A-Z eResources

If you need any assistance with using our online resources, no fear – Niche Academy is here to help! Niche Academy provides video tutorials for a wide range of our eResources, giving you easy to follow step-by-step guides.

With a Waimakariri Libraries membership, you also have access to Ebsco databases. Library databases provide in-depth information from journals, newspapers and reference works which is not always available in print or elsewhere online.

Our library subscribes to several Ebsco databases which draw on content from newspapers, magazines, professional journals and reference works. Explore science, history, literature and more!

Find more information on how to use Ebsco databases here.

Use is limited to library members.

You will need your library card number and sometimes a PIN number as well, to use this resource from home. No library card? Contact your library or signup online here. Forgotten your PIN number? Ask at your library or reset online - go to the catalogue, select Login, then forgot PIN.

Contact the library 311 8901 if you need a PIN or any help using the databases.

Ancestry Library edition

Ancestry Library edition provides access to millions of records from around the world for people wanting to study their heritage.

Only available for in-library use.

Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre

Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre - Full text magazine, news and reference book content with an emphasis on publications from Australia and New Zealand



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.


GivMe - Finding possible funding providers for your personal study expenses. To access this free resource a user account must be created with an email and password. These will be the login details for the user.


GivUs - Find possible funding providers for your community group. To access this free resource a user account must be created with an email and password. These will be the login details for the user.

Haynes Manuals AllAccess

Haynes Manuals AllAccess is a library of manuals covering a vast range of car and motorcycle makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance and servicing procedures.

Waimakariri Libraries are now able to offer free access to hundreds of online car and motorcycle manuals through its subscription to Haynes AllAccess Manuals.

Index New Zealand

Index New Zealand - Find articles from New Zealand journals and newspapers. Abstracts only.


Stream inspiring films and documentaries anytime, anywhere.

With over 10,000 titles and with new content added monthly there is something here for everyone. Kanopy Kids provides specific content for children and the Great Courses gives access to a fascinating lecture series on a diverse range of topics.

Kanopy is free to use from home with your library card number and PIN number. 

Each month, your account is allocated a set number of tickets from your library. Your tickets reset on the first day of the month.

For more information about tickets and setting your account up, click here.

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)

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning App

LinkedIn Learning

Be inspired to learn the latest software, creative and business skills. Train for a new profession or discover a new passion.

LinkedIn Learning provides access to online workshops, resources and content to help you develop skills and grow in your career.

Available through the website here or via the LinkedIn Learning app. Find more information on using the app on our Library Apps page.

For a guide to using the resources, view this tutorial: LinkedIn Learning.

LOTE4Kids - Storytime in your language

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LOTE4Kids -  Storytime in your language

Over 3000+ online picture books for kids in 65+ languages, including Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. Each picture book is read aloud, and is paired with an English language version.

Download the LOTE4Kids App from the App Store or Google Play today!

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.

Masterfile Complete

Masterfile Complete- full text for more than 2,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference works. Image collection, maps and flags. Updated daily.

New Zealand Geographic

New Zealand Geographic - Articles from 1989, plus over 160 hours natural history film documentation.


NewsBank New Zealand Collection

NewsBank - Access New Zealand

NewsBank - Access New Zealand is the largest online collection of national, regional, and local news sources from across New Zealand. It contains more than 160 New Zealand newspapers, including image editions of:

The Press

New Zealand Herald

Dominion Post

Sunday Star Times

Waikato Times

Otago Daily Times

Access more information about NewsBank Access New Zealand here.


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Read a huge range current New Zealand and International newspapers and magazines. Online copies of the print versions of the latest and current issues. Over 7000 titles from 100 countries in 56 languages.

You can access PressReader through our website or download the app for your tablet or smart phone.

Please note : Stuff Ltd. titles such as The Press can only be accessed from within the library. All other titles can also be accessed at home or anywhere else.

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.

Story Box Library

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Story Box Library - Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers.

Treaty of Waitangi Collection

BwB Treaty of Waitangi Collection

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection brings together leading thinking on this foundational document, including works by acclaimed scholars such as Claudia Orange, Judith Binney, Vincent O’Malley, Alan Ward and Aroha Harris. Designed and managed by award-winning New Zealand publisher Bridget Williams Books, the Collection is a living resource backed by a long-term vision for Treaty scholarship into the twenty-first century.

The Collection is primarily designed to:

  • Provide a new and authoritative home for Treaty scholarship online, with more books to be added over time.
  • Offer a clear, fast and responsive design, optimised for mobile and tablet devices.
  • Deliver flexible and intuitive use of the books that acknowledges how readers and researchers use the web day-to-day.

Evolve over time using a platform built on open standards that are built to last.