Beat the lockdown boredom with Puke Ariki's digital library

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NPDC’s Puke Ariki and community libraries may be shut because of the Covid-19 lockdown but Taranaki residents can still get access to great content online.

The Puke Ariki digital library gives users free access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, newspapers and magazines and loads of content for kids.

There’s a huge range of resources residents can use from keeping up to date with Covid-19 news across the world via PressReader to accessing more than 30,000 films and programmes for all ages through Kanopy and all content is available 24/7.

Libraries Manager Dyane Hosler says signing up for the digital library is quick and easy and gives everyone in Taranaki access to fantastic content to educate and entertain.

“Libraries are the heart of our communities and that doesn’t change just because our facilities aren’t open, we’re here to help people get through lock down with access to online resources that are suitable for all ages,” says Hosler. 
“Membership lasts for 12 months and you’ll get instant access once you’ve signed up. We’re also reviewing what other content we can provide for people so watch this space.”

How to sign up:

  • Head to the Puke Ariki website and select ‘Digital Only Membership’ when filling out the online form here
  • Take note of your temporary membership number and PIN as you will need this to sign-in to our online resources.
  • If you already have an account but need to reset your pin, please contact us on 06 759 6060 or fill in our online form.

What you get access to:

  • Ancestry (available for use at home during COVID-19 closures) access the world's largest family history resource. Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story.
  • BorrowBox brings a wide range of eBooks and eAudiobooks from Bolinda to your tablet, smartphone, PC and ereaders.
  • Libby and OverDrive let you access a huge selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from ePukapuka. 
  • Story Box Library gives access to stories being read by storytellers.
  • Tumble Book Library has a great selection of children's story books. There are also puzzles and games accompanying each book, creating a fun learning experience.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica lets you explore thousands of articles, biographies, videos, and images.
  • PressReader gives people access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world.
  • New Zealand Geographic celebrates our people, places, wildlife and environment. 
  • Newsbank has the complete full-text content of local, regional, and national newspapers from New Zealand. 
  • Kanopy has more than 30,000 films and programmes and unlimited kids content.
  • BeamaFilm is a curated streaming collection of more than 500 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites.