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Digital Content

Napier Libraries are excited to be able to provide access to a wide range of digital content.  Whether you're researching family history, working on an assignment, or just wanting to learn something new, we have the content for you, including eBooks, eAudio Books, movies and more!

You need to be a Napier Libraries member to access some of our digital content.  If you're not already a member, you can join here.

If you need help using these great resources, visit our Technical Support page here.


A logo2Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry unlocks the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more, with new content added daily.  Ancestry Library Edition contains the UK and Ireland Census Collection, England and Wales Civil Registration Index, Immigration Collections and US Federal Census Collection data. 

To access outside the library: Please first login through the library online calalogue, login, then click home, then click on the database page link and then click on the Ancestry link. You must repeat this process every time you want access ancestory.

Access within the library.

Any questionsAny Questions

AnyQuestions is a free online reference service for all New Zealand school students.  The team of friendly librarians from around New Zealand are specially trained to work with students to find the answers they need.  The service is open Monday to Friday 1-6pm.

archives new zealandArchives New Zealand

Archives New Zealand preserves and protects more than seven million official records, from 19th century treaties to 21st century documents and data.  Their goal is for all New Zealanders to easily access and use this taonga, connecting you to your rights and entitlements and stories - now and for the future.



BookLink is an online lending and reading service that offers access to the Blind & Low Vision to New Zealand library's digital collections including New Zealand and international audio books, audio magazines, and community, regional and national text newspapers. There is also a special BookLink Youth portal for younger readers.

Note: you need to be a Blind & Low Vision NZ Library member or have a print disability to use this service.

Download the BookLink app:

Android PlayApple Store 


BorrowBox Gateway compact LHS2BorrowBox

BorrowBox eBooks and eAudio Books are particularly high quality with a great range of Australasian and international authors including Liane Moriarty, Kate Morton, Di Morrissey, Lee Child, James Patterson and David Baldacci.  With BorrowBox, content is king and the selection of local and international bestselling titles expands constantly. 

Note: loan period 14 days (with optional 2 renewals).  Limit of 4 eBooks and 4 eAudio Books at one time.

Download the BorrowBox app:

Android PlayApple Store 


BWB Texts CollectionBWB Books

An acclaimed and fast-growing series of 'short books on big subjects', published by Bridget Williams Books (BWB). 

To access outside the library: Please first login through the library online calalogue, log in, then click home, then click on the database page link and then click on the BWB Texts Collection link.

Access within the library. 

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Britannica Library

This is a fantastic encyclopaedia and multimedia resource for students of all ages.  The awardwinning trusted content is updated daily and information is presented for different age and learning levels, with interactive learning, images, videos, and country comparisons.

Note: log in using your library card number.

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British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and FindMyPast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection and making them available online.  You can search hundreds of millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title.

Note: British Newspaper Archive is only available for use within the library.


war gravesCommonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women who died in the armed forces of the British Empire during the First and Second World Wars, and ensures that they will never be forgotten.  You can find war dead, cemeteries and memorials, and discover the CWGC archive.

NCCCommunity Info Database

Community Info Database contains a comprehensive list of all the community groups and clubs from Age Concern Napier to Zonta Hawke's Bay.  Select the group or club you are interested in to view a full description and contact details.

Critical Issues Collection

Housing, inequality, climate change, child poverty, the environment, migration, financial crisis - deep analysis of the big issues.  Includes the ability to keyword search across all titles.

To access outside the library: Please first login through the library online calalogue, login, then click home, then click on the database page link and then click on the Critical Issues Collection link.

Access within the library. 





Epukapuka is a group of lower North Island libraries who joined together provide access to thousands of eBooks and eAudio Books on the OverDrive platform.  With so many authors to chose from, you'll love exploring this library!  The best way to view titles is by using the Libby app, however you can use Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or laptop, or use your Kindle Fire/Tablet.

Note: loan period 21 days.  Limit of 10 items at one time.

Download the Libby App (by Overdrive) for Epukapuka:

Android Play        Windows StoreApple Store




FamilySearch is bursting at the seams with great records from across the world including church, vital, census, land, probate, military and immigration records, as well as many other types of records and histories that can help you uncover your family tree.  Napier Libraries are an Affiliate Member.  You will need to sign up to the FamilySearch site the first time you use it and log in each time you use the site.

fantastic fictionFantastic Fiction

Search and browse titles from over 50,000 bestselling fiction authors, with the latest books and series information.

find my pastFindMyPast

FindMyPast makes original historical documents available to search online so that you can explore a collection of over two billion records, find your ancestors, and trace your family tree from the comfort of your local library.

Note: FindMyPast is only available for use within the library.


Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness is automatically updated with the latest daily content from News Articles, Academic Journals, Reference, Magazines, Videos & Audio and the Coronavirus topic page features a link at the top of the homepage.

good readsGood Reads

Deciding what to read next?  You're in the right place!  Enter the titles or genres you've enjoyed in the past and Good Reads will give you recommendations.  Log in to see what your friends are reading, join book clubs, and more.


hbearthquakeHawke's Bay Earthquake

Shortly after 10.45am on Tuesday 3rd February 1931, an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck the Hawke's Bay area.  This site is dedicated to all those who lost their lives, and includes lists of casualties and injured.

health navigatorHealth Navigator

Health Navigator provides one place for New Zealanders to find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-care resources.  You will find links to health conditions, medicines and healthy living advice, apps and videos, resources in different languages, where to find support, and much more.


National library2Index New Zealand

Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from more than 1,000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day.  Around 3,000 new records are added monthly from 460 titles.




Access free films, amazing courses and keep the kids entertained with the Kanopy app.  With more than 30,000 of the world's best films to choose from, including Oscar winning movies, award-winning documentaries, and the best of New Zealand cinema, your viewing choices are endless.  You will need to sign up to the Kanopy site the first time you use it and log in each time you use the site.

Note: this database is for adult card holders only.  You can watch up to 10 free films per month, with unlimited plays on Kanopy Kids and The Great Courses.

Download the app:

Android PlayApple Store



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Kanopy Kids

Enjoy unlimited viewing in Kanopy's collection for younger viewers (under 13 years).  Bring books to life with a range of story time programming, along with short films and thought provoking movies.  For curious minds there's a range of interesting education topics to discover such as space, the natural world and how things work.

Note: Kanopy Kids can only be accessed by adult library members to ensure viewing can be managed appopriately.


Great CoursesKanopy - The Great Courses

Fuel lifelong learning with over 6,000 videos including history, hobbies, sciences, and lifestyle skills to study in your own time from the comfort of your own home.  There is something for everyone!  From architecture to ancient Egypt, mindfulness to making gourmet meals, you're spoilt for choice by having unlimited access to these great courses.


Knowledge Bank: Hawke's Bay Digital Archives Trust


The Knowledge Bank is an ever-growing digital record of Hawke's Bay and its people - stories of the events, people, celebrations, tragedies and day-to-day life that helped form the culture and landscape of the Bay.




Māori Land Court Minute Book Index

The Māori Land Court Minute Book Index (MLCMBI) provides quick and easy access to over 1,100 hand written minute book records which were made between 1865 and 1910, from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maiapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Māori Land Court.  The MLCMBI database was created by the University of Auckland Library and is hosted exclusively by The Knowledge Basket.

Note: this resource is an index. Researchers will also need access to the Minute Books themselves, which are available in print at the Māori Land Court. The local office is in Hastings for the Tākitimu district. The Tākitimu boundaries are the Mōhaka River in the north to the Wairarapa in the south.

maori mapsMāori Maps

Find your way to the tribal marae of Aotearoa New Zealand - through maps, information and photographs - through the digital gateway of Māori Maps.  Te Potiki National Trust gathers the information for Māori Maps from public sources, and holds it in trust for our beneficiaries, the marae of Aotearoa New Zealand.

maori plant useMāori Plant Use

The Māori Plant Use database from Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua provides easy access to detailed information on Māori traditional uses of New Zealand native plants.


Matapihi DigitalNZ is a search site for all things New Zealand, connecting you to reliable digital collections from libraries, museums, galleries, and more.  You can discover more than 30 million digital items from more than 200 organisations on any topic.

ministry of healthMinistry of Health Manatū Hauora

The Ministry of Health works across the health sector to deliver better health outcomes for New Zealanders.  Find information on health services, statistics, publications, and hot topics.

MTG4MTG Hawke's Bay Tai Ahuriri

Hawke's Bay's award-winning musem, home of the region's taonga and other treasures.


NCC3Napier City Community Profile

The Napier City Community Profile includes demographic analysis for the city and its suburbs based on the results from the 2013, 2006, and 2001 Censuses of Population and Dwellings.  The profile is updated with population estimates when Statistics New Zealand releases new figures.

National libraryNational Library of New Zealand

The National Library of New Zealand collects, connects, and co-creates knowledge to power New Zealand.  The National Library has a wide range of collections including books, magazines, audio, websites, Turnbull archival collections, and more.

nzetcNew Zealand Electronic Text Collection Te Pūhikotuhi o Aotearoa

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

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New Zealand Gazette

The New Zealand Gazette is the official Government newspaper and authoritative journal of constitutional record, published since 1841.  It contains official commercial and government notifications that are required by legislation to be published.

heritage nz2New Zealand Heritage List Rārangi Kōrero

Search the New Zealand Heritage List Rārangi Kōrero for information about New Zealand's significant heritage places, including Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu/National Historic Landmarks.

New Zealand History Collection

Over 30 years of award-winning history publishing combines into an authoritative resource of life on these islands, from earliest beginnings to present day.  Includes the ability to keyword search across all titles.

To access from home: Please first login through the library online calalogue, login, then click home, then click on the database page link and then click on the New Zealand History Collection link.

Access within the library.

NZ HistoryNew Zealand History Nga korero a ipurangi o Aotearoa

The New Zealand History website covers a wide range of topics including culture and society, politics and government, New Zealand at war, hands-on history, and resources for the classroom.  You can search by topics, events, people, and places, for everything you need to know about New Zealand history.


New Zealand Legal Information Institute Databases

Find case law, legislation, law journals and other New Zealand law materials.  The New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) is a joint project of the University of Otago Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury, and the Australian Legal Information Institute, with the assistance of the Victoria University of Wellington Law School.

resizedimage11039 legislationNew Zealand Legislation

The authoritative source of Acts, Bills, and Legislative Instruments.  New Zealand Legislation also includes High Court Rules, interpretation of legislation, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, and links to other useful websites.

New Zealand Sign Language Collection

BWB's reference publishing and accounts of Deaf experience are freshly rendered using rich multimedia and visuals.  Includes the ability to keyword search across all titles.

To access outside the library: Please first login through the library online calalogue, login, then click home, then click on the database page link and then click on the New Zealand Sign Language Collection link.

Access within the library. 

ngatiNgāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is a mandated iwi organisation with the authority to represent the people of Ngāti Kahungunu, and is the Governing body for all aspects of Iwi development.  This site includes information on governance, operations, our people, and events.

Niche Academy

Niche Academy has tutorials to help you use Napier Library digital content, including Ancestry, Britannica, FamilySearch, Findmypast, Kanopy, Overdrive/Libby, PressReader, Road to IELTS, Wheelers ePlatform, and more.  There are also useful tutorials on Google Docs, Tinkercad, Research Essentials, and more.


Oxford referenceOxford Art and Architecture

Authoritative information on artists, architects, works, and buildings as well as the terminology, concepts, movements, techniques, and organizations relating to all periods within these fields.


papers pastPapers Past

Papers Past includes a wide range of digitised material, including New Zealand and Pacific newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries, magazines and journals, letters and diaries, and Parliamentary Papers.

Papers Past Newspaper Open Data Pilot

The National Library of New Zealand has released a set of newspaper data from Papers Past for researchers to use.  The data includes a range of newspapers from 1839-1899, including Hawke's Bay titles such as the Bush Advocate, Daily Telegraph, Hastings Standard, Hawke's Bay Herald, Hawke's Bay Times and Hawke's Bay Weekly Times.

press readerPressReader

PressReader delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read, discuss and share.  Get full issues of thousands of newspaper and magazines from around the world just as they appear in print.

Note: to access from home, log in to the Napier Libraries catalogue, click Home, click Databases, click on the Press Reader link and you're ready to read.

The following titles are only available to view within the library using the PressReader website (not the app): Dominion Post, Manawatu Standard, Marlborough Standard, Nelson Mail, NZ Gardener, NZ House and Garden, Southland Times, Sunday News, Sunday Star Times, Taranaki Daily News, The Press, Timaru Herald, TV Guide, and Waikato Times.

Download the app:

Android PlayApple Store





retrolensRetrolens Historical Image Resource

Retrolens is made up of a treasure trove of aerial photographs that have been taken since 1936 through to 2005.  It is a Crown archive and contains 500,000 images.  The photos were taken for a range of reasons such as land management and mapping.  The value of these images is in showing change across New Zealand. 

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Road to IELTS

Are you preparing for IELTS?  Use the British Council's Road to IELTS to help develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills you need to succeed in the test.  With over 300 interactive activities, including videos, times listening activities, mock test papers with model answers, and a progress feature to plan and monitor your learning.

Note: Log in with your library card.  We only have one licence for IELTS, so if you can't access it at once, please try again later.

If you are using a tablet within the library, the tablet needs to be connected using the library's wifi. If the program can connect and find the library account, you will then be able to use the program with the same login account or by anonymous access. If you use a tablet outside the library, you can login using your email address PROVIDED you have already registered it using your tablet inside the library or your desktop browser from home.


statsStatistics New Zealand Tatauranga Aotearoa

Statistics New Zealand Tatauranga Aotearoa is New Zealand's official data agency.  They collect information from people and organisations through censuses and surveys, and use this information to publish insights and data about New Zealand.  The site includes The New Zealand Official Yearbook 1893-2012 which provide a comprehensive statistical picture of life in New Zealand. 


te araTe Ara New Zealand Encyclopaedia

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is the complete guide to our peoples, environment, history, culture and society.  Te Ara also includes the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, containing the life stories of over 3,000 people.

te puni kokiriTe Kāhui Māngai

Te Kāhui Māngai is a useful tool for anyone to find out basic information about iwi, hapū and marae.  Te Kāhui Māngai gives information on iwi identified in the Māori Fisheries Act 2004, and those iwi/hapū that have begun the process of negotiating settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims; this includes their rohe, hapū, marae, and the organisations whose mandates to represent these iwi/hapū have been recognised by the New Zealand Government.

te tiriti o waitangiTe Tiriti o Waitangi

Ko te Tiriti o Waitangi te tuhinga taketake o Aotearoa. He whakawhitinga kī taurangi, pērā i ngā tiriti katoa. Ko tā te pae tukutuku nei, he whakamārama poto i te Tiriti o Waitangi me ngā take e pā ana ki te Tiriti, i te mea kāore e tino kaha ana te mārama ki ēnei āhuatanga.

archives new zealand2The Treaty of Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi is not a single large sheet of paper but a group of nine documents: seven on paper and two on parchment. Together they represent an agreement drawn up between representatives of the British Crown on the one hand and representatives of Māori iwi and hapū on the other. Named after the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed on 6 February 1840, the Treaty was also signed at locations around the country over a seven-month period.

Treaty of Waitangi Collection

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection brings together leading thinking on this fundamental document, including works by acclaimed scholars, award-winning histories and diverse commentary.  Includes the ability to keyword search across all titles.

To access outside the library: Please first login through the library online calalogue, login, then click home, then click on the database page link and then click on the Treaty of Waitangi link.

Access within the library. 


Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia.  It's more than a search engine - Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and more.  Trove is a collaboration between the Australian National Library, Australia's State and Territory libraries and hundreds of cultural and research institutions around Australia, working together to create a legacy of Australia's knowledge for now and into the future.

28mb bannerTwenty Eighth Māori Battalion

The 28th Māori Battalion site covers a range of topics from the Battalion's formation in 1939 to its eventual disbandment in 1946.  Topics include: about the 28th, call to arms, Greece and Crete, desert fighters, Italian campaign, life in the battalion, home front, after the war, battalion diary and letters.



vietnam warVietnam War

The Vietnam War website is the hub for memories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War.  It was created as part of the Vietnam War Oral History Project run by Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage between 2008 and 2012.


what book nextWhat Book Next

Need just the right fiction title for class discussions, student projects, or read-a-louds?  Or simply a great read for your yourself?  Choose from dozens of themes and genres, and hundreds of topics.  Search by age group, from picture books to young adult fiction.

ww100WW100 New Zealand

New Zealand's First World War Centenary (WW100) programme marked the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2019 (when our troops came home), thorugh a range of events, activities and projects in all parts of the country.  Major themes include duty and adventure, the ANZAC connection, transition - a national war effort, the grind of war, the darkness before the dawn, and finding our way back.


Wheelers ePlatform is a New Zealand based platform with a wide range of eBooks and eAudio Books, including local authors.  You will need to sign up to the Wheelers ePlatform site the first time you use it and log in each time you use the site.  The best way to view titles is by using the Wheelers ePlatform app, however you can use Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or laptop, or use your Kindle Fire/Tablet.

Note: loan period 21 days.  Limit of 10 items at one time.

Download the Wheelers ePlatform app:

Android PlayApple StoreWindows Store




Women's Studies Collection

Led by a major new history of New Zealand women, this Collection combines decades of groundbreaking publishing life through a female lens.  Includes the ability to keyword search across all titles.

To access outside the library: Please first login through the library online calalogue, login, then click home, then click on the database page link and then click on the Women's Study Collection link.

Access within the library.




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