Society, History & Places
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.
This popular encyclopedia is available for library customers to use online.
Britannica provides timely, relevant and trustworthy information. Choose your level and get started.
City Council Archives
Palmerston North City Council archives hold records on the development of the city from 1878. You can search a list of what we hold on this database.
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.
Club Sandwich is a Palmerston North City Library initiative, connecting you with clubs in Palmerston North.
Browse the Club Sandwich website for clubs that suit your taste, then contact a club through the site, or by using the contact details provided on a club’s profile. Clubs can register a club profile, manage and update their details on Club Sandwich for free.
The community archives hold records of local families, businesses and organisations. You can search a list of what we hold on this database.
This database lists the Community Archives and Research Files that are held 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 local history topic folders and mainly contain secondary sources of information.
Contemporary Women's Issues (Gale OneFile)
Coverage of issues that influence women's lives across the globe.
Users will find timely and historically relevant content on topics including civil rights, health, education, professional development, and entrepreneurship.
Environmental Studies (Gale In Context)
Focuses on the physical, social and economic 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.
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 on the Central Library's second floor.
This link will only work if you use a library computer.
Gale 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 150,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
Global Issues (Gale In Context)
Integrates news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more in a single search.
Global Issues offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, relevant sources for analysis of these issues. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal.
Hospitality and Tourism (Gale OneFile)
A great resource for curious travelers and serious researchers.
This database 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.
On Manawatū Heritage you can search, share and download thousands of photographs, archives and other items about the Manawatū.
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
Learn about Palmerston North through themed heritage tours. This app allows the whole family to explore our history by foot, bicycle or car.
Manawatū Heritage Tours App brings together community-initiated research, images and content from the award-winning Manawatū Heritage digital repository. Mobile technology helps people to explore Palmerston North's rich and often unknown history. Current tours include Women's Places, Military Tour (Walking), and Military Tour (Driving).
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.
An online collection of digitally scanned New Zealand material from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Papers Past provides access to digitised newspapers, periodicals, letters, diaries and parliamentary papers from all regions covering the years 1839 to 1945. Includes the Manawatu Standard from 1883 to 1945.
This database provides instant access to 7000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 120 countries in 60 plus languages.
Stuff Ltd has restricted access to their magazine and newspaper titles through PressReader.
Their titles which include the Dominion Post and the Manawatu Standard are no longer available to be read from home via the PressReader app or website. Stuff titles are only accessible through the PressReader website at one of our Libraries.
Magazines and newspapers not published by Stuff are unaffected.
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.