eBooks & Audiobooks

Borrow for free from one of our eBook platforms to read or listen on your own device. All you’ll need is your library membership ID, and download the supporting app.

Find out more in our FAQ or ask us for help getting started.

Bolinda Borrowbox

New Zealand, Australian and International eBooks and eAudio fresh to you from Bolinda Borrowbox. Use on PC with Adobe Digital Editions, or download the Borrowbox app from the usual locations. Compatible with most eReaders for eBooks (except Kindle) and MP3 players for eAudio. Reserve and renew from My Account or in the app.

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South Island Downloadable Zone

The South Island Downloadable Zone from Overdrive loans eBooks and audiobooks via your membership ID and PIN to either your desktop or your device (not available on Kindle).

Check the Overdrive help page for troubleshooting and extensive guides.

Look for the Libby app from your preferred app provider and get started to see what titles are available, or place holds on ones that aren’t.

Libby help is available here

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The terrific team at TumbleBooks have given our libraries free access to their eBooks and eAudiobooks collections until August 31st 2020. They cater for all ages, with offerings for children, teens and adults.

You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads.


An eBook database for pre- and primary school aged children.

A collection of animated, talking picture books. These are created by adding animation, sounds, music and narration to existing picture books - producing an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. You can choose to use the site in English, French or Spanish.


A mathematics eBook database for pre- and primary school aged children.

A comprehensive collection of online maths story and picture books that include full narration and animation and cover all the maths categories.


An eBook database for teens (Year 7-13).

 A curated collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks (including drama and poetry - Hey Shakespeare!), Graphic Novels, National Geographic videos, educator resources and eAudiobooks. Many titles feature adjustable online text. A selection of enhanced eBooks pair professional narration with line by line highlighting  - great for reluctant readers and developing language skills for ESOL students.


An eAudiobook database for all ages.

An assortment of adult fiction and non-fiction titles, YA picks and choices for children. Includes a selection in Spanish.