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.
Movie and Documentary Streaming
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries have subscribed to Beamafilm so that you may enjoy free movie and documentary streaming.
Beamafilm is Australasia’s most innovative movie streaming platform where any movie-lover can stream the best in ad-free on-demand cinema for FREE whilst supporting independent film.
Use your library card to sign up and access Beamafilm through your online browser, or via the iOS or Android apps.
Not sure how to get started? Follow this handy starter guide.
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.
Animalia and The Graeme Base Collection:
Two interactive literacy resources featuring the classic and popular books by Graeme Base.
Animalia features 21 interactive literacy learning activities games, and read-along stories based on the book Animalia.
To get started, download Animalia for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows, and enter your library card number to gain free access:
The Graeme Base Collection is a one-stop location for all of Graeme’s picture books, read aloud by the author himself.
Every two weeks the world loses a language and culture. Our tūpuna have always used stories to pass on knowledge. Over 40 years of modern research proves that reading and listening for pleasure is the most efficient way to acquire language, which means our Pacific and Māori cultures will thrive when we use it recreationally.
Lingogo is a library app bursting with indigenous entertainment and knowledge. It uses a unique dual-language format to normalise te reo and Pacific languages while ensuring our stories are accessible to all.
Read & listen. Enjoy the stories. Learn cultural concepts. Pick up the languages. Strengthen your cultural connections.
How to get started:
- Download Lingogo from the Apple HERE or Google Play HERE stores for your device.
- Choose Kāpiti Coast District Libraries from the list of libraries
- Enter your library card number (Top Tip: make sure your library card number is all in capitals)
- The entire collection will be unlocked for you to enjoy.
eBooks & eAudio
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 PressReader.com from anywhere in Kāpiti by signing in with your library card & password/PIN.
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. Ancestry is currently available in your home until December 2021. Sign into Ancestry through the Library Catalogue.
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.
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.
SustainableLiving.org - 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.