Digital Collections


The Library subscribes to a range of digital collections including eBooks and audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, online tutorials, funding and genealogy databases.

These resources are available free of charge in the Library or you can access them from home 24/7 using your PIN/password (except


Newspapers and Magazines


Online newspapers from around the world, including most New Zealand daily and weekly papers. You will need your library card number and password to access PressReader.



RBDigital Magazines

Digital Magazines are available through the RBdigital platform (previously Zinio for Libraries). Create your account, issue magazines, get notifications when the next issue is available and best of all the magazine is for keeps! There are no return dates and no overdues.



Access retrospective issues of Upper Hutt's longest running community newspaper — The Leader from 1939–1964. The Upper Hutt City Library Community Archive holds paper copies of the Leader from 1965 to the present.



Use EBSCO Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre and Masterfile to source articles, journals and general information from around the world. You need your library card and password to access this from home.


Funding Databases


A database of awards, scholarships and grants for people in New Zealand. You will need to create an account using your email address once you have clicked the links below.



New Zealand’s primary source of funding information for community organisations.



Read books (or listen to audiobooks) on your device whether you’re at home or on the go – never lose your page again, and no overdue fees.


Ebooks and audiobooks are available for loan through OverDrive (Epukapuka). They are best accessed using the Libby app, as well as your internet browser and the library catalogue.




Ebooks are available for loan through Wheelers ePlatform.




Watch your favourite stories read aloud by our best storytellers. Story Box Library offers stories by Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic storytellers.



Go to Log In, select Public Library & Tertiary, select Upper Hutt City Library and enter your library card number.




Over 30,000 titles including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Umbrella Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Under the Milky Way, SND Films and thousands of independent filmmakers, as well as Kanopy Kids and Great Courses. 

Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast.

Kanopy is free for users with a library card. Users can use their library card and password to access 10 films per month by visiting (Kanopy Kids and Great Courses loans have unlimited views).


Genealogy Resources

Ancestry (Library Edition)

The most genealogical information available online, including census, immigration, birth, marriage and death records, stories, publications & photos. Library


Please note: this can only be accessed in the Library



An ideal starting point for finding out about your past. MyHeritage enables you to research over 5 billion historical records from all over the world.



Find Your Family. Discover Yourself. Learn where you came from, and get to know who you are. Create an account and get started on your family tree (can only be used in the library). (online tutorials)

Access to a wide collection of online tutorials that can help you learn software, creative, and business skills. You will need your library card number and password to access