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! More information on how to use Ebsco databases, or check out our Niche Academy video on Ebsco databases!

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.

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 31 December 2021. 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.


Reading challenges for different seasons, occasions and ages - let's start turning pages!

Track your reading progress.

Read books or listen to audiobooks, complete activities and work your way through our fun reading challenges.

Click here to start

Biography Reference Centre

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


    BorrowBox has eAudio books and also a selection of eBooks 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 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.

    Generosity has recently been updated, you will need to reset your password when you log in.


    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.

    Generosity has recently been updated, you will need to reset your password when you log in.


    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.


    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 with your library barcode number and PIN.

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


    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.



    Lingogo is a library app dedicated to epic stories in indigenous languages.

    Great for beginner and intermediate language learners as well as fluent speakers. Simply tap any sentence to listen to it aloud and find its English translation.

    Download the free Lingogo app to your device from the Google Play store or the Apple store. Then, simply choose Waimakariri District Libraries and enter in your library card number and pin to unlock the entire collection!

    Linkedin Learning

    Linkedin Learning - Linkedin Learning provides access to workshops, online resources and content to help you develop skills and grow in your career. For a guide to using the resource, how to use Linkedin Learning

    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, 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.


    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.

    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 Online

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

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

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

    World Book Timelines