World Language Collection

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Waimakariri Libraries offers books in a range of languages:  Italian (ITA), Chinese (CHI), Dutch (DUT), Japanese (JAP), German (GER), Spanish (SPA) , Hindi (HIN), Tagalog (Philippines) and Turkish (TUR).

All of these resources are free for library members. Join our Library here.

The PressReader database and app offers magazines and newspapers in  24 languages.

Feel free to ask our friendly library staff for more information.



Would you like access to FREE e-books and e-audiobooks? Download Borrowbox!

BorrowBox has a great range of e-books and e-audiobooks for adults and children.

If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can download the free BorrowBox app from your app store, then you can login with your library card and pin number. Watch this instructional video for help on downloading and using the BorrowBox app.

You can also use BorrowBox on your computer or most e-readers - Access BorrowBox on your computer here, you will need the free Adobe Digital Editions software to use BorrowBox on your computer or transfer it to your eReader device.

Please read  the instructions how to download an eBook to your Kobo here.

Watch a video tutorial on BorrowBox here. (Niche academy)


We have added an eMagazine collection to our BorrowBox platform.

There are 39 titles in the collection at this point and we hope to add more in the near future. The digital collection has many of the same titles that our physical collection has plus a few new ones.

You can borrow up to 5 magazines at a time for a loan period of up to 1 month per title.

Libby by Overdrive

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Would you like access to FREE e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines?

Overdrive contains 1000s of e-books, e-audio and e-magazines, including e-magazines in languages other than English. Access Overdrive on a computer or laptop here.

If you have a tablet or mobile device, Libby is the easy to use app which provides access to OverDrive. Download Libby onto your mobile device or tablet, then login with your library card and pin. Watch this video on how to download, set-up and use Libby.

Overdrive can also be accessed on your computer or most ereaders - you will need the free Adobe Digital Editions software to transfer items you borrow to older eReader devices – some newer Kobo ereaders have Overdrive already installed.

Watch a video tutorial on Libby/Overdrive here. (Niche Academy)

LOTE 4Kids

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LOTE 4Kids

Over 2000+ online picture books for kids in 60+ languages, including Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. Each picture book is read aloud, and is paired with an English language version.

Also available via the LOTE4Kids app on your Play store or App store.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages provides access to over 70 languages including Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), French, Italian and Japanese. It also contains lessons for people wanting to learn English.

Mango uses a self-paced learning programme that teaches languages through relevant and topical dialogue using the four key components – vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Simply log in using your Waimakariri library barcode and PIN number to use this resource from home.

Then create a Mango profile to save your progress. You can access Mango Languages through your web browser, or download apps for Android and iOS but please note - to use the apps, you first need to create a Mango profile through the desktop version.

Road to IELTS


Road to IELTS is a self-study preparation course that can help anyone preparing for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It can also be used by people who just want to improve their English. It includes individual practice tests and answers in Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing.

Please click here to access Road to IELTS.