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eResources

All our eResources are available 24/7 to anyone with a library membership.

We have eBooks, music, films, databases, courses, newspapers, magazines... and heaps more!

You'll need a Hutt City Libraries card number and password to access these resources. If you need help setting up a password for your library account to access these resources please email libraries@huttcity.govt.nz.


Kids eResources

Digital Distractions - Online activities and projects for your tamariki

Fed up with the family? Run out of things to watch on Netflix? Try some of these fun activities for kids (and big kids!).

Have a crack at coding

Arts and Crafts

  • Watch Caines Arcade and make your own cardboard arcade game
  • Build a pillow fort and read books in it!
  • Make a zine with this template and these instructions and ideas. You could make a zine about your favourite artist or musician, a thing you are an expert on, something you've done or would like to do in the future
  • Travel to the world's greatest museums with your own personal museum guide

Writing Projects

  • Love writing? Enter the North and South Short Story Competition
  • Write a short play or drama about a family in lockdown during Covid-19. If you feel inspired film it!
  • Create a daily journal to record your feelings and thoughts during this time

Free Music Programs

Searchable Sound Libraries

Thanks to the team at Naenae Clubhouse for pulling this list together.

For other activity ideas please check out Hutt City Libraries and Naenae Clubhouse on Facebook.


Access video on demand

Streaming video for lifelong learners – documentaries and how-to programs spanning the arts, biographies, history, science, travel, living and more!




Alexander Street Music

Streaming access to over 10 million music tracks, including rare and archival tracks from music producers such as EMI, Universal, and the Smithsonian. Major genres include classical, jazz, American folk and gospel, popular, and contemporary world music.





Ancestry LIbrary Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history using this genealogy database. Search records from the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, NZ, Canada, the USA, and the Pacific Islands. Collections include Census, court and land records, passenger lists, parish and military records, births, deaths and marriages, NZ street directories and electoral rolls. View original digitised documents, and family trees added by the public. Ancestry has now added a collection of training videos to YouTube including guides to the homepage, the card catalogue, and advanced search.


Access Ancestry.com in our libraries.

You must be logged in to the library to access Ancestry.com from home. Click here to login and access our Ancestry link.

Need help getting started? Check out our How to use Ancestry.

Remote access is offered on a temporary basis during the lockdown.


Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

This database contains full text from leading Australia/New Zealand magazines, newspapers and newswires, reference books, and over 90,000 full-text biographies with over 960,000 photos, maps and flags.




BeamaFilm

Stream films for free with Beamafilm and watch all the latest docos and indie features using your library card!

Beamafilm is an online streaming network that hosts a carefully curated collection of over 500 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you.

Watch movies anytime, anywhere and on any internet connected device: phones; tablets; Macs/PC’s and TV's via Chromecast, AppleTV or HDMI.

Grab your library card and get started now!

Sign up by using these step-by-step instructions, or watch our handy 'How To' video.


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Britannica Library

You have the world's greatest encyclopaedia at your fingertips. Find detailed articles plus links to relevant websites, articles from leading magazines, maps and images. Information on a topic is written for kids, teens and adults.


Need help getting started? Check out our How to use Britannica Library.


British News Paper Archive

British Newspaper Archive

Search over 700 British and Irish newspaper titles from 1710 to 2000, digitised online. Daily, weekly and illustrated newspapers are included, plus specialist journals and magazines published in the UK and Ireland. Research local or family history from counties, cities, villages and London boroughs. You can also find news articles, photos and family notices about New Zealand, accounts of visits to the UK by prominent Maori, and letters home from NZ settlers to help your whakapapa research.


This database is only accessible on computers within the library and you need to create a free account the first time you access it.


Need help getting started? Check out our Know How to use British Newspaper Archive.


Epukapuka

ePukapuka

Borrow over 6000 eBooks and eAudiobooks from a wide range of contemporary authors with ePukapuka.

Download to your computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or eReader to read anywhere!



Find My Past

FindMyPast

Remote access to FindMyPast is now available by emailing our Ask a Librarian team at libraries@huttcity.govt.nz.

This World Collection of genealogical records includes the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA and Pacific Islands. Search Census and electoral rolls, migration, probate, land, parish records. Special collections include the 1939 Register of England and Wales; Irish Catholic parish, workhouse and prison records; and Royal Archives. Findmypast has useful webinars on YouTube and an interesting blog.

Need help getting started? Check out our Know How to use Findmypast.

Remote access is offered on a temporary basis during the lockdown. You cannot add your own family tree to the site using this library access.


givUS & givMe

Generosity NZ provide access to a number of databases including;

  • givUS lists more than 1,200 resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs.

  • givME offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and grants for individuals.

You will need to log in to your library account to access these resources.

IELTS - General

Road to IELTS is a 100% online exam preparation resource developed by the British Council and ClarityEnglish. Almost 3 million people take the IELTS test every year to qualify for university, employment or citizenship. This version is the British Council’s comprehensive, 100% online IELTS preparation course. It includes over 300 interactive activities, 17 videos giving advice and tutorials, 36 practice tests — everything you need to get a great IELTS score!


Road to IELTS – General is recommended if you are studying for general migration purposes.
Limited to 5 users at a time.


IELTS - Academic

Road to IELTS is a 100% online exam preparation resource developed by the British Council and ClarityEnglish. Almost 3 million people take the IELTS test every year to qualify for university, employment or citizenship. This version is the British Council’s comprehensive, 100% online IELTS preparation course. It includes over 300 interactive activities, 17 videos giving advice and tutorials, 36 practice tests — everything you need to get a great IELTS score!


Road to IELTS – Academic is recommended if you are studying to get into an English-speaking university or professional registration.
Limited to 5 users at a time.


Index NZ

Index New Zealand

Find details of articles from New Zealand magazines and newspapers. This database covers a wide range of topics including current affairs, politics, education, history and the arts. Definitely an essential source for information on New Zealand topics.




Lynda.com

Lynda.com

Online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills. Over 2500 courses available including design, programming, business, photography, video, animation and much, much more.


Need help getting started? Check out our Know How to use Lynda.com.



Mango Languages

Mango Languages

Learn foreign languages quickly and easily with Mango Languages' online learning courses.


Need help getting started? Check out our Know How to use Mango Languages.



MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete

Designed for public libraries, this database offers a large collection of the most popular full text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded resources from the world's leading publishers, covering most subject areas of general interest.


New Zealand Geographic

Access stories, videos, photographs and audio on the New Zealand Geographic website including indexed articles from the last 25 years.

New Zealand Geographic celebrates New Zealand and all its diversity — it's people, places and wildlife. It is loved by readers of all ages and is renowned for its high quality reproduction, lavish photography and in-depth editorial coverage of wide-ranging subjects. For two decades it has been the definitive journal of record for New Zealand, bringing its readers stories from the deepest oceans to the stars above their heads, and all the locations and cultures in between.


PressReader

PressReader

Online access to over 1000 national and international newspapers from 82 countries, displayed in their original format and accessible by country, language or title. PressReader is designed with browsing in mind, with full-colour, on-screen duplication of the original newspaper. Titles can be viewed up to 3 months after publication.


Need help getting started? Check out our How to use PressReader.

Update to PressReader: Stuff Ltd have withdrawn remote access to their newspapers and magazines through PressReader.

You will no longer be able to access Stuff content through the our website from home or elsewhere outside Hutt City libraries.

Stuff newspapers and magazines will still be available through the PressReader website if you are connected to the library wifi or using a library computer.

Stuff publications include:

  • Sunday Star Times
  • Sunday News
  • Southland Times
  • Waikato Times
  • Dominion Post
  • The Press
  • Nelson Mail
  • Timaru Herald
  • Manawatu Standard
  • Taranaki Daily News
  • Marlborough Express
  • TV Guide
  • NZ House and Garden
  • NZ Gardener


RBdigital

RBDigital

Access and download eMagazines on your computer, Android tablet or iPad. Titles include All About History, Men’s Health, Marie Claire, National Geographic and much more!

Need help getting started? Check out our How to use RBdigital.

Please Note: RBdigital was formerly called Zinio. The The Zinio for Libraries app is being discontinued from 17 April. If you’re still using the old app make sure you download the new RBdigital app on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Your username and password remain the same and you won't lose any of your previously checked out content.


Story Box Library

Story Box Library is the best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by our favourite storytellers from Australia and New Zealand.

A fantastic literary resource for preschool through to upper primary-aged children, featuring a range of actors, sportspeople, authors, illustrators and more sharing their unique voices in an ever-growing library. It's storytime, anytime!


Who Else Writes Like

Who Else Writes Like

Who else writes like is designed to help fiction readers find their next author. It offers suggestions and introduces new authors similar to those already enjoyed.


Need help getting started? Check out our Know How to use Who Else Writes Like.


Who Next

Who Next ...?

Who Next...? is a guide for children looking for their next read, also useful for parents. They can look up a favourite author and find suggestions of who to read next.


Need help getting started? Check out our Know How to use Who Next…?