Digital Library Tiki Tour

The Digital Library is a branch of our network, it’s open 24 hours and 7 days. You can visit it from a physical library, or from home, or anywhere you are. This Tiki Tour takes a trip around our online offerings.

City of Christchurch, central area, 1978, CCLMaps 221674
City of Christchurch, central area, 1978, CCLMaps 221674

Finding your way around

Our homepage is structured like this:

Top navigation includes a search box, Hours and Location info, your login, and content sorted into About, Explore, eResources, What’s on and Learning.

Explore pages let you browse new stuff and relevant blog posts and info — see the popular Kids Explore menu for an example.

The main homepage is made up of content cards sorted into channels. These are moveable, so the homepage doesn’t always look the same. The library’s main event has the prime “hero” spot. There is a feed of the latest blog posts, and the events calendar.

Channels pull together content cards on a topic. See our Recommended channel.

The footer links to important info and contact details.

Dip into eResources

Your library card and password/PIN give you access to eResources. Try:

PressReader is a large digital newspaper and magazine library. Full-page replicas of current print editions, including editorial content, graphics and advertising.

OverDrive is a free eBook and eAudiobook collection.

Zinio for Libraries has hundreds of digital magazines including many popular New Zealand titles on wide range of subjects.

Here’s a peek at my shelf of Zinio eMags.

Make connections in your community

Explore local content

We have a strong focus on Christchurch heritage. Have a look at the following resources:

Discover more digitised resources.

Pin Group, 25 Cents, VolksWagens, CCL-Ephemera-Music-Rock-1980s-Poster0002
Pin Group, 25 Cents, VolksWagens, CCL-Ephemera-Music-Rock-1980s-Poster0002

Find out about services

Keep up–to–date

uncover - huraina
uncover – huraina

Play in the catalogue

Search our catalogue to find books, images, music, magazines, DVDs and more. Use a catalogue app on your mobile.

You can make booklists, rate books, write reviews, and share your opinions on our social catalogue.

Library blog posts can connect into the catalogue, and we can also link events so if you are searching for a book by Clementine Ford, you’ll see that she’s here in Christchurch in September.

Recommended

Staff Pickles is a team of librarians that aim to bring you recommendations with flavour. The Pickles share booklists, book reviews, and blog posts – all about the books, movies, TV, and music they love, and you can ask them for reading recommendations.

Here’s me and my latest recommendations and faves:

Connect with social media

Need more help?

For more help, contact our helpful librarians.

NDF 2013 – keynote talks now on YouTube

The four keynote papers from last year’s National Digital forum can now be found on YouTube. They are:

All are well worth a look and last around 50 minutes.

A Tiki Tour of our Digital Library

Tikitour

This Tiki Tour takes a trip around our online offerings.
Find information about our collections and services, and unique Canterbury content.

What you can find in the Digital Library

We have books in our physical libraries – but also audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines, material in other languages, and more in our collections.

Online, our home page links you to:

Dip into The Source

Your library card and PIN give you access to online resources in The Source. Try:

Cover of The Press from Press Display

Press Display is a large digital newspaper library. Full-page replicas of current print editions, including editorial content, graphics and advertising. Up to ninety days back issues.

Freegal is a service that lets you legally download and keep music MP3s and music videos MP4s from the Sony Music catalogue. Download up to three songs per week or one music video and one song.

OverDrive is a free e-book and audiobook collection. Find out more about our e-books.

Make connections in your community

Uncover local content

Map of the colony of New Zealand from official documents. 1844
Map of the colony of New Zealand from official documents. 1844

We have a strong focus on Christchurch heritage. Have a look at the following resources:

Discover more digitised resources.

Photo of Bird's eye poster
Birds eye view poster from our 1980s Christchurch Rock Music poster collection.

Explore our services

Keep up–to–date

Play in the catalogue

Cover of I only want you love me
“The cover gives you a clue – this is lusciously colourful photography …It oozes with 80s-esque style and glamour.”

Search our catalogue to find books, images, music, magazines, DVDs and more. Use a catalogue app on your mobile.

You can make booklists, rate books, write reviews, and share your opinions on our social catalogue.

Connect with social media

Need more help?

For more help, contact our helpful librarians.