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Resources you have access to with your library card. Also included in this list are a number of freely available websites that can be accessed without a library card login. You can filter these by toggling the buttons below.

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Australia/NZ Reference Centre

A collection of full text leading Australia and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, books and more, providing local perspectives on current events, business, sports, and many other subjects.


Beamafilm is a streaming platform that has a curated collection of international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus. They have over 500 movies to choose from and new titles are added regularly

Bloomsbury Drama Online

Features over 1,200 classic and contemporary play texts, including the complete works of Shakespeare. Also features streaming video of live performances from Shakespeare's Globe and audio recordings from Los Angeles Theatre Works

Gale Biography In Context

This database contains biographical information on more than 185,000 people including artists and musicians from throughout history, around the world, and across all subject areas

Index New Zealand

An index of abstracts and descriptions of articles in New Zealand publications over the last 30 years to the present in English, and from September 2007 in te reo Māori. Although INNZ doesn't have the full text of articles, it indexes a huge number of New Zealand magazines, newspapers and journals, and can be hugely useful for finding articles in your area of interest.


Kanopy is an on-demand streaming platform that focuses on thoughtful entertainment, including some of the world's best cinema such as award-winning independent, international and classic films, and documentaries


Lynda.com is an video tutorial service providing access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, creative and business skills. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to meet your personal or professional goals - with expert tutors who know how to teach.

Your 'PIN' is your surname.

MasterFILE Complete

A large collection of full-text magazines, journals and reference books. If you are looking for a particular publication click on the 'Publications' link at the top of the database page

New Zealand Artists Database

A searchable index of what Wellington City Libraries holds on New Zealand artists. At present that means mainly painters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed media and installation artists, but as the database is expanded craft artists, jewelers, potters and architects will gradually be included

Oxford Art Online

Encyclopaedia-style articles on the visual arts, including more than 21,000 biographies of artists and craftsmen, and over 5,000 searchable art images, drawings and maps. Content covers painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, photography and more


Gives same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspapers and magazines (across many subjects) from NZ and around the world, with titles going back 90 days. Browse by country, language or title. You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app.

ProQuest Research Library

Access to a wide range of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers on popular academic subjects. The database includes more than 6,600 titles - over 5,000 in full text - from 1971 forward.

RBDigital eMagazines

Over 200 eMagazine titles for reading online or offline - across all genres. Read popular titles like Esquire, National Geographic, Marie Claire, North & South, and Time Magazine, plus many more topical titles. You can download the app or browse RBdigital online.

Vogue Archive

Contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images