A-Z eResources

Library databases provide information from journals, newspapers and reference works which is not always available elsewhere online.

Use is limited to library members. You will need to login with your library card, and sometimes with a PIN also. Contact the library 311 8901 if you need a PIN or any help using the databases.

Access Ebsco databses - Using Ebsco databases

Academic search elite

Academic search elite - Full text for over 2,100 scholarly journals, for tertiary level research.

Ancestry Library edition

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

Usually only available in the library, Proquest is providing temporary access to Ancestry Library at home for all of our library members, until the end of August. You will need your library card and pin number to access this resource.

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

Australia/ New Zealand Points of View

Australia/ New Zealand Points of View - Material on controversial social issues presenting arguments from all sides. Ideal for student essays and debate.

Biography Reference Centre

Biography Reference Centre - Almost 500,000 full text biographies, searchable by name, nationality, occupation,dates and more. Suitable for school level.


    Our fastest growing and most popular app, BorrowBox has eAudio books and also a selection of eBooks for adults and children.

    If you have a tablet, 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 borrow 5 eBooks and 5 eAudiobooks for two weeks at a time, with the option to renew once.


    Business Source Elite

    Business Source Elite - Full text for over 1,000 business publications and more than 10,000 company profiles from Datamonitor. Updated daily.

    Consumer Health Complete

    Consumer Health Complete - Provides information from reference books and magazines on health and medical matters for the general consumer.

    Early World of learning

    Early World of learning - Designed to develop reading basics with very young children. Optimized for tablets.


    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.


    GreenFILE - Abstracts and some full text articles from scholarly, government and general interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.

    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.

    Library members can gain access with their library card number and PIN.

    History Reference Centre

    History Reference Centre - Full text for more than 1,620 reference books and 150 history periodicals, historic document, photos and videos.

    Index New Zealand

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


    Download eAudio and eBook titles with the Libby app, from OverDrive.

    OverDrive contains over 10,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, young adults and children.

    Access is free for library members - just enter your library card number and PIN. You can have up to five loans and five holds at any one time.

    The Libby app is the best way to access OverDrive on your tablet or mobile device. Watch this video on how to download, set-up and use Libby.

    For more information, please visit Libby’s help page.


    Literary Reference Centre Plus

    Literary Reference Centre Plus - Information on thousands of authors and their works. Plot summaries, literary critcism, biographies and study guides. Ideal for students.


    Lynda.com - Lynda.com provides access to workshops, online resources and content to help you develop skills and grow in your career. For more information and how to download the app, click here. For a guide to using the resource, how to use Lynda.com.

    Mango Languages

    Mango Languages provides access to over 60 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, 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.

    Novelist Plus

    Novelist Plus - Readers' advisory resources for adults, young adults and children. Reviews, author information and detailed reading suggestions tailored to your preferences.

    Papers Past

    Papers Past - Searchable database of historic NZ newspapers between 1839 and 1948


    PressReader (Formerly PressDisplay) -

    UPDATE: Unfortunately, Stuff Ltd has removed all ‘off-site’ access to their papers, this includes the Christchurch Press. This means that Stuff Ltd content will no longer be available to customers using PressReader from home, however they can still be read on a computer or mobile device within the library. Click here for more information.

    Read current New Zealand and International newspapers and magazines. Online copies of the print versions from the latest issue to the previous 60 days. Over 7000 titles from 100 countries in 56 languages. To learn how to get the most out of your press reader by personalising it, click HERE.

    Poetry and Short Story Reference Centre

    Poetry and Short Story Reference Centre - Full text of hundreds of thousands poems and short stories, with literary essay.


    RBDigital for Libraries

    RBDigital provides over 80 popular New Zealand and international magazines, which are yours to download and keep. RBDigital now also has a great range of eComics which you can borrow for 30 days at a time.

    To access, log in with your library card and PIN and then create an RBDigital account in order to download.  Once your account has been created, you are able to use the RBDigital app.

    Science Reference Centre

    Science Reference Centre - information about Science, search by category.

    Story Box Library

    Story Box Library - Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers.
    Log in using your library card number.


    Tumblebooks - Hundreds of children's picture books and chapter books to read online. Listen, read along or, read by yourself. Also includes puzzles and National Geographic video clips.

    Who Else Writes Like

    Who Else Writes Like -  Designed to answer the perennial question "I've read all the books by this author, who else writes like that?"

    World Book Advanced

    World Book Advanced- World Book Encyclopedia plus content tailored to the needs of tertiary-level students.

    World Book Activity Corner

    World Book Activity Corner - Over 5,000 craft activities from the beginner to the expert.

    World Book Discover

    World Book Discover - World Book encyclopedia ideal for hesitant readers or those with English as a second language. Allows students to hear articles read out loud.

    World Book Early World of Learning

    World Book Kids

    World Book Kids - For young children. Simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, games, science projects, and a tool for comparing places. Optimized for tablets.

    World Book Student

    World Book Student - For homework and research needs of school-age users. Includes science projects, biography centre, and research tools.

    World Book Timelines