Online Databases

Southland District Libraries offer free access to a selection of online databases. Within these you can search across thousands of articles on a range of topics, browse online magazines and newspapers.

By following the links to the databases on this page you agree that:

These databases are protected by copyright. They are provided by Southland District Libraries for use by individuals who are Southland District Library staff and patrons for the purposes of personal use or for research in a corporate, business, academic or government setting. By accessing these databases you agree to these terms and conditions of usage. Your continued access to and usage of these databases indicates your agreement to abide by these terms and conditions.

To access these databases, you need to be a member of the Southland District Libraries.  When you click a link below, it will ask you for your barcode number – this can be found on the back of your membership card.

Click on the name you want from the following list and it will take you to the appropriate page:


Health and Wellness Resource Centre (external link)

 Health & Wellness Resource Center from Gale is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and related information. The Health & Wellness Resource Center features a fully updated, intuitive interface—providing multiple pathways to key information. Its browser-style format lets you read the latest news, review a set of subject areas, select a particular resource, or search across the entire database
Tumblebooks (external link)    

Free e-books for children

Pressreader (external link)

Immediate access to over 6000 titles from 100+ countries in 60 languages, on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.  Free access to a full daily copy of The Southland Times and Otago Daily Times.

World Book Online (external link)

Founded in 1915, World Book, Inc. is a leading publisher of authoritative, age-appropriate, and reliable educational materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, IL, World Book is committed to creating print and digital educational products that meet the highest editorial standards and ignite and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

World Book Kids
World Book Student
World Book Advanced
World Book Discover
Activity Corner
Early Wold of Learning
World Book Timelines
World Book Mobile

The Computer School (external link)

Access thousands of 'how to' tutorials for free from home, or your library, using your Southland District Library card.  Free certificate courses available.
Borrowbox (external link)


 Free e-Books and e-Audiobooks   
givUS (external link)

A powerful search tool that narrows the full givUS collection down to a shortlist of possible funding opportunities for you.

givME (external link) This database shows 4,674 Awards, Scholarships or Grants available for individuals