Digital Resources


​​Magazines and Newspapers​

To enjoy unlimited online access to 7,000+ newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in 60 languages  visit our Press Reader page​ or talk to your local library staff.​​

Community Funding

givUS (formerly FundView): givUS is a searchable database giving sources of funding for voluntary organisations and contains 600 different funding schemes. It includes funding from government, local authorities, statutory and philanthropic trusts​, gaming trust and some service organisations. It will give a selection of the sources of funding that best meet your requirements, the terms or criteria, application requirements, closing dates and contact details.   Available only at the libraries or at the Clutha District Council.

More information about the community funding is avail​able here.

​Websites for Readers

Fantastic Fiction: lists more than 200,000 books

Library Thing: is reader to reader and tells you what is popular among its contributors.

What's Next - Books in Series: The What's Next database helps you search series fiction.  A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.


Ancestry Library Edition: this is the Library edition of the very popular genealogical resource,  This database  provides  a  wide and diverse variety of unique content to help users trace their family lineage or help historians access historical records.  Available only at the libraries.

Balclutha Genealogical Society: For assistance in researching your family history in South Otago.

Useful Websites

Free Road Code Mock Theory Tests: get ready for your NZ Road Code theory test by clicking on the link above. (Please note, these tests have not been authorised by the NZ Ministry of Transport). 

INNZ (Index New Zealand): this is an index of NZ magazines and newspapers. You can use INNZ to search for articles on your chosen subject. It will give you the title of the article, author, name of magazine or newspaper, date, issue and a brief abstract. It is not full-text. Most articles will be available on Interloan.

Matapihi:  provides access to the digital collections of some of New Zealand's major cultural organisations. Initially around 50,000 images, sounds and objects are included, covering the arts and culture, places, historic events, the natural environment, people and society in New Zealand.

New Zealand Libraries’ Catalogue: use this catalogue to search for items books, magazines or newspapers held by libraries in New Zealand. You can search by author, title or keywords. This resource will tell you whether a particular item is held in a New Zealand library or not. Many of these items will be available to borrow on Interloan. It also provides a gateway to worldwide resources.

Ngata Dictionary: the H. M. Ngata English-Maori Dictionary is the first dictionary to offer an extensive selection of English to Maori headwords, illustrating their use in sentences and phrases drawn from a wide range of contemporary and traditional contexts. It is a concise English-Maori dictionary, which is explicitly, but not exclusively, based on Ngati Porou and East Coast dialect and idiom.

Niupepa: Maori Newspapers Digital Collection: is an electronic collection of over 17,000 pages taken from 34 separate periodicals. It is based on 'Niupepa 1842-1933', a microfiche collection produced by the Alexander Turnbull Library. 55% of the collection is written solely in Mäori, 43% is bilingual and about 2% is written in English. There were three main types of niupepa published; government sponsored, Mäori initiated, and religious.

The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War: this resource covers all areas of New Zealand's involvement in WWII, from detailed accounts of particular battalions, to the political and economic background and consequences, to full accounts of particular episodes and campaigns. A search facility and separate maps and diagrams are available.

Papers Past: provided by the National Library, Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over 600,000 pages from 30  publications.

Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand: in Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the ​Encyclopaedia​takes you on a journey of discovery. Beginning with the theme of Peoples, it will eventually present a comprehensive guide to New Zealand - its natural environment, history, culture, economics and government.

New Zealand Legislation: this website provides free public access to up-to-date versions of New Zealand acts, bills and legislative instruments.

Study & Homework

Any Questions: is an online help service for children who require assistance with homework.

Page reviewed: 02 Apr 2020 1:40pm