Download and read. Whatever your age group or interest we have eBooks for you.

Use your library card to borrow eBooks for adults, kids and young adults. Downloadable or read online, there is a collection of bestsellers, romance, mysteries, thrillers, biographies, and more even a great collection of New Zealand titles.


Big Library Read - Twilight Territory by Andrew X. Pham

Twilight Territory is available with no waitlists or holds from Libby from 11 to 25 July 2024. Borrow the eBook or eAudiobook.

WORD Christchurch Festival 2024: 27 August to 1 September

Find out what our picks of the 2024 festival are and find works by WORD-attending writers in our collection. Book your tickets now!

Astronomy & Space

Find out more about outer space and astronomy with our library resources and selected websites.

eBooks FAQs

  • No.

    The Kindle eReader does not support eBooks from either OverDrive (including the Libby app) or Wheelers.

    However the Kindle Fire tablet is compatible with our eBook platforms using an eReader app.

  • You can borrow, read and listen to OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from the catalogue.

    There is no longer an option to download OverDrive titles from catalogue.

    The easiest way to download OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks for offline use is in OverDrive's Libby app on your mobile device.

    Download the Libby app

     You can still download OverDrive ebooks to your Windows or Mac computer for offline use, or transfer to an eReader in

  • You can borrow eBooks or downloadable eAudiobooks while overseas using OverDrive as long as your library card privileges (your contact details) are up to date.

    You cannot due to licensing restrictions borrow an eBook from Wheelers if you are overseas. You can though continue to read any eBooks that you have downloaded before you have left.

  • There are currently no Linux-based eBook reader software options compatible with Adobe DRM files. However you can use Wine to run the Windows version of ADE.

    The easiest way to access eBook if you are using Linux is to read it in your browser.


  • Selection criteria for eBooks

    Selection is is based on the following criteria.

    • General guidelines contained in the libraries’ content development policy.
    • Focus is on content, rather than format. We include a mixture of ePub and PDF formats. Currently there is more choice available in ePub format.
    • Emphasis is on popular fiction for adults, young adults and children, with the highest percentage being adult;
    • We are unable to access as much British or New Zealand content as we would like. We are limited to what is available in Australasia. Each title produced as an eBook is restricted by licensing agreements so many titles available in the US are not available in New Zealand.
    • Numbers of copies available to the Australasian market are also limited.
    • Some New Zealand authors are available.
    • We may purchase some titles electronically which are not held in hard copy.
    • In order to offer the widest range of titles in our collection, we purchase only one copy per title. This is reviewed from time to time.
    • New titles are added regularly.
    • We review what is on offer regularly and buy based on trends, reading patterns and budget available.


Young Adult eBooks

Kids eBooks

Reference eBook Collections

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