Kāpiti Coast District Libraries have subscribed to a number of digital resources so you can use them for free.

Resources include magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, health, funding, science and business information, in various formats, including images, sound, video clips and other multimedia.

Because some of these resources are subscription databases if you are accessing them from outside of the library you will need to sign in with your library card number.

If you need to reset your library card PIN/password, search for, renew or reserve physical library items, visit our online catalogue.

Readers' Advisory & Reference

Use NoveList Plus to discover new authors, titles and series similar to those you already enjoy.You can use this Readers' Advisory tool for free by signing in with your library card number and password. Search for your favourite writer, book or genre as a starting point to find read-a-likes and recommendations for adults, teens and children.

Explora combines both the Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre and MasterFILE Complete. It combines Australasian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to libraries in Oceania, covering virtually every subject area of general interest, and a number of New Zealand topics. This database includes leading Australia/NZ periodicals and international periodicals in full text; full text reference books; over 80,000 full text biographies and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps and flags.

eBooks & eAudio

Read wherever you are, whenever you want with Axis 360, our eBook platform. For more information, visit our eBooks page.

Online Newspapers & Magazines

Kāpiti Coast District Libraries have subscribed to PressReader so that you may enjoy same-day access to more than 3,000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages. Use one of the public computers at the libraries, or the library wifi, or download the PressReader app. You may also access from anywhere in Kāpiti by signing in with your library card & password/PIN.

A Guide to using PressReader

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Mau Mahara - Heritage photographs and archives

Mau Mahara is the online database for the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Heritage Collections. Mau Mahara provides easy online access to a rich store of images and archival material relating to the Kāpiti Coast and surrounding areas. The Mau Mahara database is a work in progress and we are continuing to add new photos and additional details. It is not a complete listing of our Heritage Collection holdings.


Find out about the people who have helped shape our country, in the online Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB).


The New Zealand Gazette is the official newspaper of the Government of New Zealand, covering business proceedings, bankruptcies, land transfer notices, and departmental and parliamentary notices. Records are uploaded weekly and date back to September 1993.

Family History - Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition is a subscription database available free on library computers. It is the largest family history site online with more than 1.5 billion names worldwide.

These collections include the following records from around the world including New Zealand:

  • Births, Deaths and Marriage Records;
  • Burials and Obituaries Listings;
  • Census and Electoral Rolls;
  • Military Records;
  • Immigration and Travel Lists.

Full access to the Ancestry Library Edition is available only in the library, via the APNK (Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa) public computers, due to vendor licence restrictions. We recommend that you pre-book a public computer on the day you wish to use this database.


givUS (previously Fundview) - funding information for voluntary organisations.

givME (previously BreakOut) - funding information for students, researchers, sports people, artists and those wanting professional development.


The Mayo Clinic is a reputable U.S. organisation. The website has information about many health issues and conditions.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of regularly updated evidence-based healthcare databases that can help clinicians and consumers make decisions about appropriate and effective health care.

Health Navigator  website is a non-profit community initiative combining the efforts of a wide range of partner and supporter organisations overseen by the Health Navigator Charitable Trust. It provides one place for New Zealanders to find health information and self-care resources.

Medline Plus is produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this database brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.


Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to New Zealand’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

Births, Deaths & Marriages historical records of the New Zealand Government

Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

Browse the digitised Manuscripts and Pictorial collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library, including 100,000 pages from the papers of Sir Donald McLean and more than 70,000 New Zealand and Pacific images.

More local history resources can be found on our Heritage & Māori pages.


The New Zealand Legal Information Institute is a collection of free New Zealand legal materials and especially useful for cases and decisions.

The New Zealand Legislation website provides Acts, Bills, Statutory Regulations, Supplementary Order Papers, and links to Deemed Regulations.

The official New Zealand road code is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe driving practices.


Te Puna Search allows you to search all New Zealand Libraries.

Public Libraries of New Zealand is the website of the Association of Public Library Managers Inc (APLM).

Publications New Zealand is a record of publications from or about New Zealand, from the earliest days of publishing through to the present. You will find descriptions of best-selling novels, DVDs, eBooks, maps, magazines and other types of publications, providing access to the social, cultural, and scientific endeavours of this country.

New Zealand

Digital New Zealand - Find New Zealand digital material that is hidden or buried on the internet.

New Zealand Government - This site is where you can find information, images and resources from all New Zealand government agencies and government funded sites.

Statistics New Zealand is a government department and New Zealand’s national statistical office. It is New Zealand's major source of official statistics.

On Te Papa Collections you can access information on more than 200,000 objects in the collections - from specimens collected during Captain Cook’s first expedition to New Zealand in 1769 - 1770 to the costume worn by Xena: Warrior Princess.

Sustainable Living  - If you're ready to reduce your environmental footprint, this website offers independent advice, tools and courses to help you achieve a sustainable lifestyle.

Green Services - An overview of services the Kāpiti Coast District Council provides to support environmentally sustainable living on the Kāpiti Coast.