The online resources listed on this page provide Hamilton City Libraries' members with access to training courses, family history records, reading resources, funding opportunities, and local and international magazine, journal and newspaper articles.

Some of these online resources require you to enter your library membership details and/or create an account, while others can only be used at a Hamilton City Libraries' location.

English language

Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS is intended to help those preparing for the International English Language Testing System exam. The programme provides advice, tutorials and practice exercises for all aspects of the exam. It can also be used by those who just want to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

For use inside or outside Hamilton City Libraries’ locations. Users need to create an account at a Hamilton City Libraries’ location before being able to access outside of one. Requires the latest version of one of the following web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge.

Family history

The following databases provide access to collections containing billions of family history related records. Records and resources include birth, marriage, and death records; census and voter lists; immigration and travel records; military records; parish records, cemetery records and more.

Ancestry Library Edition

This version of Ancestry gives you access to records from across the world including, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Use Ancestry Library Edition to access New Zealand electoral rolls to 1981, and New Zealand city directories to 1954.


Findmypast contains family history related records from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

For use at Hamilton City Libraries' locations only.

Maaori Land Court Minute Books Index

The Maaori Land Court Minute Books Index provides and easy access to an index of over 1,100 minute books from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Maaori Land Court Districts. 

Newspaper, magazine and journal articles

The following are for use inside or outside of Hamilton City Libraries' locations. Use outside of Hamilton City Libraries' locations requires your membership details.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

The Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre provides access to newspaper, magazine and academic journal articles from across New Zealand and Australia. Click on the Publications tab to explore the available titles.

MasterFILE Premier

This database is useful for when you need reliable and trustworthy information on international subjects. It includes, biographies; country reports; reference books; primary source documents; and the full-text of articles from magazines, academic journals, and newspapers. It also includes an extensive image collection which contains photographs as well as images of maps and flags.


PressReader gives you up-to-date access to digital versions of thousands of the world's most popular newspapers and magazines. New Zealand titles include The Waikato Times, the New Zealand Herald, the New Zealand Listener, North & South, NZ Rugby World, and Dish magazine. International titles include The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vogue and Esquire. There are titles in over 60 different languages including Hindi, Tagalog, French, Afrikaans, and Spanish.

Online learning

This online library provides access to hundreds of personal and professional development courses in the business, software, technology and creative sectors. Courses are video based, taught by industry experts, and include beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

For use inside or outside Hamilton City Libraries. Use your library membership card number and PIN to access.

Reading resources

Use of these resources outside of Hamilton City Libraries' locations requires your membership details.

NoveList Plus 

If you're not sure what to read next, try NoveList Plus. This database provides reading and listening recommendations for all ages. Browse by genre, themes, character type, pace and much more. 

Tumble Book Library 

The Tumble Book Library is an online collection of animated books. It is aimed at young learners, to intermediate school level, but is also useful for those learning English, Spanish and French. Listen, read-along or read independently. In addition to picture books and chapter books there are graphic novels, non-fiction books and books that introduce maths and money-related concepts.

Scholarships and grants

The following Generosity New Zealand resources provide access to over 5000 funding opportunities including grants, awards and scholarships.

givME is for individuals, students and professionals.

givUS is for community groups and volunteer organisations.

For use inside or outside of Hamilton City Libraries’ locations. Users need to create an account.