Books and Literature Online Resources

Premium databases and websites for books, authors and literature.

Select any of the subscriber databases and websites listed for books and literature. You may need to enter your library card number to access the databases.

Literature Resource Centre

Your most current, comprehensive, and reliable online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Its coverage includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world.


Biography Resource Centre

  • 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals
  • 170+ award-winning Gale reference titles
  • 50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events
  • Integrated reference material, periodical information and multimedia content
  • Hundreds of hand-crafted topic pages covering the highest-interest features

Books and Authors

Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN lets you browse by Character, Subject, Location and Time Period, and get a visual representation of your matching books.


The New Zealand Libraries Catalogue

The New Zealand Libraries' Catalogue works like an amalgamation of the online catalogues of libraries all over the country. It enables you to find out which New Zealand libraries hold a particular book, magazine, CD, and so on.


Publications New Zealand

New Zealand's national bibliography. It contains descriptions of books, periodicals, films, music and other material published in New Zealand, or with a significant New Zealand content, and links to libraries where you can find each item.

Using the site, you can browse a new releases showcase, search by title, media, subject and author, and subscribe to an RSS feed of recent additions.


New Zealand Geographic

A magazine for New Zealand, celebrating our people, places, wildlife and the environment for two decades, is now available for you to enjoy.


Te Puna Search

Looking for a specific title anywhere in New Zealand? Search Te Puna's database and borrow them from us through our interloan service.