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We hope you will enjoy reading this page. Do come back often as we will let you know which books are new in our Learning English collection and which databases may be of use to you.

One way of being involved in the library is to pass your feedback on to us. You can also fill in a yellow card at the library (ask a librarian for one if you do not see one) and suggest a book, CD or DVD that you think would be good to have in our collection. (Or, if you prefer, you can also suggest a book online.)

Social English sessions

social english for blogImprove your social English. Come to our free sessions. Chat and improve your English conversation skills with other learners. It's informal and fun!

When and where?

Find a session on our calendar

Our staff will help you find books and CDs to help you learn English. You can also meet other learners and practice your English conversation.

All sessions are free!

New Learning English Books!

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Searching the Catalogue

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To find Learning English books in our catalogue, click on Advanced Search and under 'Call number', type in 'Learning English'. Once you've done this, you can then limit your search by typing in the subject area of what you are looking for, e.g. vocabulary.

If you need a librarian to show you how to do a search, we are here to help!

What can I do if the book I want is out?

Learning English material is very popular and often what you want will already be on loan. You can reserve it using the catalogue. A small charge may apply.

About the collection


Learning English collections can be found at Johnsonville, Karori, Kilbirnie, Miramar and Newtown branches. And now also at Tawa!


The Learning English collections have books, CDs and CD-ROMs. The collection is divided into three levels of ability. Each level is colour coded - yellow for beginners, blue for intermediate and purple for advanced.

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, mathematics, reading and writing
  • Pronunciation, speaking, listening and communicating in English
  • Studying for English examinations such as IELTS and TOEFL
  • Day to day life in New Zealand - for example, using the telephone.

The collection also contains books or books and CD sets for leisure reading. These books are available both in fiction and non-fiction from beginner to advanced levels.

How long can I take items out for?

Learning English books are issued for three weeks and kits are issued for four weeks. All Learning English materials is issued free of charge.

Online databases

We have a number of online databases for learning languages, including English. These can all be found on our Language Databases page, but spotlighted below are some key databases for learners of English:

Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. There are two modules available:

General Academic


LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll soon be adding to your vocabulary.


Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication

Mango Languages

Useful websites


Sites for learning English:

Contact us

If you have any feedback about this page or would like to suggest a resource, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us on enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

Please also ask for assistance from any staff member at any time. We're always pleased to help.

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