Digital Offerings

Waitaki District Libraries also offer online services and access points - from eBooks to eAudiobooks, to academic level research databases, we hope there is enough here to keep you occupied for hours....

PressReader PressReader provides online access to today’s newspapers and magazines from around the world in full colour in their traditional format and layout including complete editorial content, graphics, advertising, classifieds and crossword puzzles. There are 7,000+ titles available from around the world and PressReader also provides up to 90 days of back issues and the ability to print, email and share individual pages and stories. To use PressReader you can download their app from Google Play or the Apple Store.

NEW Notice of Change to Stuff Ltd. Titles on PressReader (8/11/2019)

Stuff Ltd are now limiting all "offsite" access to their Press Reader offerings. This means that you will no longer be able to access Stuff titles using the library website remotely or logging into PressReader using your library card credentials outside of the library.

Stuff Ltd titles will still, however, be available for access at the following Waitaki District Libraries HotSpots via the public WiFi: Oamaru Public Library, Palmerston Public Library and Kurow Community Library.

Publishers put a lot of work into their content, and this change reflects the publisher’s wish to maintain ownership of their titles while keeping them freely available to library patrons.
Below is a list of the Stuff titles that are affected:

  • Sunday Star Times
  • Sunday News
  • Southland Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions
  • Waikato Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Dominion Post (Weekday & Weekend Editions
  • The Press (Weekday & Weekend Editions
  • Nelson Mail (Weekday & Weekend Editions
  • Timaru Herald (Weekday & Weekend Editions
  • Manawatu Standard (Weekday & Weekend Editions
  • Taranaki Daily News (Weekday & Weekend Editions
  • Marlborough Express
  • TV Guide
  • NZ House and Garden
  • NZ Gardener
  • We apologise for any inconvenience. The PressReader team is always working hard to bring libraries and their patron’s access to the world’s most premium, trusted titles – and expect to launch many more in the coming months.

    Story Box Watch your favourite stories read aloud by some of our best storytellers. Story Box Library offers stories by Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators, being read aloud. Just enter your Waitaki District Libraries' library card number on the back of your membership card.

    Wheeler's eBooks & eAudiobooks Waitaki District Libraries have partnered with Wheelers Books to bring eBooks and eAudiobooks to you. You can choose from thousands of titles and download them from our ePaltform portal onto your device. Sign in to the Waitaki-Wheelers e-platform with your library username and password.

    Bolinda Borrow Box - eAudiobooks and eBooks You can choose from thousands of eAudiobooks and eBooks on the Borrow Box app. Get the Borrowbox app for Apple and Android devices.

    Generosity New Zealand - is a funding and scholarships database GiveUs (formerly FundView) - lists more than 1,200 resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs. givME (formerly Breakout) - offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and grants for individuals. Both these databases, as well as the newer database givER is now available from home. It is a valuable tool widely used by not for profits, interest groups, individuals and high school students. This service is provided by the Generosity New Zealand.

    Ancestry Library Edition Check out Ancestry library edition at Waitaki District Libraries. With 10 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees, Ancestry library edition is the world’s largest online family history resource. PLEASE NOTE: This resource may only be accessed from within the library.

    Books on Prescription The Books on Prescription scheme is an effective way of helping people with common mental health problems and is based on similar schemes that have been running successfully in the UK since 2003. WellSouth gained permission to implement the scheme in New Zealand in 2011 and began working with libraries in Central Otago. Since then the scheme has been progressively rolled out throughout Otago and Southland and is now available in all the Public Libraries in this region and to staff and students at the University of Otago through the University’s Medical Library. You can view our full list of books HERE

    New Zealand Crafts and Craft Magazine and The New Zealand Potter - Access these magazines online from the Library of the Christchurch Art Gallery.