Searching the online digital resources in these databases gives access to thousands of full text articles and media from journals and resources all over the world.
To search our online resources you will need to know your library card number and your PIN/password in order to be able to view full text resources. These can be saved, sent or cited.
Please note - the Ancestry database is for use in our libraries only.
- givME & givUS
Online search tools for funding - givMe is for finding scholarships and grants for individuals for study, sports/arts activities, research, personal and professional development. givUS is for finding funds for community groups and voluntary organisations from a range of government, councils, service organisations, and statutory, philanthropic, and gaming trusts. Please note, even though you will have already signed in with your library card details, you will also be required to sign up to the database when you first visit this page to be given access to these search tools.
Search census, birth, death and marriage records from a wide range of sources. Free to use in libraries only.
- Health Navigator New Zealand
A health website which offers everyday New Zealanders a reliable and trustworthy source of health information and self-care resources quickly. Access is available to evidence-based online tools, resources, self-help programmes and support groups, along with improved accessibility and availability of health information for specific groups such as Maori and Pacific people and resources in different languages. Considered a trusted source of health information and a practical tool for both health professionals and consumers within New Zealand, it is supported by the majority of the District Health Boards (DHBs) and is independent of any drug company sponsorship, involvement, or resources. All content is checked by medical experts.
A health information website for the general public, funded by the Canterbury and South Canterbury DHBs. There is a mix of health information, including factsheets on different topics and descriptions of local health services and supports. There are also links to recommended websites for further reading and research. The information has been written and approved by Canterbury doctors, practice nurses, hospital clinicians, and other healthcare professionals. The South Canterbury DHB has also updated the information to make it specific to South Canterbury.
- Healthy Food Guide
Healthy Food Guide is a digital resource that is packed with thousands of healthy recipes, practical articles, expert advice and tips to help you make healthier choices on what to buy, cook and eat. It contains archived and current content and is the largest food and nutrition resource for all New Zealanders.
- Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies for over 40,000 authors. You can search for an author by surname, or search for books and series. Follow your favourite authors for new and upcoming books.
- Short-Edition Short Stories
One, three, five-minute or classic short stories are available to read free of charge with no need to sign in. Short Édition offers free access to short literature: poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. Many of these short stories also feature on the Timaru District Libraries' Short Story Dispenser - have you seen it yet?
- Haynes Manuals AllAccess
Access over 600 online manuals, covering car and motorcycle maintenance and repairs.
Haynes Manuals AllAccess is a library of manuals covering a range of makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance and servicing procedures.
- National Library of New Zealand
Search this database to find out what items are held in our National Library. Most of these items will be available to borrow on Inter-Library loan. You will find Index New Zealand here too, where you can search for articles on a specific subject from NZ magazines and newspapers. It will give you the article title, author, name of magazine or newspaper, date, issue and a brief abstract. It is not full-text. Most articles will be available on Inter-Library loan.
- Te Puna Search - New Zealand National Bibliography
You can use the Te Puna Database to search for items by author, title or keywords. This database will tell you whether a particular item is held in a New Zealand library. Most of these items will be available to borrow on Inter-Library loan.
PressReader allows you same-day access to more than 5000 newspapers and magazines from New Zealand and around the world. Browse full-page replicas in their traditional format and layout, including complete editorial content, graphics and advertising. New Zealand newspapers include The Press, The Dominion Post and The New Zealand Herald, and many smaller, regional publications.
- Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre
Combines Australasian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to libraries in Oceania. This database includes leading Australia/NZ periodicals and international periodicals in full text; full text reference books; over 80,000 full text biographies and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps and flags.
- Kā Huru Manu
Kā Huru Manu is a Ngāi Tahu Atlas of over 1,000 Māori place names, kā ara tawhito (traditional travel routes), and original Māori land allocations in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā (region).
You can search any New Zealand postal address, Ngāi Tahu place name, land allocation or delve into the inter-generational network of traditional Māori travel routes. You can read about those members of the Ngāi Tahu whānau who shared their knowledge to help create this Atlas.
- Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery of New Zealand.
It contains snapshots of the nation, including history, natural environment, government and culture.
- Find New Zealand Articles
Search indexes to a range of New Zealand newspapers and journals. It is not full-text. Most articles will be available on Inter-Library loan.
Your online librarian can link you with the right resources to help you find the answers you need for your school work. Homework help available from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm weekdays, February to November.