Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
Discover a comprehensive selection of authoritative periodicals and scholarly journals. Disciplines include: Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Science, History, Marketing, Political Science and Psychology.
Access Video on Demand
Access over 10000 videos on a broad range of subjects. Create your own playlists and folders.
For more than 75 years, Infobase has been a reliable, authoritative resource for supporting the K–12 and academic curriculum, providing flexible options for accessing educational content whether in school, at the library, or at home. Explore video content from producers such as BBC, Cambridge Educational, Films for Humanities & Sciences, and Inside Science.
The core functionality of the site is available while logged in with your library card, but additional features such as My Videos and My Preferences need an account login. Login into Access Video on Demand, then go to create using the drop down menu with My Films along the top of the page.
Ancestry Library Edition
A resource for family history researchers.
Enter names and places where your ancestors might have lived. View images of documents such as census records. Visit the Central Library and Community Libraries.
The link will only work if you use a library computer or a device connected through the library wi-fi.
Art Films Digital
The video streaming service of Contemporary Arts Media and Artfilms.
Content that can entertain, educate and inform: Artfilms is streaming hundreds of exclusive educational videos from top artists and independent producers with unlimited, simultaneous usage. This Includes documentaries about art, feature films, archival footage, workshop films covering teaching techniques and methods, and portrait films and interviews.
Australia & New Zealand Newsstream
A selection of full-text newspapers and newswires from Australia and New Zealand covering regional and international topics.
ProQuest Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Newsstand offers access to leading Australian and New Zealand newspapers. Combining content from Fairfax Australia and Fairfax New Zealand, News Limited, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and APP newswires, ANZ Newsstand provides the very latest local, regional and national news
Australia & New Zealand Reference Centre
Find articles from international newspapers, magazines, and reference books covering current events, business, politics, sports and many other subjects.
Australian Art Sales Digest
Art market information for Australian and New Zealand forthcoming auctions, past auction results from 1969 to the present, market statistics, news and opinion.
The Australian Art Sales Digest is a database of over 650,000 works of art by more than 12,000 artists who are listed as having either lived or worked in Australia or New Zealand and an additional 36,000 other artists, that have had art offered for sale by auction in Australia and New Zealand over the last 30 years. The AASD is an indispensable tool for valuers, art consultants, auctioneers and collectors.
BBC Video Collection
Includes over 700 videos from the BBC on topics that span multiple subjects, such as history, anthropology, science, religion, health sciences and art.
The BBC’s mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate, and entertain. Alexander Street’s BBC Video Collection combines 700 of their most viewed BBC films. Viewers can explore relevant, timely documentaries on topics that span multiple subjects, such as history, anthropology, science, religion, health sciences, art, and more.
Biography in Context
A great starting point for anybody researching notable figures in history.
Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure students have access to the latest information.
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 700 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 the Google Play store or the App store. Log-in with your library card. Browse titles, checkout items, and download to listen on the go.
Britannica Online/Britannica Student/Britannica Junior
This popular encyclopedia is available for library customers to use online.
Britannica provides timely, relevant and trustworthy information. Choose your level and get started.
Business Insights: Global
Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT, market share and financial reports.
Business Reference Suite
Includes Business and Industry, Business and Management Practices, and TableBase resources.
Business Reference Suite search interface is useful when searching for broad profiling information about companies or industries. The content from each database is highly complementary. Additionally, searching B&I and TableBase together produces results which include the textual content from B&I supported by the tabular content of TableBase.
Contemporary Women's Issues
Articles on women’s issues including social, environmental, educational, and family concerns with an international focus.
Culinary Arts Collection
Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Answers environmentally-related questions covering more than 3.3 million articles from more than 700 journals and reference content.
Access e-books and e-audiobooks at home, or on the go. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction items for adult, young adults and children.
Browse titles, checkout items, and download to listen on the go. Items are available for 21 days and will automatically expire.
Download the Overdrive or Libby (new) app from the Google Play store or the App store. Log-in with your library card.
Find My Past
A family history and genealogy website containing over 550 million family history records.
A constantly updated family history and genealogy website containing over 550 million family history records. Available at the Central Library's second floor.
The link will only work if you use a library computer.
Fine Arts and Music Collection
This collection will provide support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and film-making.
Save time and search across more than one Gale eResource at once.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Searches reference books included in the Gale Resource Center eResources.
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
This collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals.
General OneFile is a comprehensive general-interest resource providing periodical and news information perfect for researchers at all levels.
Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module
Whether you’re researching a disease or health issue, a drug or herb, or you just need some basic health information for yourself or your loved ones, this is the place to start.
Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module offers up-todate reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources.
Home Improvement Collection
Covers such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements.
This special collection has more than 200 home improvement-focused titles for both hobbyists and professional carpenters . Many subject areas are covered.
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection
A great resource for curious travelers and serious researchers.
This special collection allows for focused study of all areas of the hospitality industry, including the cultural aspects of travel and leisure activities, the economic impact of tourism and more. It provides unparalleled coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field.
Index New Zealand
The National Library of New Zealand's searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from over 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers.
The National Library of New Zealand's searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers, including some from earlier in the 20th century to the current day.
Literature Resource Center
Information on literary figures from all time periods writing in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more.
Literature Resource Center offers up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Its materials support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills.
An educational site offering thousands of video courses in computer technology, software, creativity and business skills. A library card is necessary to create an account to track your progress.
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda.com has helped students, leaders, IT and design pros, project managers—anyone in any role—develop software, creative, and business skills. Now part of Linkedin, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organisations. With tutorials in five languages, Lynda.com is a global platform for success.
Manawatū Heritage is an online repository where you can search, share and download thousands of photographs and other items about the Manawatū region.
Manawatū Heritage is a living heritage tool which encourages active participation from the community by accepting digital uploads and written articles from the public. By creating a log-in, you can upload your own stories and photographs to the repository as well as comment on individual items, share your findings via email and social media, and download low or high resolution copies of out of copyright materials.
Learn a language, with more than 40 foreign language courses available (including English).
Mango utilises an engaging interface, and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for new languages. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations.
This finds information from magazines, reference books and newspapers and covers all subjects.
A powerful online reference system. It offers a variety of full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject specific databases for public, academic, medical, corporate and school libraries.
New Zealand Geographic Magazine
An interactive magazine for New Zealand, celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment.
An interactive magazine for New Zealand, celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment.
NoveList Reader's Advisory
Novelist can help you find your next great read in your favourite genre. It includes adult, young adult, children’s and easy fiction.
NoveList is a comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. With an intuitive interface and extensive content, NoveList answers the question: What should I read next?
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Need to look at one or both sides of a controversial social issue? This clarifies the facts of each topic as well as the arguments for and against.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.
Palmerston North City Council Archives Search
Archives Central is a fully-searchable catalogue of Council Archives, including a growing collection of digitised archives, sourced from participating New Zealand local authorities.
The purpose of Archives Central is to make Council archives more accessible for the community and easier to use.
Click on the logos above to view your chosen council’s homepage and search their listings; or use the search box at the top right of this page to search over the whole site.
Palmerston North Community Archives Search
This database lists the Community Archives and Research Files that are available for research purposes in the Ian Matheson City Archives. The Community Archives are records of local organisations, businesses, individuals and their families, and are generally primary documents. Research files are an amalgamation of resources around frequently requested topics. They may contain references to primary information, as well as notes, newspaper articles and secondary sources of information.
Popular Magazines Collection
Covers current events, sports, science, health and more.
This database provides a strong focus on current events, sports, science and health. Chosen by public library search results, titles are compiled by what your users are searching for most. Six hundred of the more than 1,000 titles are recommended in Bowker’s Magazines for Libraries.
This database provides instant access to 5000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
This database provides instant access to 5000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. As well as current issues, there is an archive dating back 90 days. New features offered with Press Reader are interactive tables of content, foreign language translation (in 17 different languages) social sharing and text-to-voice conversion.
RB Digital (ex Zinio)
Full colour, cover to cover digital editions of many popular print magazines.
Full colour, cover to cover digital editions of many popular print magazines, available to read on Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac & PC. Over 170 e-magazine titles are available in our collection, including back-issues
Research in Context
Aimed at intermediate school students to access in-depth content for the areas of literature, history, biographies, science, and social studies.
Research in context is developed primarily for intermediate and high school students. It has an interface that delivers the highly visual design and navigation preferred by younger users combined with the authoritative content and user-focused tool set needed to support middle school assignments and coursework. It is designed to support the developing information and digital literacy skills of the average intermediate school student.
Road to IELTS (General Training)
Preparation and practice resources for learning English, for people to gain citizenship.
Road to IELTS is organised into four skill areas, one for each paper in IELTS. In each skill area learners can prepare effectively for their test by reading information about each paper, getting advice from IELTS experts on video, and practising specific question types using the interactive practice exercises and the mock papers.
Student Resources in Context
Covers topics in the science, health, history, geography, cultures and literature areas.
Student Resources in Context offers content and presents material in the way most useful for students. This unique database provides for papers, projects, and presentations while reinforcing the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
The Treaty of Waitangi Collection
An authoritative home for treaty scholarship online, access to full content text books about the Treaty.
This collection is a landmark digital resource from Bridget Williams Books (BWB). The collection is primarily designed to provide a new and authoritative home for Treaty scholarship online, optimised for mobile and tablet devices.
Animated talking picture books for children. Fiction, Non-fiction and foreign language titles, plus maths and read-alongs.
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. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.
This collection includes fiction and non-fiction items for adult, young adults and children, on e-book or e-audiobook formats. This platform focuses more on New Zealand writers and publishers, but includes many popular titles across a range of authors, genres and subjects.
Borrow up to 10 titles at any one time. Loan period is for 21 days (three weeks) and titles can be renewed if there are no existing reserves on them.
Titles can be reserved. Titles self expire and can be returned at any time.
Download the Wheelers app for IOS, Android and Windows.
A multi-faceted reference tool for children through to tertiary level research
World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.
World History in Context
A resource that helps students understand the world around them, from antiquity to the present.
World History in Context provides an overview of world history covering the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, and people.