eBooks & eAudiobooks
Southland District Library membership gives you completely free access to a range of online services, including eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults and children. eBooks allow you to change the text size to suit your eyesight, and are the perfect way to keep up with your reading on the go. eAudiobooks allow you to listen to your books wherever you are, and are a great addition to any commute.
eBooks & eAudiobooks can be accessed through our catalogue (external link) or you can download them directly to your mobile device via the Libby and BorrowBox apps. All you need to get started is your library card and an internet connection.
Libby by Overdive
If you’re new to eBooks and eAudiobooks, Libby by Overdrive is a great place to start. It’s easy to use, and is home to our largest collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Click on a link below to get your Overdrive App!
From picture books to the latest thrillers, get your eBooks and eAudiobooks on the go with this great service. If you are after New Zealand or Australian fiction, Bolinda BorrowBox is the first place to look.
Click on a link below to get your BorrowBox App!
Story Box Library
For children we have access to a fantastic online resource called Story Box Library which has hundreds of children’s stories read by some well-known personalities, including many of the authors themselves.
A personal favourite is “Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas” read by Aaron Blabey.
To use Story Box Library all you have to do is:
- Visit their site at https://storyboxlibrary.com.au/ (external link)
- click “LOG IN” at the top right of the page
- click on the “Click here for library barcode login”
- choose “Southland District Council” from the Library drop down
- type your library card number into the “Public Library Card Number” field
- click “LOG IN”.
eMagazines & eNewspapers
Southland District Library membership gives you completely free access to a range of online services, including an enormous range of national and international eMagazines and eNewspapers. All you’ll need to get started are your library card and an internet connection.
Press Reader (external link) delivers an endless stream of top news stories right to your screen. With access to thousands of publications from over 100 countries, PressReader boasts unlimited access to more newspapers, magazines and other digital content than any other platform. Browse online through our library catalogue https://ezsouthland.kotui.org.nz/login?url=https://www.pressreader.com (external link) or get the app to use PressReader on your mobile device.
Databases & online tutorials
Southland District Library membership gives you completely free access to a range of online services, including a collection of databases and online tutorials. All you’ll need to get started are your library card and an internet connection.
The ComputerSchool is an online computer and technology-based training centre. It provides one of the largest, most diverse, and most user-friendly technology training directories available. The engaging and detailed tutorials cover virtually all of today’s most commonly used computer programs, apps and devices. Simply select the modules or programs you are most interested in learning about and start exploring.
Who Else Writes Like…?:
Who Else Writes Like…? is a fantastic online resource designed to introduce adult readers to novelists whose work is unfamiliar to them. It helps answer the perennial question “I’ve read all the books by this author, who else writes like that?”
If you are aware of family, neighbours or friends who do not currently have internet access and meet the eligibility guidelines below, then get in touch and we can help to get them connected to a great affordable internet plan through Skinny Jump.
Sign up to the Skinny Jump service by either:
- Contacting your local library on 0800 732 542
- Self-registering through www.steppingup.nz (external link)
A contract-free Skinny Jump connection starts at $5 for 35GB, and caps at 6 top-ups per calendar month. We can also arrange for a modem to be delivered to your home.
- Families with children in low socio-economic communities
- People living in rural communities
- People with disabilities
- Migrants and refugees with English as a second language
- Māori and Pasifika youth
- Offenders and ex-offenders