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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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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

BorrowBox

eAudiobooks & eBooks (mainly eAudiobooks) from Australia's leading provider - over 3500 titles

Bridget Williams Books - Text Collection

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

Bridget Williams Books - The NZ History Collection

Provides online access to over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books - includes over New Zealand history 90 titles

Bridget Williams Books - Treaty of Waitangi Collection

Gathers together some of the finest writing and scholarship on New Zealand's founding document online - including access to award-winning histories and commentaries, such as Claudia Orange's The Treaty of Waitangi

Gale Books & Authors

Explore the latest genre fiction, essential non-fiction and the authors behind the titles. Search or browse by author, title, or genre, or discover award-winning titles from the 1950s onwards. Includes over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike and favourites lists

Gale High School in Context

Authoritative, reliable digital content from magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books appropriate for intermediate- and high-school students and covers a wide range of subjects, including science, history, and literature

Gale Literature Resource Center

A comprehensive online literary site with information on many literary topics, authors and their works

Gale Litfinder

Provides access to a wealth of literary works and secondary source materials covering literature and authors throughout history and across the globe. It includes more than 150,000 full-text poems and over 800,000 poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, plays, biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary

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

Novelist Plus

Can't decide what to read next? Ready to dive into a new genre but don't know where to start? Novelist can help:

  • Find books by the same author, or similar books by another author.
  • Browse by subject, genre, and theme for over 150,000 titles.
  • Reviews, book discussion guides, and annotated book lists constantly updated

Overdrive

Read and listen to eBooks & eAudiobooks - over 50,000 titles available across all genres, including New Zealand authors

Oxford English Dictionary

The OED is the definitive record of the English language, featuring 600000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1000 years of English

Oxford Reference Online

Provides access to works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers in a single cross-searchable resource. Content includes English and bilingual dictionaries, thesauruses, and dictionaries of quotations, religion, folklore and mythology. The Oxford companions to Shakespeare and American and English literature are also available

Story Box Library

The best place for children to watch and listen to celebrated stories read aloud by Australian and New Zealand storytellers. Intended as a complementary form of delivering the experience of being read aloud to, Story Box Library provides a growing number of titles suitable for preschool and primary aged children

Te Puna Search

The National Library of New Zealand's New Zealand Union Catalogue - detailing the holdings of all New Zealand libraries across the country. Once you find the particular item you require you can go directly to the online catalogues of the holding libraries to see if it is available.

If you wish to borrow an item from another NZ library, please read the Interloans information.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library for children offers picture books, chapter books, non-fiction books, educational videos and games. The picture books are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an ePicture book which you can read, or have read to you!

WorldCat

Search the collections of more than 10,000 libraries in New Zealand and around the world.