they will be arriving.
Encyclopaedia Britannica is amazing! You get access to three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. This means you get to choose the level that best meets your needs, whether you are conducting research, completing homework for school or simply wanting to learn something new.
Within each of the three sites, you have access to tens of thousands of encyclopaedia entries, curated magazine articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites and pop-up access to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus. And Britannica Library works on any device—PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Check out this video to get an overview of all the amazing features:
If you have any questions about Encyclopaedia Britannica, please let us know.
Have you tried the new RBdigital app? It is now available to download from your app store and is the new app for reading our Zinio (now-renamed RBdigital) magazine collection. It has some great features – you’re able to search our magazine collection, checkout and download issues all in the one app. That means there is no need to move out of the app to browse, or to reopen your app to download. You can also add other accounts, so there can be more than one user in the app.
If you open your existing Zinio for Libraries app, you will be prompted to download the new app, or depending on your device, visit your app store from these links: iOS | Google Play. Alternatively, search for “RBdigital” in the app store, if you’re not reading this on your device. Within the next month, you’ll need to changeover to the new app, and Zinio for Libraries will stop providing access. So download the new app and have a look round. There is a basic, but comprehensive help feature inside the app to get you started, or click on the image below for a quick guide to getting started.
If you have any questions or encounter any problems please contact us via the technical support form.
Wellington City Libraries has partnered with local start-up Excio to bring amazing images to your Android smartphone or tablet home screen.
With the Excio app you can follow collections of images which can be used as wallpapers on the home screen of your device. The images link to our OverDrive eBooks/audiobooks and other library content, and you can even read OverDrive samples within the Excio app, as well as like and share book covers.
We have 20 genre/subject based collections on Excio which will be refreshed every couple of months. Enjoy a rotating collection of fantastic book cover images for your device wallpaper, discover new authors, check out OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks, and share your favourites on social media.
By following our collections you can bring the library to you!
To get started, head to Google Play to download the Excio app.
The app is currently only available for Android devices, although the Excio team plans to develop an iOS app.
For more information check out the Excio FAQs – or if you need further help, email us at email@example.com.
Libraries are no longer just places to get books. Need a PA system for a party, a speaking engagement, or a wedding? Playing a live or studio gig? Need to do some recording in the field, or hook up some gear to your laptop and make a new album at home? The new Library Music Equipment collection has what you need. We love Wellington music at Wellington City Libraries and we are here to help you make it.
We have five new Music Kits for people to borrow as part of our new Equipment Lending Service:
• 1x Rode NT1-A Microphone
• 1x SM6 Shock mount & pop filter
• 1x Dust Cover
• 1x Rode 6m XLR cable
• 1x Presonus Audiobox iTwo
• 1x USB cable
$30 for 4 days/Overdue charge: $10 per day
Continue reading “Need audio equipment for a gig, or for recording music?”
Exciting news for fans of gaming! We are trialing some Playstation gaming at these libraries – Karori, Johnsonville, Cummings Park, Miramar and Kilbirnie. Some of the reasons we chose to try this at Wellington City Libraries include:
- Play of all types is critical to the learning and development of children.
- In moderation, gaming has been associated with higher intelligence, doing well at school and getting on well with peers.
- Gaming encourages problem solving, strategic thinking, and creativity. As a shared experience, it encourages collaboration, community building and communication.
- There is scientific evidence that gaming can physically increase parts of the brain related to memory, spatial navigation, and fine motor function.
- It can also improve eyesight for the visually impaired, and improve a person’s sense of wellbeing.
- We believe games can attract non-readers into the library and enable us to expose them to a reading culture and promote related library services.
- Cost is a barrier to aspects of digital media literacy for some. Libraries can remove this barrier and foster community inclusiveness.
- Most games involve elaborate storytelling and tie-in with other items held at the library. Read the book, watch the movie, listen to the CD and play the game!
- Gaming adds a strand to existing library creative learning resources such as board games, puzzles, Lego and library makerspaces.
- The NZ Physical Activity Guidelines (Ministry of Health) suggest up to 2hrs per day of recreational screen time is acceptable (in addition to school screen time) for children.
- Other New Zealand libraries have been successfully running Playstation gaming sessions for over 10 years.
Parents are welcome to play with their children. Parental permission and supervision is required for children. Noise control is managed by the use of headsets.
We are offering it for a few hours per week only – not all the time, so please check with your nearest participating library as to which games they have available and when games can be played.