eBooks & eResources

Don’t fancy a bulky book or worrying about late fees? 

No matter your location, age or interests, discover the joy and convenience of eBooks and eAudiobooks, electronic newspapers, articles and digital magazines with Manawatu District Libraries and it’s all FREE!

The beauty of all the apps, is once you’ve downloaded your choice of eResourse you can read at your leisure anywhere as you no longer need the internet, and there are no hold or overdue fees. You don’t even have to return it, it just disappears once your time is up.

Start choosing today!

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Read or listen across multiple devices seamlessly. It’s really this easy.


Manawatu District Libraries is proud to announce we are the first in New Zealand to have CloudLibrary. The new smart eBook and eAudiobook service is awaiting your fingertips: CloudLibrary. Your Manawatu District Libraries card gives you access to hundreds of eBooks and thousands of eAudiobooks, borrow and start reading today! 


If you haven’t already, discover Libby. Here you’ll find access to thousands more eBook and eAudiobook titles.

Electronic Comic Books / Graphic Novels

Our comic book / graphic novel collection is extended online and on your smart devices. 

To get started sign up for an account click here RBdigital  then download the RBdigital App from your app store onto your device. Once installed open the app and select New Zealand from the drop down box and enter your username or email then your password to view a select collection of comic books / graphic novels that have been handpicked for your borrowing pleasure. 

Electronic newspapers, articles and digital magazines

Our Magazine collection is extended online and on your smart devices. 


If you haven’t already, discover PressReader. Here you’ll find access to complete copies of most New Zealand newspapers, thousands of magazines, and newspapers from around the world including many in other languages.

General Databases

New Zealand libraries have banded together to buy access to a collection of  e-resources. These resources offer easy access to thousands of high quality electronic publications, including New Zealand and international full-text journals and magazines, photographs and graphics.

You can search most of them by clicking on the eResources tab when you search our catalogue, or just search an individual database from the list below.

Please note, outside the library, you will need your library card and PIN number to gain access.

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection

This Collection is a landmark digital resource from Bridget Williams Books (BWB), an award-winning New Zealand publisher. Click here to view the collection.

Ancestry Library Edition - in library only

ProQuest has partnered with Ancestry.com to create Ancestry Library edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.

Free to use New Zealand Databases

 Dictionary of New Zealand Biography contains biographies of New Zealanders, who are no longer alive, who have played a part in New Zealand's history and development.

 Digital New Zealand: Uncover amazing aerial photos, posters, newspapers, artwork, research papers and more.  Use DigitalNZ to discover millions of NZ items from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities and government.

 findNZarticles contains indexes to New Zealand content in a wide range of sources.

 Index New Zealand contains abstracts of articles from New Zealand magazines and newspapers.

Papers Past searches digitised regional and national newspapers dating from 1850 to 1945.

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is building a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

In Maori Te Ara means 'the pathway'.  Through interlinking text and image trails, the encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery.

 National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga O Aotearoa helps you to access and use the collective knowledge of the nation.