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eLibrary

As a Port Stephens Library member, you can also access our large eLibrary collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, news, music, movies and more. If you're not already a member, you can join online today.

Download the library app

Renew your items, view your digital loans, search the catalogue, place holds, view our eLibrary and more with the Newcastle Libraries app.

Download the Android app or the iOS (Apple) app.


Read

Find the latest and greatest reads at your fingertips, keep up with current affairs and flick through new magazines now! There's something for all ages.

Download free eBooks using your library card number and PIN direct to your tablet, eReader, smartphone or computer:

  • RBdigital — multi-use eBooks, no waiting, no holds! Great for book clubs or anyone who wants to read the latest bestseller without the wait. Download the RBdigital app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Bolinda — Australian and International best selling authors, plus a range of popular eBooks for young adults and kids. Download the BorrowBox app on your mobile device or Adobe Digital Editions to read eBooks on your computer or eReader.
  • cloudLibrary — Access your app through the cloudLibrary page, log into Newcastle Region Library on the app with your library card number, then browse and check out your selected titles.
  • Axis360 — titles for kids, teens and adults. Discover memoirs, language guides, self-help and other titles in the non-fiction range. Download the Axis 360 iOS or Android app to browse.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library — a collection of non-fiction and specialised reference eBooks across a range of subject areas including the arts, biographies, history, literature, travel and more. Read online or download as a pdf. Login using your library card number.
  • Infobase — a collection of non-fiction eBooks on scientific subjects as well as literary criticism and biographies of prominent conservationists. Read online or download as a pdf. Login using your library card number.
  • Proquest — hundreds of Australian and international history and fiction titles, cookbooks, business titles, student guides and eBooks for job seekers. Click 'Request' to suggest a title to purchase. Install the Bluefire Reader app to download eBooks or read online.

Browse, read and download current and popular magazines from our digital magazine collections for adults:

  • Choice Magazine — includes tests, reviews, and articles on consumer products and services from Australia's leading consumer advocacy group. Can only be accessed within our library branches.
  • Good Reading — a light, fun magazine for people who love to read.
  • Hobbies and Craft Resource Center — search for 'how to' advice, patterns and creative ideas from craft and special interest books.
  • PressReader — read local and international news and magazines. Sign in using your library card number and PIN for 30 days access.
  • RBdigital Magazines — get unlimited access to hundreds of popular magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Gourmet Traveller, Wheels and more. Download and read the issues on your smartphone or tablet with the RBdigital app from the Play Store or App Store. To register go to RBdigital Magazines, and enter your Library card number, an email address and create a password.

For children and young adults:

Browse, read and download informative and popular articles from our digital news collections.

  • Australian and New Zealand newspapers are accessible through our Proquest Database combining content from Fairfax Australia and Fairfax New Zealand, News Limited, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and APP newswires. Search by keyword or browse by publication. Log in using your library card number.
  • Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre: Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre is a collection of full-text regional and international newspapers and journals, as well as reference books, biographies and images. Search by keyword or browse by publication. Log in using your library card number.
  • PressReader: Read newspapers and magazines from Australia and around the world. Log in using your library card number and PIN. You can also view PressReader content in our libraries using the free WiFi and download single issues using the PressReader app. Step-by-step instructions for downloading the app are provided here.

Listen and watch

Access our range of eAudiobooks for children, teens and adults. You can also now stream and download music for free with your library card.

Don't have time to read? Our Collection of eAudiobooks allow you to listen to a story while you are driving, doing the housework or relaxing:

  • RBdigital — explore a wide variety of titles using RBdigital Audiobooks. Download the RBdigital app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Bolinda — discover a diverse range titles for kids, teens and adults including well known fiction authors and non-fiction titles. Use the BorrowBox app to download and listen to eAudiobooks on your mobile device. To use an MP3 player, eReader or PC, use software compatible with MP3 files on your PC such as Windows Media Player, to transfer and play the eAudiobook files.
  • cloudLibrary — explore titles for all ages and interests. Access your app through the cloudLibrary page, log into Newcastle Region Library on the app with your library card number, then browse and check out your selected titles.
  • Axis360 — enjoy this dynamic collection with titles for kids, teens and adults. Use the Axis 360 iOS or Android app to browse, download and listen to eAudiobooks on your mobile device. Axis 360 is only compatible with devices that can download the Axis 360 app.
  • Story Box Library — Access the wonderful world of Australian children's literature through film. Providing a vibrant, interactive experience through a range of everyday and extraordinary storytellers. Story Box Library is compatible with mobile devices.

Who needs Netflix when you have access to free films online?

  • Beamafilm — our new movie streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. A unique collection of over 800 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you.

    Simply register with your library card number to enjoy unlimited access to the collection. Download the beamafilm app for Android or iOS and start streaming free films on your device today!
  • Kanopy — watch over 26,000 films on Kanopy, including favourites from Australia and New Zealand, classics from The Critertion Collection or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers.

    Kanopy can be enjoyed on Apple TV, Chromecast, Airplay, your computer, or is available as an app on iOS and Android mobile devices.

    Each user has 12 'credits' per month. Each movie uses 1 credit. Once you press play on a film, you have 3 days to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit. First time users can visit Kanopy to register. You will need your library membership number and a valid email address.
  • medici.tv — take a deep dive into the best of the international classical music scene. Showcasing composers, operas, and ballets, as well as music documentaries, workshops, a blog, and playlists for children. Check out the event calendar to find live events streamed from the world’s most prestigious concert halls, opera houses, and festivals.

If you've given away your CDs, don't worry. It's easy to stream music for free with our online services:

  • Freegal music — access over 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalogue of legendary musicians, today’s top artists, a retrospective collection, as well as music from around the world for free.

    Log in with your library card number to stream unlimited music each day, download 3 songs per week, and create and share your own playlists. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. 

    Download the Freegal App for your Apple device or if you have an Android phone or tablet download the Freegal App from Google Play. While many Android devices successfully run the Freegal Music App, not all Android devices are compatible.
  • medici.tv — take a deep dive into the best of the international classical music scene. Showcasing composers, operas, and ballets, as well as music documentaries, workshops, a blog, and playlists for children. Check out the event calendar to find live events streamed from the world’s most prestigious concert halls, opera houses, and festivals.

Search

Whether it is answering an assignment question, learning another language or simply satisfying your curiosity, access our vast range of quality online resources to find the information you need — just login using your library card number.

  • Ancient and Medieval History Online — including Africa, Asia, Europe, Egypt, the Near East, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, the Americas and the Islamic World. Comprehensive articles as well as slideshows and videos, biographies, primary sources, and maps and graphs.
  • Carter's Price Guide to Antiques — provides the prices of antiques and collectables and information about the field.
  • Culinary Arts Collection — access over 5 million articles from major cooking and nutrition magazines.
  • Fine Arts and Music Collection — a collection of over 10 million articles relating to drama, music, art history and filmmaking. Includes the Wilson Art Index and the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale index.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library — a collection of eBooks across a range of topics including art, music, literature, religion, dance and film.
  • General OneFile — a collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and video that support History research and exploration.
  • History Reference Center — this database features thousands of books and journals, including Australian Historical Studies, Ancient Egypt Magazine and Aviation History.
  • Hobbies and Craft Reference Center — search for 'how to' advice, patterns and creative ideas from craft and special interest books and magazines. Knitting, quilting, cooking and modelling titles included.
  • Literary Reference Center Plus — in depth analysis, reviews and plot summaries of fiction for students and serious readers.
  • Novelist Plus — a comprehensive guide to help you identify new authors and genres.
  • World History in Context — primary sources, biographies, reference books and journals with videos and images covering both modern and ancient history.
  • ABI/Inform Global — management and business journals for professionals and students.
  • Aboriginal Legal Service — provides legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.
  • ACORN — provides advice on how to recognise and report different types of cybercrime.
  • AustLII — Australia's most popular free online resource for Australian legal information.
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) — access to statistics and products including census data and key national indicators.
  • Australian Standards — complete collection of Australian Standards. Available in our libraries only.
  • Choice Online — includes tests, reviews and articles. Full member access is available in our libraries only.
  • eSafety — information for parents and children to promote a safe and positive online experience. It also operates a complaints service for young people who face serious cyber bullying and investigates illegal online content exploiting children.
  • Family Violence Law Help — a new national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law and where to get help. It can be used by people affected by domestic and family violence, educators and frontline workers.
  • Find Legal Answers — useful links, plain language guides, pamphlets, books and lawyers tools.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library — eBooks that include employment selection and psychometric tests.
  • Global Issues in Context — provides information on global business issues through global viewpoints, reference materials and primary source documents.
  • Hunter Valley Research Foundation — reports on economic, environmental and social indicators relating to the Hunter region.
  • Law Handbook — all chapters from the 13th edition now available.
  • National Construction Code (NCC) — formerly the Building Code of Australia (BCA), now freely available. Register to gain full access.
  • NSW Government Gazettes — proclamations, regulations, government notices, private legal advertisements and other matters required to be published in the Government Gazette, from 2001 onwards.
  • NSW Legislation — current and historical NSW acts, regulations and environmental planning instruments.
  • NSWOFT Channel — Fair Trading YouTube channel showing short videos on consumer rights, buying and selling real estate, tenancy information, shopping scams and more. Some videos are available in languages other than English.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context — offers current and authoritative business research information using targeted arguments combined with reference articles, interactive maps and infographics.
  • Port Stephens Community Profile — demographic analysis of each suburb based on Census.
  • Port Stephens Economic Profile — statistics about Port Stephens' economy, industry and employment.
  • Tenant's Rights Manual — produced by the Tenants' Union of NSW especially for tenants and people who work with tenants on issues to do with renting.
  • Academic Search Elite — provides a scholarly collection of information covering a range of academic subject fields. With full text for more than 2100 journals.
  • Australia and New Zealand Reference Centre — provides magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create a large collection of regional full text content.
  • Australian and New Zealand Points of View — a range of essays presenting multiple perspectives of a current issue. Provides overview, point, counterpoint, and critical thinking guide.
  • Biography in Context — contextual information on the world's most influential people. Search by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, dates, places or keyword.
  • Carter's Price Guide to Antiques — Prices of antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage 20th Century Design. 1500 BC to present.
  • Choice Online — includes tests, reviews, and articles on consumer products and services. Available in our libraries only.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica — the complete encyclopaedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus, and The Britannica Yearbook.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library — full text encyclopaedias and specialised reference eBooks across a range of subjects. All books can be searched simultaneously or individually.
  • General OneFile — a collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and video that support general research and exploration.
  • Home Improvement Collection — over 4.5 million home improvement articles from hobbyists and professionals alike. Topics include architectural techniques, tool and material selection and more.
  • Macquarie Dictionary — gives you access to the most up-to-date database of Australian English, with annual updates of new words, along with its companion reference the Macquarie Thesaurus.
  • Masterfile — contains full text for nearly 1700 magazines covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library — an online version of the iconic National Geographic magazine, featuring a topic guide, image search and magazine archive from 1888 to the present.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection — a comprehensive collection of periodical content covering topics across a wide range of philosophies and religions.
  • Ask Izzy — connects people in need with housing, a meal, money help, family violence support, counselling and much more.
  • Consumer Health Complete — plain English health and medical information from encyclopaedias, reference books and magazine articles.
  • Drug Info @ Your Library — free drug and alcohol information online and in your local public library.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library — a collection of encyclopaedias and eBooks on health topics including illnesses, health and nutrition, fitness, mental health and more.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Centre — medical reference books and journals on health and health related topics with alternative and complementary medicine included.
  • Lab Tests Online — information about pathology testing that is accurate, reliable and independent. Managed by the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists.
  • Multicultural Health Communication Service — more than 450 updated health publications in a wide range of languages.
  • Patientinfo — a Hunter and New England health site put together by clinicians working in our local area. Resources and links are evidence based and up-to-date.
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection — includes academic journals and magazines covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness and sports medicine.
  • AMES: Learning English Online — improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Gain the confidence to use English in everyday situations, as well as for work and study. Learn about Australian society and culture at the same time.
  • Be Connected — a Government initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world and offering free digital support online.
  • Go Digi — a free program that helps individuals and communities improve their digital skills and confidence online.
  • Lynda Learning — an online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Video courses are delivered by engaging instructors who are experts in their fields.
  • Mango Languages — learn a new language at your own pace. Conversation and film-based digital resources to help you learn over 70 languages. Download the app for iOS and android devices to use Mango on the go!
  • The Computer School — interactive Online Computer and Technology Training Centre has more than 10,000 lessons and tutorials currently available. Training covers computer basics, technology basics, tablets and mobile devices. Contact library staff to obtain the password and start your online training session today.
  • Academic Search Premier — multidisciplinary database of more than 4600 journals including full text for nearly 3900 peer-reviewed titles.
  • Australia & New Zealand Reference Centre — full text articles from Australian and international newspapers and periodicals, as well as images and videos. Strong Australian content including the Newcastle Herald.
  • General OneFile — a collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and video that support general research and exploration.
  • GreenFILE — scholarly and general interest titles, government documents and reports covering the relationship between humans and the environment.
  • MasterFILE Complete — Over 2000 general interest publications. Also contains primary source documents and a large collection of photos, maps and flags.
  • PressReader — read newspapers and magazines from Australia and around the world. You can also view PressReader content in our libraries using the free WiFi. While visiting you can download single issues using the PressReader app.
  • Proquest ANZ Newstand — a selection of full text newspapers and newswires from Australia and New Zealand covering regional and international topics.
  • Proquest Research Library — a broad range of academic journals including education, humanities, multicultural issues, social sciences and more.
  • CSIRO eBooks — Australia's premier science publisher covering a wide range of disciplines. Access a range of authoritative eBooks through this collection. Contact the Library for access details from home.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library — full text eBooks including Science and Environment titles.
  • GreenFILE — scholarly and general interest titles, government documents and reports covering the relationship between humans and the environment.
  • Infobase eBooks — a collection of eBooks on scientific subjects: geology, biology, physics, chemistry, the environment, as well as biographies of prominent figures. High School level.
  • Interactive: Science — authoritative, high-quality digital content of the most studied science subjects. Includes interactive 3D models with functionality including zooming in, rotating and pulling them apart.
  • Science in Context — a multi-media science encyclopaedia with eBooks, journal articles, topic overviews, biographies, videos and images.
  • Science Reference Center — science and technology journals covering biology, chemistry, Earth, space, life, physics and environmental science.

Students

View eResources for a broad range of subjects — access our online resources from home or on-the-go with your library card, or pop in to your local branch to find a quiet corner and use the wi-fi.

  • Bored of Studies — created by students, for students. Gives year 12 and year 11 students resources and support they need to succeed.
  • NSW Students Online — your source for information about your study from Year 10 to the HSC. Use your Student Number and pin to log in for your personal education details.

View the Subject Guides for:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Science
  • Society and Culture
  • Visual Arts

eLibrary help

Need help using our eLibrary or not sure how to get started?  Find FAQs, user guides, tutorials and more. You can also contact us for troubleshooting at your local branch.