Research & History

Whether you need help for that homework or research project, or you want to dig deeper into local or your own history, the links below will help you.

EBSCO Databases

EBSCO provides multidisciplinary databases for students, researchers and general interest use. Visit our EBSCO Databases page to learn more about the broad range of databases available with your library card.


Ancestry is a research database for genealogists and family history enthusiasts. It can help you to trace your family history, with records from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The full version of Ancestry is available on public computers at selected branches - all you need is your library card number and pin. 

*Please note that from 1 January 2022, you will need to visit your library branch to access the Ancestry Library Edition. You will be able to use your own device as long as you are logged onto the Wi-Fi of the library; alternatively you can access Ancestry Library Edition from the on-site computers.

Births Deaths & Marriages allows you to search and order New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM).

Local History

The Queenstown Historical Society collates historical resources from the Wakatipu and beyond, and offers digital access the Queenstown Courier magazine.

The Upper Clutha Historical Records Society preserves the records that make up the history of the Wānaka and Upper Clutha area. These records include photographs, diaries, minute books, station records, maps, newspaper clippings, family histories, Upper Clutha Pioneer Family Register and cemetery records. These are all held in a specially built fireproof room at the Wānaka Library. Records can be accessed by contacting the Society.

The Southern Regional News Index contains 250,000 records dated from 1993 onwards from a number of newspapers and magazines. Other periods have also been indexed, including the 1850s and the 1930s-40s, and relate to Dunedin, Otago and Southland events and people.

Aotearoa New Zealand 

Papers Past provides access to millions of pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers from both the 19th & 20th century.

Te Ara or Encyclopedia of New Zealand is the complete guide to our peoples, environment, history, culture and society.

He Tohu has resources about the documents that shaped our history including The Treaty of Waitangi.

Digital NZ allows you to search 30+ million New Zealand items across 300+ collections.

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

Legislation New Zealand contains New Zealand Acts, Regulations, Bills, and Hansard.