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Discover a world of language resources

We can help you learn another language or improve the language skills you already have. Maybe you want to read a book, magazine or newspaper in a language other than English? We can help.

World Languages

Read books, newspapers and magazines in languages from all over the world.

We have online resources as well as titles to borrow and take home. For a full list of languages available see our World Languages Collections page.

World languages eResources

PressReader: Newspapers from around the world

Use your library to access online newspapers and magazines in 60 different languages including Chinese, French, German, Arabic and more.

Enjoy world cinema with Kanopy

Watch films in 40 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Russian, Arabic and Japanese online with Kanopy.

Read in your language with OverDrive

OverDrive has eBooks in a range of languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Italian.

Dragonsource - Chinese eMagazines

300种在线中文期刊, 支持简体和繁体, 提供原貌版, 文本版和语音版阅读!

World Languages Collection

Including Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Rarotongan and more...

eMagazines from around the world

Learning English

Borrow English language courses, grammar titles, or books in simple English to help you learn or access online resources focused on improving your English skills.

Learning English eResources

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that can help you learn the most popular languages in the world.

Road to IELTS: Academic

Self-study preparation course to help you prepare for the globally recognised IELTS exam. Tests English proficiency at an academic level.

Road to IELTS: General

Self-study preparation course to help you prepare for the globally recognised IELTS exam. Tests English proficiency at a general level.

Clear Pronunciation

Learn to speak English clearly, with this course in two stages, sounds and speech.

In the catalogue: Learning English


Free Online ESOL Resources

Keep studying ESOL without walking into a classroom, library or shop – without even leaving home!

English for Health Professionals

An English course to assist overseas trained medical professionals to meet the language proficiency levels required for registration in NZ.

IELTS Online resources

Here are eResources and trusted websites about IELTS preparation tests you can access from home.

ESOL conversation and book groups

Selected libraries
Meet and talk with other English learners at the library

Learning Te Reo Māori

Read books in te reo Māori, borrow language courses, dictionaries, phrase books and more.

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week at the library or find recommended resources to help you improve your te reo Māori skills.


Learning te reo Māori

Explore library resources to help with learning and improving your te reo Māori.

Beginners kete to learning basic Māori

Download and print our foldable wallet card resource that was created to help beginners learn some basic te reo Māori words and greetings.

Te reo Māori reading for adults

Recreational reading in te reo Māori for more advanced or older readers - fiction, poetry, traditional stories, essays, biography & history.

Te Reo Māori learning titles

New Zealand Sign Language

The New Zealand Sign Language Collection

A sign language reference collection including accounts of the deaf experience.
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