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Learn from home with Auckland Libraries

Published: 14 August 2020

Clear the kitchen table and get out the devices – keep kids motivated with online resources that help them succeed with their schoolwork while schools are closed. 
Your Auckland Libraries membership gives you full access – just log in with your library card and password or PIN, and jump right in. 

No library card? No worries! Sign up for an eMembership for full access to our eResources, all from the comfort of your own home. 

Librarians online   

Let librarians lend a helping hand with kids’ assignments. 


Safe and friendly online help for New Zealand students from Year 1 - Year 13. Between 1pm - 6pm weekdays, kids can log on and chat with a real librarian for help with curly questions across all subjects.


Available anytime with NZ Curriculum-based topic guides that help kids find the information for themselves. 

Digital safe spaces  

Auckland Libraries databases for kids and teens mean you can rest easy – with no ads, up-to-date information and secure sites, they can study safely while you get on with your day. 
Try this selection for starters: 
World Book Kids 

Easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as engaging games, science projects and activities. 
Gale in context: Opposing viewpoints 

Information on today's hottest social issues, from terrorism to endangered species, stem cell research to gun control. 
Gale in context: High school 

Information on a wide range of subject areas, including major subject areas such as history, literature, science and social studies. 
Gale in context: Middle school 

A one-stop resource for intermediate school students, covering a wide range of subjects. 
CultureGrams Online  

Information about the daily life and culture, background, customs, and lifestyles of over 200 countries of the world. 

Get interactive 

World Book Timelines

History is happening right now – how about writing a lockdown diary with a difference? World Book Timelines lets kids create their own timelines, adding events, descriptions and images, and share them with teachers and friends via Google Classroom.

Got a budding entrepreneur, music producer or graphic designer at your place? With Auckland Libraries’ membership giving free access to thousands of video tutorials, teens can choose from a range of learning paths or build their own journey to success. 

Read, listen and learn 

OverDrive for Kids and Teens

OverDrive’s huge collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks gives kids plenty of reading material and writing inspiration!  Download the Libby app to filter by age, subject and whether your kids prefer to read or listen. Try both with OverDrive for Kids’ read-along collection. 
TumbleBooks and TumbleBooks Junior  

Read-along picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and eAudiobooks for children and young teens. Especially helpful for those who need a little extra help with reading and processing language. 
World Book Discover  

Developed for high-school and older students with learning difficulties or with English as a second language, this database includes audio and video content plus tools developed with these students’ needs in mind. 

Give your young children a fun but factual head-start on understanding mathematical concepts with the books in this math eBook database. These books are great for young kids from kindergarten age to Year 6. 

Practicing reading is the best way to get really good at it. This database of eBooks covers classic fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and more and is perfect for teens increasing their skill and vocabulary all the way from Year 7 to Year 13. Titles range from classical novels and theatre to contemporary teen fiction. 

This is an eAudiobook database for kids and adults. Great reads include classic series like The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables and Guardians of Ga'hoole. 

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