Catalogue search for World Languages

The easiest way to search for literature in our World Languages collection on our catalogue is to follow these steps:

  1. Enter the name of the language into the search box. For example “Hindi” https://catalogue.wcl.govt.nz/?section=search&term=hindi
  2. Then down the very bottom of the lefthand menu, click on “Language”.
  3. Then click on “Hindi”.
  4. From there you can narrow your search down further using the lefthand menu. Clicking on “Subject” will allow you to choose between Children’s and Adult literature.
  5. Once you have found a book you would like to reserve, click on the orange “Place Reserve” button and enter your account details.

A quick guide to our Catalogue

Recently we had to say goodbye to our Classic and Easyfind catalogues after many years of faithful service, and had an upgrade for remaining catalogue. Now that these changes are complete, we thought we’d introduce you properly to our sole remaining catalogue and the new features we gained with the latest update — as well as features that mirror well-loved functionality from our old catalogues.

To do this, we’ve created a Catalogue Quick Guide to get you started (below). It covers search options, how to check your account online, save your borrowing history, limit results by branch location and more.

Have a browse, and if there’s a feature you miss or would like help with, you can get in touch with us below:

Email us — enquiries@wcl.govt.nz


PDF version — Catalogue Guide (mobile/desktop)

Mobile devices

If you use our catalogue on your mobile device, things look slightly different again. Here’s a special guide to the mobile version:


PDF version — Catalogue Guide (mobile/desktop)

Outages and changes this weekend

This weekend, there will be a planned catalogue and check your card outage from 6am Saturday 19 September until Sunday afternoon to allow us to update our systems. During this time, some of our eLibrary and database services will also be affected — see timeline below.

As part of this system update, after many years of faithful service, the Classic and Easyfind catalogues will no longer be available, while our main New Catalogue will also be getting some new features. In the coming week, we’ll spotlight a few of these — but many mirror well-loved features of our old catalogues, as well as some new functionality that we’re excited to be able to share very soon!

Outage Timeline

Friday 18/09

Friday evening — some of our online resources become unavailable, but Overdrive, RBDigital and Beamafilm are unaffected all weekend.

See details for PressReader and Kanopy below.

Saturday 19/09

From 6am — the library catalogue & check your card outage begins.

PressReader — if you log into PressReader before this time via the app or website, you will still have access over the weekend.

Kanopy — if you log into Kanopy before this time via the app or website, you will still have access over the weekend.

Sunday 20/09

In the afternoon the catalogue and all eResources become available again, and the outage finishes.

If you need help with your library card during the outage, please contact our library branches during opening hours or get in touch via email and we’ll be happy to help!

Email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Thank you Classic Catalogue

After many years of faithful service, the Classic and EasyFind catalogues will no longer be available after 19 September. Our suppliers will no longer offer this product, and have been concentrating all their efforts on our main new catalogue.

If you have previously created lists of links or tags, these can be copied and pasted to save in another document. We also recommend that if you have compiled links to individual items in the EasyFind catalogue, that you take the opportunity to change those links to point to our new Catalogue.

You can still search, browse, place reserves etc. Our new catalogue also offers several features which were not available previously such as a mobile version, ability to keep a history of your loans, more reviews and reading suggestions, and easier ways to create your own lists, tags and reviews.

Please ask staff if you would like more information on how to use our current catalogue.

Catalogue changes coming soon

Our Classic Catalogue, which has been our mainstay since 2002, will shortly be retired. It was no longer being developed. Our new Catalogue, introduced in mid December is produced by the same company The Library Corporation and offers more features.

New catalogue home screen
It’s smartphone-friendly and presents a lot more information to help you choose what you want to borrow. It still has all the main searches – by title, author, or subject, but it’s easier to see if the book (or DVD etc) is available in the library. Once you’re logged in, you can save your favourite searches, share results on Facebook, or even opt in to save your borrowing history.

Similarly, Kids’ Cat has been replaced with a new version, and the previous version will also be shortly retired.

Please speak with a library staff member if you would like to find out more about the new catalogues and how they work.

Our new catalogue has landed!

catalogue home pageWe’re delighted to introduce you to our catalogue, please give it a try.

Supplied by the same company as our Classic Catalogue, it’s smartphone-friendly and presents a lot more information to help you choose what you want to borrow. It still has all the main searches – by title, author, or subject, but it’s easier to see if the book (or DVD etc) is available in the library.

Once you’re logged in, you can save your favourite searches, make lists (for your summer holiday reading), or even opt in to save your borrowing history.

Shortly it will be available from our home page, but in the meantime, you can find the link on our main catalogue search page or you can bookmark http://catalogue.wcl.govt.nz.

A Fresh Kids’ Catalogue

home page of new kids catAs part of our catalogue upgrade, our Kids’ Cat, which has served us very well for the last 15 years, has also been transformed. Fresh out of the box, it’s now ready to sample, along with your other festive goodies.

It’s easier to find books in series in the new Kids’ Cat, and like our new main catalogue, is designed to be viewed equally well on a smartphone or PC. Like the current Kids’ Cat, the search results are limited to books (plus eBooks and DVDs etc) in the children’s collection areas.

Our librarians are working hard on adding more New Zealand topics to our book-lists in time for the beginning of the school year in 2018.