Subject: Reading

Early World of learning

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

Historic Newspaper Collection

Our library now subscribes to a large collection of historic newspapers from Britain and the United States, from the 18th, 19th and 20thcenturies.

Gale Primary Resources Search across all the newspapers together.

Or divide your search:

Brtish Library NewspapersBritish Library Newspapers

British Library Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of British society.

Daily Mail Historical ArchiveDaily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

The Daily Mail  has been at the heart of British journalism since 1896, regularly changing the course of government policy and setting the national debate. As well as providing access to the regular edition of this path-breaking newspaper, the archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.

19th Century US NewspapersNineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers

With digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers and advanced searching capabilities, researchers will be able to research history in ways previously unavailable. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

Independent Digital ArchiveThe Independent Digital Archive

The Independent is a UK daily national newspaper. Since its launch in 1986 it has been one of the most innovative papers available in terms of design and avenues of investigation, while its freedom from party political affiliation and neutral ownership make it unique in British journalism.

Sunday Times Digital ArchiveThe Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006

Since 1822, The Sunday Times has provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's news and society. In more than 800,000 pages, The Sunday Times Digital Archive is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

The Telegraph Historical ArchiveThe Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000

The Daily Telegraph was launched in 1855, and within 10 years was able to claim it had 'the largest circulation in the world'. For more than 150 years it has shaped and recorded the history and democratic values of the United Kingdom. The Sunday Telegraph was launched as a sister paper in 1961, and The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 provides users with access to both the daily and Sunday editions.

The Times Digital ArchiveThe Times Digital Archive

First published in 1785, The Times of London is widely considered to be the world's 'newspaper of record'. The Times Digital Archive allows users to search over 200 years of this invaluable historical source.

History Reference Centre

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

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.

Masterfile Complete

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

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.


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.

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?"