1000 Māori place names
Read the component parts of Māori place names and their correct pronunciation on the nzhistory website.
Academic OneFile (Gale)
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.
AMES World Wide English
Learn English from beginner to intermediate level - for work, life and study.
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.
Australia & New Zealand Reference Centre Plus
Find articles from newspapers, magazines, and reference books covering current events, business, politics, sports and many other subjects.
Australia/NZ Reference Centre Plus combines Australasian magazines, newspapers, and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to libraries in Oceania. This database includes leading Australian, New Zealand and international magazines and newspapers in full text; full text reference books; more than 90,000 full text biographies and an Image Collection of more than one million photos, maps and flags. Titles include the Dominion Post and the Manawatu Standard.
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.
Biography (Gale 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.
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
Essential business information from around the world. Includes detailed company and industry profiles, market share and financial reports.
Computer Science (Gale OneFile)
Provides access to leading business and technical publications in the computer, telecommunications, and electronics industries.
This database includes more than 600 journals and periodicals, providing information on computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.
Contemporary Women's Issues (Gale OneFile)
Articles on women’s issues including social, environmental, educational, and family concerns with an international focus.
Culinary Arts (Gale OneFile)
Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
Entrepreneurship (Gale Business)
Previously the Small Business Resource Center.
Coverage includes all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. Resources include; sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and websites.
Environmental Studies (Gale In Context)
Previously GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources).
This database focuses on the physical and social aspects of environmental issues. Users can search the information to learn about diverse subjects such as climate change, food security, land and water use, populations and tourism.
Environmental Studies and Policy (Gale OneFile)
A database that answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and books.
Access e-books and e-audiobooks at home, or on the go with the Libby app. 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. We recommend accessing ePukapuka via the Libby app.
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 (Gale OneFile)
This collection will provide support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and film-making.
A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Gale Interactive: Chemistry
Bring science to life and helps students visualize key concepts.
Aligned to the scope and sequence of introductory college classes, Gale Interactive: Chemistry engages students and aids comprehension by pairing reference material with manipulatable 3D models.
Please note - This resource may not work as intended on older Internet browsers.
Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy
Breathe new life into the study of Human Anatomy with Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy
Human anatomy is known to be a challenging subject to master and teach, but traditional resources and lab materials are often limited, making it difficult for students to comprehend essential concepts. Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy is an innovative learning aid that allows students to examine virtual 3D dissections and immerse themselves in interactive research.
Please note - This resource may not work as intended on older Internet browsers.
Gale Interactive: Science
Gale Interactive: Science provides a comprehensive view of the most-studied science subjects.
Authoritative, high-quality digital content is paired with interactive 3D models with functionality including zooming in, rotating, or pulling them apart.
Please note - This resource may not work as intended on older Internet browsers.
Gardening and Horticulture (Gale OneFile)
This collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals.
This collection includes eBooks on getting started with and methods of researching your family history.
Genealogy Connect features a wide range of genealogy eBook resources grouped together in a fully cross-searchable platform to assist genealogists and family history enthusiasts in their research.
Unfortunately from 31 March 2020, the vendor is no longer providing this database.
General OneFile (Gale)
General OneFile is a comprehensive general-interest resource providing periodical and news information perfect for researchers at all levels.
To assist with finding funding for school, polytechnic or travel grants, sports and arts schemes, personal grants and personal development funds. You will need to create an account the first time you 'view this resource'.
Global Issues (Gale In Context)
Integrates news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more in a single search.
This database supports awareness and provides perspective on global issues, while tying together a wealth of authoritative content, empowering learners to critically analyse and understand the most important issues of the modern world.
Haynes Australia AllAccess
Access over 600 online manuals, covering car and motorcycle maintenance and repairs.
Haynes Manuals AllAccess is a library of manuals covering a range of makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance and servicing procedures.
Health and Wellness (Gale)
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 offers up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources.
High School (Gale In Context)
Previously Student Resources In Context.
This database presents material in the way most useful for students. Students will find a vast array of resources for papers, projects and presentations. Covers topics in the science, health, history, geography, cultures and literature areas.
Home Improvement (Gale OneFile)
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 and Tourism (Gale OneFile)
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.
Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.
With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides Palmerston North City Library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.
Create an account with Kanopy.
8 films (play credits) per calendar month.
Once you press play on a video, 1 film (play credit) is used.
You have 3 days (72 hours) to watch each film as many times as you like.
Streaming only, no downloading.
Streamed from a computer, mobile device, Apple TV, and Chromecast.
Kanopy Kids is a complimentary site to Kanopy, full of quality Children's entertainment.
Palmerston North City Library members can use their library cards to access films, animation and stories for free through Kanopy Kids. Kanopy Kids has a wide selection of educational and entertaining movies and TV series, and animated storybooks for children of all ages. Appropriate for preschool and up.
You need a Kanopy account to access Kanopy Kids.
Kids cannot create their own accounts. A parent or guardian must create the Kanopy account.
Once you've gone into Kanopy Kids, you'll have unlimited access to Kanopy Kids for 30 days.
Literary Sources brings together all Gale Literature related content in a single interface with great features that can save you time. Access full-text literary works, journal articles, literature criticism and analysis, reviews, author biographies and more.
Literature Resource Center
Information on literary figures from all time periods writing in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more.
Find 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.
LitFinder provides access to literary works and authors throughout history.
Includes more than 132,000 full-text poems and 670,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. Biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary are also included.
An educational site offering thousands of video courses in computer technology, software, creativity and business skills.
Lynda.com is a leading online platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Members have access to a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Now part of Linkedin, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organizations, with tutorials in five languages.
A library card is necessary to create an account to track your progress.
*Our upgrade to LinkedIn Learning has been postponed until further notice.
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.
Manawatū Heritage Tour App
Explore the Manawatū, New Zealand through themed heritage tours. Created by the Heritage Team at Palmerston North City Library, these fun, interactive tours allows the whole family to explore Palmerston North and beyond like you never have before.
Manawatū Heritage Tours App brings together community-initiated research, images and content from the award-winning Manawatū Heritage digital repository and mobile technology to help people to explore Palmerston North's rich and often unknown history. Current tours include Women's Places, Military Tour (Walking), and Military Tour (Driving).
Learn a language, with more than 70 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.
You need to create a profile, and then link to our Library with your library card for free access to all Mango lessons.
Look up Māori words and phrases and access further resources.
Māori word of the day
Register with Kupu o te Rā for daily Māori words sent to your email or via RSS feed. Also features te Reo grammar tips and tricks.
Māori Language.net was started in 2007 with some funding by Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) through their Mā Te Reo fund. It’s aim is to be a base for the basics of Māori Language. It includes guides to alphabet, pronunciation, waiata, phrases and more.
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.
Middle School (Gale In Context)
Previously Research In Context
Created specifically for intermediate age students, this database combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, world history, and literature.
National Business Review
Immediate and unrestricted access to the entire print edition. Updated daily.
You will need to create an account to view this resource.
The link will only work if you use a library computer.
NoveList Plus can help you find your next great read in your favourite genre. It includes adult, young adult, children's, easy fiction, nonfiction and audiobooks.
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. With an intuitive interface and extensive content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale 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 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.
Plan Builder (Gale Business)
Previously Small Business Builder.
This database helps patrons interested in planning and optimizing their businesses or nonprofits. Built for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.
Create an account to access this resource.
Popular Magazines (Gale OneFile)
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.
Power Search (Gale)
Save time and search across more than one Gale eResource at once.
This database provides instant access to 7000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 120 countries in 60 languages.
From November 1st, Stuff Ltd will be restricting access to their magazine and newspaper titles through PressReader.
Their titles which include the Dominion Post and the Manawatu Standard will no longer be available to be read from home via the PressReader app or website. Stuff titles will only be accessible through the PressReader website at one of our Libraries.
Magazines and newspapers not published by Stuff are unaffected.
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 200 e-magazine titles are available in our collection, including back-issues.
Download the RB Digital app from the Google Play store or the App store. Log-in with your library card. Browse titles, checkout items, and download to read on or offline.
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.
Science (Gale In Context)
An engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.
Gale's authoritative reference content is merged with full-text magazine, academic journal, and news articles; experiments, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites organised into a user-friendly portal experience.
Story Box Library
Watch your favourite stories read aloud by our best storytellers.
Story Box Library is an educational website created for Australian children to view stories by Australian authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic storytellers. Ever expanding content, with New Zealand material coming, short films about the creative process behind books, and at home activities for each story.
Go to Log In, select Public Library & Tertiary. Make sure Palmerston North City Library is selected and enter your library card number.
Strategic Grants connects nonprofit organizations with tools, resources and support in identifying grants for your funding needs.
The Strategic Grants team is a team of professionals who have 20 years of success in helping nonprofits secure funding.
If you are interested, please contact our Community Funding team to ask about eligibility to access this resource: communityFunding@pncc.govt.nz
Contact Community Funding for login instructions.
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori
Visit The Māori Language Commission website for pronunciation guides, Tikanga Māori and resources. The Māori Language Commission was set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 and continued under Te Ture Reo Māori 2016 / Māori Language Act 2016 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary means of communication.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
Learn more about Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and access resources from past years celebrations.
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 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.
World Book Online
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 (Gale In Context)
A resource that helps students understand the world around them, from antiquity to the present.
World History provides an overview of world history covering the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, and people.