Have you explored Gale News Vault yet?

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Wellington City Libraries has opened up its virtual doors to 400 years of British historical newspapers and 19th Century US newspapers, bringing these resources to your computer or mobile device. Gale News Vault consists of five individual newspaper and news collections. You can uncover births, deaths and marriages or just browse local news or scandals.

The News Vault can be accessed from home and in the library – all you need are your library card details to unlock this amazing treasure trove for family history or history in general.

You can choose to search across the following five collections through Gale News Vault or alternatively, you can search each resource individually:

The Daily Mail Historical Archive: (1896-2004) As well as providing access to the regular edition of this newspaper the archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 / Sunday Times 1822-2006:  The Times has covered all major international events from the French Revolution, to the conflicts, crises and changes of the 21st century.

17-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers: This is the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English News media collected by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). The 700 volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were mainly published in London, however some English provincial newspapers are also represented.

British Newspapers 1600-1950:A comprehensive range of national, regional and local British newspapers reflecting the social, political and cultural events of the times.

19th century US Newspapers: This collection features full text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions from throughout the US. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century with an emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African –American culture and history, and Western migration.

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ComicsPlus mobile access now available!

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440Have you tried our new eLibrary service ComicsPlus yet? It has a vast collection of diverse comics and graphic novels for all ages which can be read on a computer. And now we have mobile access! Read comics and graphic novels on your smartphone or tablet by accessing ComicsPlus through the WCL mini app on your device.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end!

Follow the steps below for how to get started on ComicsPlus on a mobile device. (Alternatively, you can find help for desktop or laptop access here.)

  1. Select the ‘ComicsPlus’ link and once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’.
  2. Select Wellington City Libraries from the drop-down list and then register with your email and password.
  3. To sign-in enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!

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ComicsPlus adds thousands of comics to our eLibrary!

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440We’ve added new streaming eLibrary service ComicsPlus, with over 80 comics publishers making available thousands of digital super hero, manga, children and indie comics across all audiences.

Major adult publishers include Archaia, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Viz, whilst cool kids presses like Papercut, Andrews McMeel and Graphic Classics feature original children’s comics, as well as nonfiction versions of classic literature and funny cartoons like Garfield and Charlie Brown.

Also included are exciting, well known series like Adventure Time, Bone, Archie, Lumberjanes, Naruto, One Piece, Big Nate, Red Sonja and more. Browse by fantasy, crime, romance, movie and TV, horror and more, and then choose any comic you want.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end! At the moment, enjoyment of ComicsPlus is limited to desktop only but mobile usage should be on its way soon.

Here’s how to get started on your computer or laptop:

Please note: New registrations are currently unavailable, we are working on fixing this as soon as possible.

  1. Click on the ‘ComicsPlus’ link through our eLibrary and enter your library card number and your last name .
  2. Once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’
  3. After registering for the first time with email and password, click ‘Sign in’
  4. Enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!
  5. You can now browse by publisher, new material and popular titles or search by author and title.
  6. When you’ve found your comic, click on the cover and choose ‘Check out’ Check out button
  7. From here, go to ‘My Comics’ and click on ‘Read Now’ from your book shelf of waiting comics. Read as many comics as you like!

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Lynda.com – free with your library card!

lynda-logo-150As a Wellington City Libraries member you have free and unlimited access to over 3500 online tutorials and courses via Lynda.com. Learn leadership skills, how to use software like Dreamweaver or Photoshop or even to promote a business through Facebook – and much more besides.

The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved.

All you have to do is login to Lynda.com with your library card details (entering your last name as the PIN), set up a Lynda account to keep a course log, and then start learning!

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Call in to see us at your favourite Wellington City library, or email  to find out more on how to access these high quality and engaging tutorials. For any technical issues, let us know.

Funding Information Service becomes Generosity

GenerosityFounded 25 years ago, non profit Funding Information Service (FIS) holds the most extensive collection of funding data for individuals and community groups in New Zealand. In April 2015, Funding Information Service officially became Generosity New Zealand, in line with technological advances and contemporary needs. givME (formerly Fundview) for individual funding and givUS (formerly Breakout) for group funding are available from our Funding & Community databases page.

Another welcome change is that both databases are now available for use remotely as well as in our libraries: all you need is your library card.

So, whether you are looking for funding for your community group or a scholarship for your new professional development, make sure to check what is available through these comprehensive and powerful databases.

GiveMegivME is a valuable tool widely recommended by career advisors that offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals for those seeking to pursue:

  • Education, research and fellowships
  • Arts, cultural and sporting activities
  • Career change, professional or personal development
  • Start givME

GivUsgivUS offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. Find assistance for nearly everything, including:

  • Operational costs
  • Building redevelopment
  • Project based resources
  • Start givUS

Enjoy the ‘New York Times’ with your library card

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Read what’s happening right this moment around the world through the newly introduced free digital access to the New York Times provided by Wellington City Libraries. From business, politics and technology to arts, style and food – with this range, you are sure to find articles, interviews and special reports you’ll enjoy.  You can also share your own thoughts by making comments in the ‘Readers Comments’ section.

As a Wellington City Libraries member you can login with your card details and claim a  ‘group pass’, which offers 24 hours access to the ‘New York Times’ and the ‘International New York Times’ websites via your browser or the dedicated NYT smartphone app.  (NB When you first login, you will need to create a New York Times’ account). Included in the pass is access to the searchable archive from 1851-1922 and 1981-present.

You’ll find information about this new access on our mygateway.info Newspapers page, or call in to see us at your favourite Wellington City Libraries’ branch if you have any queries. We will be happy to take you through how to login to the New York Times and answer your questions. Happy reading!

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Alexander Music Online, a World of FREE Music

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Music Online is the LexisNexis of music, and it may make the use of many traditional library resources unnecessary.”—Booklist

Alexander Music Online, available from our Music databases page, gives you streaming access to one of the largest, most diverse catalog of online music content in the world currently including:

Classical Music Over 120,000 classical music recordings from EMI, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Artemis- Vanguard, Sanctuary Classics, Vox covering all major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas and the avant-garde.

Jazz 130,000 tracks make this the most comprehensive collection of jazz available online. Includes the most renowned jazz artists, performances , record labels of vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band music, modern jazz, and and record labels such as Verve, GR , Impulse!

Popular Music contains a wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.

World Music covers music from almost 170 countries and over 1,000 cultural groups. In addition to an extensive folk music collection, World Music features content from a host of genres – reggae, hip-hop, rap, electronic, spoken word, and opera to name a few.

American Music a suite of online audio recordings including country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B and shape note singing.

Beside these core genres  you will find hundreds more from alternative rock to zydeco.

Alexander Music Online can be accessed both from home and in the library. So get streaming today and discover a whole new world of FREE music with Wellington City Libraries.

Read NZ Geographic online with your library card

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New Zealand Geographic has been celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment for two decades. Its archives hold more than 600 in-depth features about our country, natural history and culture.

This multi-award-winning magazine is available online via your library card membership. You can either read the latest issue, browse previous issues by clicking on covers or search the archive using keywords. The magazine has the same layout and resolution on the screen as it has in print. Simply login with your library card number from here.

If you have any questions about this new eMagazine – please email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz, or ask a librarian when you’re next at the library to show you.

Happy reading!

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Zinio Expo for magazine lovers in September

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With Zinio, you can read the latest magazines online for free and keep them for as long as you like. To find out more about this eMagazine collection, don’t miss the Zinio Expo happening at your branch libraries.

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) library: 6 September 11:00am-12:00pm

Johnsonville library: 13 September 11:00am-12:00pm

Karori library: 20 September 11:00am-12:00pm

With Zinio, Wellington City Libraries’ members can borrow as many emagazines as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want – with no overdue fees. There’s a wide range of magazines – including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Titles include the  Economist, Amateur Photographer, OK Magazine, Australian Vogue, Taste, Rolling Stone, and NZ Life and Leisure among many others.

We’d love to see you at the expo, but if you can’t be there, you can find out more information about how to access and download Zinio eMagazines here, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

 

 

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Zinio Expo for magazine lovers this week

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With Zinio, you now can read the latest magazines online for free and keep them for as long as you like. To find out more about this new eMagazine collection, don’t miss the Zinio Expo happening 24-28 June at 1:00-2:00pm on Central library’s ground floor.

With Zinio, Wellington City Libraries members can borrow as many as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want – with no overdue fees. There’s a wide range of magazines – including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Titles include the Economist, US Weekly, OK Magazine, Australian Vogue, Taste, Rolling Stone, and Utne Reader among many others.

We’d love to see you at the expo, but if you can’t be there, there is more information about how to access and download Zinio eMagazines here, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

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