We have a collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks and children’s eBooks.

Library members can access these on their own eReading device (tablet, phone etc.) or computer. All loans are free of charge.

You will need your library card number and PIN number to access our eBooks 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.



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)


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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!"

Story Box Library

Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers at home, as well as in the library.

To access Story Box Library at home:

  • Visit Story Box
  • Choose Log In from the top menu bar and click Public Library & Tertiary Log In
  • Use your Waimakariri library card number.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy the library of stories on any device with internet connection!

Story Box Library

Open Access eBooks

Unlike Borrowbox and Libby, you won’t need to login with your library card details to access these digital libraries.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg

Offers over 60,000 free downloadable e-books in a variety of formats for all e-readers. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

Open Library

Open Library

Open Library is a database of over two million digitized books, including classic and public-domain texts, as well as a growing collection of books of all kinds donated by libraries around the world. Books can be downloaded or read online.

NZETC New Zealand Text Collection

New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.



There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free!

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.