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Books, eBooks & eAudio

All library locations including the mobile library have a range of books for all ages to select from. In addition, we have various ways to download eBooks and eAudiobooks onto your computer or device.

Looking for new titles we have at the library? Check out our lists of new items.

If you don't find a title you are looking for, ask us to buy it or get it.

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Libby, by OverDrive

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app, by OverDrive.

Our OverDrive collection includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction digital books, audiobooks and magazines for adults, teens and children.

Browse titles, checkout items and download to your mobile device using the Libby app

Items are available for 21 days and will automatically expire.

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BorrowBox

Access to hundreds of downloadable MP3 fiction and nonfiction e-Books and eAudiobooks for adults, young adults and children.

BorrowBox has over 3000 e-Books and 3500 e-Audiobooks – new titles are being added all the time. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction items for adult, young adults and children. This platform focuses on Australian writers and publishers and includes many popular titles across a range of authors, genres and subjects.

You can borrow up to 10 ebooks and 10 eaudiobooks. Loan period is for 21 days (three weeks) and titles can be renewed if there are no reserves on them.

Titles can be reserved. They self expire after the due date and can be returned earlier if you want to.

Download the Borrowbox app from your app store. Log-in with your library card. Browse titles, checkout items, and download to listen on the go.

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Story Box Library

Watch and listen to stories read aloud by Australian and New Zealand actors, sportspeople, comedians, musicians and more.

Story Box Library gets kids excited about reading, inspires their imaginations and lets them have fun with stories, improving their language and literacy skills along the way. Activity time ideas are available for every story in the collection. With an ever-growing library, suitable for preschool and primary school aged children, it really is Storytime, Anytime!

To login, enter your Palmerston North City Library card number and PIN.

Download the Story Box app from your app store. Click "Log in with Library Access" then enter your library card and PIN.

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Tumblebooks

Animated talking picture books for children, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Non-Fiction and foreign language titles, plus videos, games and puzzles.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TumbleBooks also includes National Geographic videos and games.

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Beanstack

A resource to encourage and monitor reading.

Beanstack is a digital platform that monitors and encourages reading. It rewards reading with virtual badges and achievements. Features include...

  • Log reading books and minutes
  • Monitor streaks of reading (consecutive days)
  • Write book reviews
  • Receive book recommendations of books in our catalogue
  • Engage in challenges and activities

The whole family can share the same account, with each reader having their own profile.

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Bridget Williams Books: New Zealand History Collection

One authoritative resource of life on these islands, from earliest beginnings to present day. Comprising 90+ titles from over 30 years of history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books.

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Bridget Williams Books: Critical Issues Collection

The online home for deep analysis of the big issues facing New Zealand today: housing, inequality, climate change, child poverty, the environment, migration, financial crisis, and more.

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