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Online Resources

Explore our online library collection

Enjoy free online access to a wealth of resources and information available from our online databases.

Some of the databases below require your library membership card number to be entered and others are accessible simply by clicking on the links (see below).

The databases and what we offer

The following databases do not require your library card number:

National Library of New Zealand - This also gives you access to the New Zealand National Union Catalogue and the Australian National Bibliographic Database.

Index New Zealand - New Zealand periodicals and articles from New Zealand journals.

Kauwhata Reo - With the continued growth of te reo Māori learners there is a need to make it easier to find te reo Māori resources. This site aims to develop a repository to support those teaching and learning te reo Māori to search for and access relevant content, tools and resources. They are still in the early stages of development and more features and content will be coming soon.

Papers Past - Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, journals and parliamentary papers. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes over 68 publications from all regions of New Zealand. 

Te Ara - Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It is a comprehensive guide to the country's peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

Standards New Zealand (Building Standards) - The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (Building System Performance) has funded the following building standards, used for Building Code compliance, for free download.

The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection - Comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources. 

Māori Land Online - Provides a snapshot of current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land that falls within the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and other legislation 

Niche Academy provides ready-to-use tutorials for a variety of electronic resources and topics. Tutorials cover popular resources and topics such as:

      • Fraud
      • Ancestry Library Edition
      • Gmail
      • Google Docs
      • Microsoft Office
      • Auto maintenance
      • Zoom
      • Wheelers ePlatform – eBooks and Audiobooks
      • Facebook
      • Goodreads

The Journal of the Polynesian Society - The Polynesian Society is a non-profit organization based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Founded in 1892, the Society's aim was the scholarly study of past and present New Zealand Māori and other Pacific Island peoples and cultures. All issues of the Journal are available on this site except for a rolling embargo on the most recent two years.

Dictionary New Zealand Biography - The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography forms part of Te Ara. It includes the definitive texts of all the biographies previously published in print, and additional biographies which are available only online. It also includes te reo Maori versions of all the biographies relating to Maori subjects. New biographies are added each year. 

Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives - The Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", is a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858. The reports cover many subjects, documenting the work of government departments and a wide range of other activities carried out by, or of interest to, the government of the day.


The following databases carry extra access requirements as detailed below in their descriptions: - Ancestry Library Edition is a comprehensive genealogical tool to help users trace their family lineage or help historians access historical records. Ancestry Library Edition includes genealogical information on more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections. Highlights include UK census records for every decade from 1841 to 1901. This database can now be accessed for free remotely by following the following link and using your membership number and pin 

Before accessing these databases you must read and agree to the conditions of use. By entering these databases you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

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PressReader - Provides same day access to full-page replicas of more than 7,000 newspapers & magazines from New Zealand and around the world in 60+ languages.

PressReader gives you up-to-date access to digital versions of thousands of the world's most popular newspapers and magazines. New Zealand titles include The Waikato Times, the New Zealand Herald, NZ Rugby World, and Dish magazine. International titles include The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vogue and Esquire. There are titles in over 60 different languages including Hindi, Tagalog, French, Afrikaans, and Spanish.

Please use your library card number and PIN to log in.

Thanks to the The New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme this database is available until 31st March 2021.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus - Combines Australasian magazines, newspapers, newswires, biographies, academic journal articles and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full-text content available to libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

Please use your library card number and PIN to log in.

This database includes:

  • MasterFILE Complete:
    Provides full text periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion.

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost):
    Search and view the full text of eBooks.

  • MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection:
    This ebook reference collection offers a rich selection of eBook titles covering a broad range of general reference subjects. Topics include biography, history, careers, cooking, literature, genealogy, health, parenting, personal finance, politics, architecture, science, current events, social-emotion health, sports, and travel. 

Access the Waikato District Libraries catalogue here. Remember your pin is the last four digits of your library card membership number or the password chosen when you joined up to our library services.