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Published: 14 August 2020

Update 31/08/2020

Auckland Council has reopened its facilities in line with Alert Level 2. Click here for more information on accessing council services.

Enjoy streaming films, online courses and browse the latest eCollections and podcasts all from the comfort of home. Read an eBook, learn a new skill, travel around the world (virtually) or simply curl up with an old classic.  
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 only takes a couple of easy steps and can be done entirely from home. 

Learn a new skill online with dedicated learning paths on a huge variety of topics! offers detailed and easy to follow courses, which you can access using your library membership.  
They even have a course specifically to assist you if you're new to working from home, learn more on the blog. 

Streaming films 

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

Libby by OverDrive 

Download the Libby by OverDrive app, and you’ll be sorted for all of your eBook and eAudiobook needs! Browse a huge range of quality New Zealand and international fiction and nonfiction on your favourite device. 
You can also browse OverDrive online. 

RBdigital eMagazines 

RBdigital features over 600 popular eMagazine titles including Esquire, Vogue, GQ, and Time Magazine.  
You can download the app or browse RBdigital online. 


Keep up with all the latest news from around the world with PressReader eNewspapers and eMagazines. 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 the wealth of Auckland Libraries' heritage collections on Kura Heritage Collections Online, including, photographs, heritage maps, manuscripts, rare books, local history and more! 


Parents, caregivers, kids and families

Looking for something to keep the kids busy while they are at home? Check out our dedicated children's resources below. 

OverDrive for kids 

Browse and check out eBooks written specifically for tamariki (kids) and rangatahi (teens). There's fiction, non-fiction, homework help and more. 
Browse online or via the Libby app. 
OverDrive video for kids 

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

Learn from home with videos, games, stories and activities perfect for tamariki during school holidays, after school or as a homework boost. 

AnyQuestions offers online help to assist New Zealand students with their homework or schooling. Between 10am - 6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian about your enquiry. 
Check out our website for our full range of eCollections, heritage collections and online databases

Read more: At Home Libraries


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Huinga Kōrero – Te Reo Māori Conversation Group

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Play #WeGotThisNZ round two 

Get your bubble through this lockdown by checking out the #WeGotThisNZ challenge on the GooseChase app.