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300,000 titles at your fingertips with Auckland Libraries

Published: 8 April 2020

While our buildings at Auckland Council Libraries are closed temporarily, our services are open and thriving.  

We have around 300,000 eBook, eAudiobook and video titles we can offer you at home and for free. 

Read Aldous Huxley’s classic ‘Brave New World’ and George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ (interesting at the moment) or Jonas Jonasson’s ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project’ (a little lighter). 

They are available to an unlimited number of people at the same time from these two vast collections; one holds classics and the other, a range of quality novels and non-fiction: 

Guaranteed Available: Book Club 2020-2021: Classics Edition 

Guaranteed Available: Book Club 2019-2020 

To access, download the Libby by OverDrive app and you’ll be sorted for all your eBook and eAudiobook needs. You can also browse OverDrive online. 

Or try an eAudiobook at BorrowBox for popular fiction with a good selection of New Zealand and Australian writers. Find out more about eAudiobooks here. 

We have a world of reading, listening and viewing you can access anytime, anywhere, online. Check out what we have to offer; it's all completely free with your library membership. 

Haven't got a library membership?Sign up for an Auckland Libraries eMembership. It takes a couple of easy steps and can be done entirely from home. 

Auckland Libraries online

Streaming films 

Beamafilm has a unique collection of documentaries, indie and foreign movies available to stream 24/7. Or if you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane, check out OverDrive Video for their great selection of classic films. 

RBdigital eMagazines 

RBdigital features over 800 popular eMagazine titles including Esquire, Vogue, GQ, Metro NZ, North & South, and Time Magazine. You can download the app or browse RBdigital online. 


Keep up with all the latest news from around the world with thousands of eNewspapers and eMagazines on PressReader; The Guardian, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, dish, MindFood to name a few. Browse by country, language or title. You can download the app or browse PressReader online. 

New Zealand Geographic TV  

Travel the world without stepping out of your house. Watch award-winning nature documentaries that will take you around Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia and beyond. 

National Geographic Virtual Library 

Enjoy a complete searchable archive of the National Geographic magazine, from the first issue back in 1888 to the present day. 

Auckland Libraries podcast 

Listen to the latest author talks, past event coverage and concerts, and hear in-depth commentary from the curatorial team behind our taonga treasured collections and exhibitions. The Auckland Libraries podcast is now available on Spotify. 

Kura Heritage Collections Online 

Explore Auckland Libraries' heritage collections on Kura Heritage Collections Online, including, photographs, heritage maps, manuscripts, rare books, local history and more.


Need something for the kids?

Looking for something to keep the kids busy while they’re at home? Check out our free resources for children curated by Auckland Council Libraries:     
OverDrive for kids  
Browse and check out eBooks written for tamariki (kids) and rangatahi (teens). There's fiction, non-fiction, homework help and more. Browse online or via the Libby app. For an array of children’s classics, with guaranteed availability, click here. 

OverDrive video for kids 
Learn a language, watch a classic and keep the kids entertained for free with hundreds of films and videos. Browse OverDrive video for kids online.

Enjoy animated talking pukapuka pikitia for young children featuring children’s classics, books in other reo, puzzles, and games. 

World Book Early World of Learning 
Learn from home with videos, games, stories and activities perfect for children during this COVID-19 lockdown or at any other time. 

AnyQuestions offers online assistance with homework or home-schooling. Between 10am - 6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian about your enquiry.

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Learn & Explore - find free courses, e-books and more

Read an eBook, curl up in front of a good film, learn a new skill and learn about Auckland's history with our online services.

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Keeping active is an essential part of looking after our physical and mental wellbeing, and we're sharing ideas on how to keep moving.

Workouts you can do at home

Take some time for yourself and check out one of the at home workouts the Auckland Council Pools and Leisure team has created.

Reach us - Ways to connect with Auckland Council

Our service centres have closed their doors for the duration of the level four COVID-19 lockdown but there are still plenty of ways you can connect with us by phone and online to get things done.

Activities for kids

Occupying the kids during this period of self-isolation is no easy task, but we’re here to help.